• Inland Empire

    Inland Empire

    ★★

    I can't argue that Lynch didn't achieve what he set out to do. So by that metric this film is a success. I can only attempt to explain how what was presented to me impacted me. And I can say that from that perspective, the film failed.

    There is something wrong with my brain. Too many dime-store mystery novels, or BBC whodunits TV miniseries? But whatever it is, I cannot watch a movie like that and not try to "figure…

  • Me and My Gal

    Me and My Gal

    ★★★½

    Very witty, very snappy, incredibly adorable.

    Me and My Gal has Spencer Tracy as a rookie beat cop that gets quickly promoted to detective. He has eyes for a coffee shop gal played by Joan Bennett. She flirtatiously refuses his advances for a while, but eventually they get together, and sparks fly. They are a wonderful on-screen couple.

    Bennett has a sister who gets married to a good guy, goofball. But she is still under the spell of the bad…

  • Hour of the Gun

    Hour of the Gun

    ★★★½

    One of my favorite guilty / non guilty films is the 1993, George P. Cosmatos film, Tombstone. It encompases the events that lead up to the gunfight at the OK Corral, the fight itself, and then goes into the aftermath and man hunt enacted by Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, and their posse. One of may favorite parts of that film is the wonderful, scene stealing performance Val Kilmer gives as Doc Holiday.

    In this film, director John Sturges open with…

  • Which Way to the Front?

    Which Way to the Front?

    ★★½

    I have a beautiful and creative four year old son. Everyday he comes home from daycare with a whole slew of new stories about his friends, and their adventures. He is so excited when he is telling the stories, he doesn't bother with any transitional statements. He might say something like, "Ellis found a rock on the playground and then Allison went to the potty and then there was a hole in the celing and then the monster yelled and…

  • Eega

    Eega

    ★★★½

    I've noticed a common element in Indian films. The boy that chases the girl, sometimes for years (like in the case of this film), while the girl never even acknowledges his interest. It can be sweet and endearing, but it can also get a little creepy. I absolutely love DDLJ, but that film has the same problem.

    This film's premise is wild. A boy pursues a girl for two years. She finally accepts him, and falls in love. That very…

  • 8 Million Ways to Die

    8 Million Ways to Die

    ★★

    How many dead beat detectives has Jeff Bridges played?

    This film fits nicely in that trashy, L.A. noir genre bucket. The story is Chandler-esque. An alcoholic cop is kicked off the force and becomes a private detective. One day a boozy dame enters the picture and ensnares him in the world of organized crime, prostitution, and drug trafficking. He is fighting his own demons while trying to solve the case. And of course falling in love with the beautiful blonde…

  • Eternals

    Eternals

    ★★★★

    The first thing I need to say is that the color or tint on the Disney+ stream I watched looked like shit. I paused it several times and tried adjusting the setting on my TV, and I restarted the movie twice hoping for a brighter / crisper image. It looked like I was watching it with sunglasses on, or what your phone looks like when you have the brightness turned down about halfway. If this was intentional on the filmmakers…

  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    ★★★★★

    I read up a little on this one before I watched it. Everything I read talked about how is was a real bummer of a movie, which it for sure is. It talked about the basic premise, but those two elements did not congeal in my mind.

    I was not ready for this.

    It Depression Era America, California to be specific. A dance hall on the boardwalk is holding a dancing marathon competition. The winning couple gets $1,500. All you…

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    ★★★

    This was a journey down memory lane for me. I had an awareness of Jim and Tammy before they were international superstars of the televangelist world. And I paid attention during their fall from grace. But to be honest, I haven't given them much consideration in the last almost 30 years.

    The movie is a traditional biopic, and that is where the root of its problems lay. We see little Tammy Faye in her mama's church. Then again in college…

  • The Proposition

    The Proposition

    ★★★½

    Part of my "Year of Rewatches" concentration, sub-classification: Movies I didn't like at the time, but might appreciate more now.

    It is very likely that I saw this film via Netflix disc, probably around 2007-2008. I don't have a review from that time. My guess is that I didn't like the methodical pace, and was turned off by the grit and grime of the film, both in the landscape, and narratively.

    Now, with a great deal more film consideration under…

  • T2 Trainspotting

    T2 Trainspotting

    ★★★★

    Last year was my "franchise movie" concentration, where I watched sequels and prequels to films or film franchises that I had not completed. This title was on that list, but it either wasn't available to stream, or when it was I was afraid it was going to be shite, to use the parlance of the film.

    So imagine my subtle pleasure about 20 minutes into this when I ask myself, "Am I enjoying this"? And then again in about another…

  • The Tales of Hoffmann

    The Tales of Hoffmann

    ★★

    Occasionally on here I will rate a film low, but give it the "like" heart. This indicates I didn't think it was a very good film, but I enjoyed watching it enough, and might consider watching it again. I sort of wish there was a "dislike" button here. I would give this film a high ranking, but click the dislike button. This would indicate that I recognize the greatness of the film, but did not enjoy my experience of watching…