• Melody Makers

    Melody Makers

    It's a bit scattershot, but very worth a watch if you're even remotely interested in the subject matter.

  • Space Is the Place

    Space Is the Place

    • Sun Ra wears hats.
    • "So, do you want your spaceship to look like sperm or boobs?" "Both. And make it yellow. With flames."
    • What's going on, man?

  • Fando and Lis

    Fando and Lis

    The closest we may get to a Jodo rom com

  • The Dark Crystal

    The Dark Crystal

    ★★★★★

    Workprint VHS version:

    The critic's consensus about this movie is that the story and characters are weak, despite taking place in an incredible visual landscape. I find, as I study it, that there are layers to the mythology and an inner life to the characters that is always hiding just on the edge of the frame. It's a beautiful masterpiece, and it's a damn shame that some have let it pass them by.

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

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    I don't care how many Oscars Howard Shore won for this, it isn't enough.

  • Dogtooth

    Dogtooth

    ★★★★

    I wonder how many behaviors we accept as normal are actually objectively strange.

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

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

    Some stories only get better as one gets older.

  • Leviathan

    Leviathan

    Some reflections:

    • We see but we do not observe
    • Damn, this season of Deadliest Catch took an artsy turn
    • What does a can of Seagrams ginger ale really mean?
    • I hope someone documented the moment where the French filmmakers explained to the grizzled new England fishermen that they were installing a camera in the bathroom for a shower scene

  • Seconds

    Seconds

    ★★★★½

    Standing on the brink of the old and the new, finding neither one satisfying.

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★★★

    Two movie tickets at the discount theater? $6.00. Bag of popcorn? $5.50. Going to the movies for the first time after a pandemic-induced hiatus to watch a classic with your lady and finding you have the entire screening room to yourselves? Priceless.

  • V for Vendetta

    V for Vendetta

    God is in the rain.

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    ★★

    Still 2/5. It's a big cartoon lacking in anything meaningful. There are moments of fun but most of whatever dazzle there was has long since worn off.