• Driving Miss Daisy

    Driving Miss Daisy

    I dunno, I guess my hot take is that this is fine — a very theatrical-feeling adaptation of a play that doesn't really engage with any of the racial issues it uses as window-dressing, but tells a sweet and simple story that's well-performed enough to be likable. Not worth much fuss either way, but its best picture win at the Oscars is clearly the worst thing that could have happened to it.

  • Gods and Monsters

    Gods and Monsters

    Really liked this — Ian McKellan's performance is incredible, I think.

  • Iris

    Iris

    This gets better as it goes, but it's wild to me that a movie this nondescript about its characters is in fact a biopic about two considerable intellects. James Horner's score is assaultive. Obviously the performances are good and it has its moments, but this the sort of egregious Weinstein-cultivated "prestige drama" that has fallen well out of fashion at this moment. Maybe I'd have responded more strongly to it 20 years ago (when I was a dumb teen and…

  • Why Did You Kill Me?

    Why Did You Kill Me?

    The Netflix True Crime Documentary Industrial Complex strikes again

  • Thunder Force

    Thunder Force

    If I were Melissa McCarthy's husband, I would simply make sure that the movies I wrote and directed for her were good and funny.

  • Testament

    Testament

    I like 'em bleak, but jeez louise, this is bleak and a half.

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    Cotton candy, but it has my good friend Godzilla in it, so I enjoyed it.

  • The Ten Commandments

    The Ten Commandments

    ★★★★½

    The 4K Blu-ray is amazing.

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

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    ★★★★★

    Saw the 4K remaster of the theatrical cut on the big screen, watched immediately after The Two Towers. I love everything about this movie. This one suffers the most for missing the added scenes from the extended cut — Saruman's final moments, added Army of the Dead stuff, and the Mouth of Sauron are crucial. Still, this took me right back to seeing this for the first time as a teenager, my mind being blown by the visual and narrative…

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    ★★★★★

    Big screen revisit of the remastered theatrical cut, followed by Return of the King, this afternoon. Still great, but I missed the added backstory of Faramir and the extra time in Rohan that you get in the extended cut. This theatrical cut moves like a bullet, though. Helm's Deep still incredible.

  • Nobody

    Nobody

    If you don't think I won't line up to see the future adventures of John Nobody on the big screen, you're mistaken.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

    Saw the 4K remaster of the theatrical cut on the big screen tonight. (My deepest thanks to the folks at Pfizer for making that happen.) I've seen this movie dozens of times. I saw it five times in its original theatrical run and watched it every night for two weeks when it first came out on DVD. Seeing it again in theaters was a real treat because despite all that I still noticed new small details and appreciated the finer…