• Line Goes Up: The Problem With NFTs

    Line Goes Up: The Problem With NFTs

    ★★★★★

    A thorough, entirely clear, occasionally funny, and pretty depressing feature-length YouTube video that explains why crypto and NFT are utter bullshit, which answered every question about both I had and several questions I didn't have, and should be required viewing for anyone that has any interest in this nonsense. God, what a fucking scam all this shit is.

  • Nobody

    Nobody

    ★★★½

    About a third of the way through this flick Bob Odenkirk screams “give me the kitty cat bracelet, motherfucker!”, at which point the tone at which this movie is pitched can be perfectly understood. The John Wickification of Hollywood has led to a decent number of stylish action movies where people perform elaborate fight scenes under abnormal circumstances, and this one is probably in the upper tier, mainly because of Odenkirk’s performance and the conceit of this guy getting off…

  • Patterson-Gimlin Film

    Patterson-Gimlin Film

    Anybody that says that Bigfoot isn't real is trying too hard

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★½

    Actually now have seen it three times - a second time at home to catch scenes I missed in the theater, and this time just for fun - and have started picking out things I like or hit me different on this viewing. To wit:

    - Jonathan Groff has really grown on me. The perfect amount of smarm as Anderson’s boss, and then a thoroughly relaxed “I’m back and better than ever” performance as Smith. Much like Morpheus Mark II,…

  • Gotti

    Gotti

    A truly magnificent hot mess, a movie that you give to a film school student and say "write an essay about all the shit they did wrong" for a final exam, and all the funnier because the least essential member of the entourage in Entourage directed this shit. The acting is tremendously bad, the story sort of lurches from one plot point to another with only a lame framing device connecting them and nothing properly explaining who anybody is, the…

  • The Earliest Show

    The Earliest Show

    ★★★½

    Wandering through Lauren Lapkus's filmography because The Wrong Missy is one of the lowest rated movies on the website, and stumbled upon this, which I remember enjoying quite a bit when it originally came out. It's not really a movie, but that's fine, neither is The Queen's Gambit and I'm not deleting my reviews of it anytime soon. Of the many very funny people and occasional chuds/sex criminals that have made their way onto Comedy Bang Bang!: The Podcast over…

  • F9

    F9

    ★★★½

    If you watch the entire James Bond franchise, you can see the ways the movies react to the times both in general and in movies specifically - blaxploitation in Live and Let Die, modern terrorism in Casino Royale, and so on. And you can see the same thing with the Fast franchise - car culture, modern choreographed action, etc. So this, then, is the “fan service” movie, the one in which movies are made for likes on Twitter and videos…

  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    ★★★

    Some thoughts in lieu of an actual review:

    - This needed at least a few more drafts, or a few more punch-up sessions. Sheesh.

    - While I know that this is not actually a Fast and Furious movie, this is so much not a Fast and Furious movie (no team chemistry, too much limp banter, the lack of those movies’ particular touch that says “yeah, we love this shit too”) that it’s kinda jarring. I’m incredibly easy to entertain, and I was…

  • The Fate of the Furious

    The Fate of the Furious

    ★★★

    Very much like some of the older F&Fs, where I found myself pondering the good points and the bad points of this movie. The good:

    - I was expecting this to be a much lesser movie by some of the reviews, and it’s still very much a Fast movie, and I’ve yet to not enjoy one of these. The streak continues!
    - Some astounding setpieces - the zombie car bit one of the best of the series, the cold open…

  • Fast Five

    Fast Five

    ★★★★★

    Watched again because I got the 4K collection (no F9, unfortunately), and I mainly just wanted to watch it again. A few things on rewatch:

    1. The pacing is just outstanding. That’s one of the things that separates this from the pack - the movie is just as jam-packed as the ones that follow, but because it cuts back on the bloat (not completely, but enough) and is so well-paced, the movie just flies by. You can really feel how…

  • Furious 7

    Furious 7

    ★★★★½

    Glad I saw Malignant before this, mainly because it’s such a batshit entertainment, but also so that I can get a flavor of what James Wan brings to the table before seeing his lone entry into the Fast universe. And boy, is this shit something else, an ante-upping rollercoaster that completely does away with realism in the service of entertainment and is all the better for it. The fight scenes are brutal and visceral, the astounding Azerbaijan rescue sequence (with the unbelievable…

  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

    The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

    ★★★★

    Gets a bonus half star right off the bat for a) the first song on the soundtrack being the remix of DJ Shadow banger "Six Days" and b) the first villain being good ol' Zachery Ty Bryan of Home Improvement fame. A franchise this strange (in the good way) deserves this sort of entry, the odd duck / black sheep that still has partisans that love it just as much for it being out of step as for its actual…