• Transporter 2

    Transporter 2

    Good to see something remind you how mediocre movies can be sometimes.

  • Dead Man

    Dead Man

    Cements Jimmy Jay as one of My Absolute Dudes. Time to break out the hyperbolic praise and pour it all over this masterpiece. Gorgeous, God tier cinematography. Funny as fuck. Packed with damn good actors doing dam good acting. Rockin soundtrack. One of the best westerns ever, revisionist or otherwise. A new favorite.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    Extended Edition.

    My favorite addition is Merry wistfully watching Pippin's departure and telling Aragorn in so many words how much he loves his friend. Lord of the Rings is built on such scenes. For all its grandeur, majesty and poetry, I believe it endures because of the palpable love between its characters. They are fighting for each other, even when distance prohibits then from knowing one another's general condition.

  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    More than noir - an epic. A bold, Gothic rise and fall narrative that skewers a particular American brand of religious figure: the huckster preacher. Power is magnetic.

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    Nobody writes better, more memorable characters than Paulie (except the Coens). Nor does anyone else get such consistently high level performances out of them on top of it. Sometimes I can't make sense of their behavior (the characters). At least at first. While it's always human sometimes it gets pushed to a stranger (you might say more real) place than most movies would go. But then, almost inevitably, it makes more and more sense to me on reflection. I'm sure it'll be even clearer on a second viewing.

  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    Intensely earnest tearjerker with a warm and deeply lived-in performance by Phoenix, contender for GOAT status. Full of quote-worthy ruminations on parenting, siblings, love and enjoying the simple things. Photographed in “let’s see more movies like this” black and white. Basically, exactly what you want from a little slice of life American dramedy of a certain budget.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    There’s nothing new to say about this perfect piece of shiny chrome. Allow me to simply state my points of agreement. This is some of the damn finest world-building ever done in fiction. Nobody explains shit; they don’t have to. We learn everything we need about this richly complex post-apocalyptic hellscape through seeing it in action. Dialogue is minimal; the cars, costumes, and landscapes do all the talking. All of the chases absolutely rip harder than any other bit of…

  • The Mummy

    The Mummy

    One of the great American action movies. Often I feel short-changed by action films; they give us one or two fights and call it a day. The Mummy is jam-packed with damn fun, expertly choreographed and thrillingly filmed set pieces (hell yeah longer shots and clarity of movement). This would be exhausting if The Mummy didn’t have such fun characters played with total aplomb by a stellar cast. A never better Brendan Fraser is somehow both traditionally dashing/capable/suave AND an…

  • Married to the Mob

    Married to the Mob

    An illegal amount of fun

  • Hush

    Hush

    Yes. A few last act scenes aside, a tight and tense as hell battle between two opponents that plays out largely in silence. Gripping and scary, with a truly evil antagonist. The moment he removes his mask and spells out his reasons, or lack thereof, is haunting. A good example of doing a lot with a little.

  • I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

    I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

    Gnarly little flick that goes to some genuinely surprising places. Who knew anybody had anything new to say about vigilantism?

  • Moneyball

    Moneyball

    Wtf this is a great movie about potential and work and outside the box thinking. ALSO wtf Pitt and Hill are great but how did I not know PSH is in this movie, he is the GOAT, how dare he be less celebrated than anybody else.