• Love Hard

    Love Hard

    ★★★

    It’s not that’s it’s good…it’s that it was exactly what I wanted it to be, puffy-faced allergic reaction and all!

  • Let It Snow

    Let It Snow

    ★★½

    Tis the season.

  • Clifford the Big Red Dog

    Clifford the Big Red Dog

    My son thinks this is his favorite movie ever. I think it’s better than Tom and Jerry. Win-win.

  • The Hottest August

    The Hottest August

    ★★★★½

    Watch this with First Reformed.

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★½

    Insane confidence. Assured filmmaking. Messy and inspired thoughts around major issues of sex and gender and body and aging. 

    I felt absolutely exhausted after it and like I was ready to move on. Can’t help that.

  • No Way Out

    No Way Out

    ★★★

    Different decade, so many reflections. 

    As a movie, there are some great lines and moments of greatness in the performances. Overall it was fine. But that junkyard scene. Wow! Great setup for the lighting. The calm. The insanity. And then it cuts after the shock and awe registers. Today, that would have been a “single” fifteen minute set piece. And it wouldn’t have been any more effective. I won’t soon forget this amazing moment on film.

    Watched via the Criterion Channel’s Fox Noir series. I didn’t finish in November but I’m going to see if I can tackle the remainder over the next few weeks.

  • A Castle for Christmas

    A Castle for Christmas

    I’m pretty sure this movie had a very complicated ending which was edited right the hell out and I’m amused.

  • Paddington

    Paddington

    ★★★★½

    Perfect start to the holiday season. Baby 2’s first movie.

  • Night and the City

    Night and the City

    ★★★★½

    Freaking loved this movie. From beginning to end I was hooked. The solicitor had to have inspired Pete Postlethwaite in The Usual Suspects. And some stuff in the finale was definitely cribbed in Joker. This movie felt like a perfect prototype. Richard Widmark’s vibe has been stolen by Paul Bettany and I’m very into it. Also, I thought the ending was perfect. Even when, for a moment, I thought it wasn’t.  

    Watched Via The Criterion Channel’s Fox Noir series.

  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    ★★★★½

    The best, so far, in the Fox Noir Series. I love a good time jump and this has a few. Great final scene. Totally get why Del Toro took a swing at it.

    If you like this, I highly recommend the book "Geek Love".

    Watched via Criterion Channel's Fox Noir series.

  • Somewhere in the Night

    Somewhere in the Night

    ★★★

    Love a good amnesia tale. This is everything I think of in a noir, and it's so much fun.

    Watched via Criterion Channel's Fox Noir series.

  • Hangover Square

    Hangover Square

    ★★★½

    Nice and murdery. The music is amazing. Bernard Herrmann was a king. The final shot is so good. Loved the setting.

    Watched via Criterion Channel's Fox Noir series.