• Enter the Dragon

    Enter the Dragon

    ★★★½

    There’s no doubt that Bruce Lee is an unstoppable, magnetic force in this, but compared to King Boxer a.k.a. The Five Fingers of Death (the other big kung-fu crossover hit that was responsible for igniting the craze of the 1970s), Enter the Dragon comes out feeling like the flabby contender in the ring. Whereas Fingers is stylish, generous, and unrelenting, Dragon (an American production) is just less of everything. Not to mention slightly stilted, bloated, and awkward. Why they went all-in on…

  • Five Fingers of Death

    Five Fingers of Death

    ★★★★

    So few movies deliver what they promise anymore, but this one? You get everything and then some. It’s fucking great.

  • The Beatles: Get Back

    The Beatles: Get Back

    ★★★★½

    Yes, the footage is revelatory and getting to spend this much time just hanging with the four of them has been one of the best experiences of the last year. But what the FUCK has Peter Jackson done to the beautiful 16mm film? The man who brought us The Hobbit in 60 frames per second has now COMPLETELY SLATHERED this historic document with DNR (digital noise reduction) software and completely ruined the look of the footage. The whole thing looks…

  • Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

    Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

    ★★★★

    EXHAUSTIVE in every sense of the word but lord knows when the end credits start rolling, you feel qualified to teach a college course on folk horror.

  • Out of the Blue

    Out of the Blue

    ★★★★½

    As if we needed another reason to recognize Dennis Hopper as one of the great filmmakers of the last third of the twentieth century, along comes the new restoration and reappraisal of Out of the Blue. Having only heard this spoken of in whispers for what seems like years, I was unsure of what to expect, given its tumultuous release and response from critics. Everything that's been said about its tone is true: it's a bleak, nihilistic wail of a…

  • Once

    Once

    ★★★★

    Sitting down with this on a chilly Sunday morning with a cup of tea was the epitome of cozy.

  • The Last Days of Disco

    The Last Days of Disco

    Ughhhh. Kinda insufferable. My second and probably last Stillman. I don’t get the appeal at all, like who are these movies made for? Is there really a group of people out there who watch these and feel seen? Despite half the runtime being set in a discotheque, this is probably the most inert movie to ever deal with music. Like no movement at all. And the soundtrack is littered with the most obvious cuts. Also everyone looks like they stepped…

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  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★★★

    35mm. New Beverly.

    I guess people are finally coming around to this one then?

  • My Dinner with Andre

    My Dinner with Andre

    ★★★★

    André Gregory is my style icon but I live in LA and can only wear cardigans like five days out of the year.

  • To Die For

    To Die For

    ★★★

    It's just too much of a thing to really work; you've got the Danny Elfman score, the "interviews" directly into camera, the ironic use of music. I'm not sure it necessarily plays into Van Sant's strengths as a filmmaker. Not a total waste but also not the forgotten gem people say it is.

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★½

    70mm at the Regency Westwood Village

    PTA returns to the Valley. His lightest, funniest, sweetest movie in a long time (maybe ever?).  A sort of companion piece to pal Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, although mostly just in texture. It’s PTA all the way through. LOVED this.