• The Midnight Sky

    The Midnight Sky

    ★★

    A very generous offering with 2 stars - probably  only 1 star.  Terribly simple story line - your basic end-of-the-world-save-humanity sci-fi tale.  It is fulled with 1+ hour of silly filler material - space walks, plane crashes, silent self-contemplation.  I enjoy George Clooney as an actor, but this film is shite.  You’d be better off watching Oh Brother Where Art Thou for the 10th time rather than enduring this one.

  • Chinatown

    Chinatown

    ★★★★★

    In my opinion, one of the greatest films ever made. I love period films set in Los Angeles, so there is that. The story is complex and full of tension between characters start to finish.

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    Crap. A nonsensical existential sci-fi journey. The acting is poor, the story line is weak, and nothing about the space travel documented here abides by any limits defined by laws of physics. How does a spacecraft travel from Mars to Neptune "overnight"? How do radio transmission travel from Neptune to Earth instantaneously? Open space walks bouncing around from ship to ship? The list of completely unbelievable situations permeates the entire film. ZZZZzzzzzz.

  • Brüno

    Brüno

    Admittedly, the first time watching this I gave it 3 stars. A second viewing a couple years later, upped it to 4 stars. Boarders on brilliant at times with cameos by unlikely characters as Ron Paul, Elton John, and even Snoop Dog. A pretty pointed commentary on the underlying homophobic sentiment that resides through much of America.

  • Sideways

    Sideways

    ★★★★★

    Fantastic film. Love, Loss, Loneliness, Obsession. Really great acting.

  • Bird Box

    Bird Box

    This film is pure shiite. Why did this become such a social media sensation? Are the people that like this film the same folks eating detergent pods? The only decent acting here is by John Malkovitch and his appearance is ever so brief. Blah.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★

    This is a GREAT film. Is it perfect? No. Great? Yes. If you enjoy a good LA period piece (think LA confidential, Chinatown, Mulholland Falls) and you can appreciate a Tarantino tale, then this film is for you. It is NOT a typical Tarantino film - it lacks the blood-splattered twisted plot of many of his other films - rather it slowly builds to a satisfying conclusion. I thought both Brad and Leo did nice work here.

  • Free Solo

    Free Solo

    ★★★★★

    Great film.  Biography of Honnold is fascinating and the film work on the cliffs is astounding.

  • The Dawn Wall

    The Dawn Wall

    ★★★★

    A nice climbing movie.  Great interviews and a strong story. Tommy Caldwell is such a great non-actor.

  • Snowpiercer

    Snowpiercer

    If there was some allegory here,  I must have missed it.  This was a waste of time.

  • Logan's Run

    Logan's Run

    ★★★

    Sci-Fi that almost stands the test of time.  Watched again 35 yrs later and still is pretty good story.

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★★½

    Classic Cohen Brothers film - quirky.  Is it a Western?  Well... the wardrobe and scenery certainly are, but the vignettes within transcend a period or place.  They are ironic, comedic, and tragic tales that could be told anywhere.