• The Wolverine

    The Wolverine

    ★★★★

    Logan in Japan ... of course that's a badass combo.

    "What kind of monster are you? ... The Wolverine!"

    So after the ridiculousness of 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' they finally delivered a more hardcore version of Logan that X-Men fans had apparently been craving. While I have noted many times that I thought there was way too much focus on Wolverine in the previous movies, I did really like the thrill ride this solo wolffy outing delivers with a solid take…

  • Stalingrad

    Stalingrad

    ★★★★

    (The Average Joe’s Movie Club Cast)

    Recommended by: Max Rothman

    (Foreign language film - German)

    Regardless of what the history books have written about the winners and losers of war, there has always been at least traces of humanity within those brave souls putting their lives on the line.

    "They say in Germany when you die as a soldier you are honored. That's something, isn't it? Siberia? Not for me. I'm cold enough."

    After having seen countless movies where Nazis…

  • Enemy at the Gates

    Enemy at the Gates

    ★★★★½

    (The Average Joe’s Movie Club Cast)

    Nostrovia to this damn good Hollywoodized story about one of the bloodiest battles of WW2.

    "He shot him on the run. It was an impossible shot ... Vassili ... You've promised people a victory I can't deliver. I don't stand a chance against this man."

    Enemy at the Gates is about a Soviet Sniper named Vassili whose reputation as a deadly sharpshooter helped give the people of the Soviet Union hope during their darkest…

  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    (Episode 5)

    I had not planned to write anything until the finale but ... Oh come on "What's in the box??????"

    I am loving watching this and 'Mighty Ducks Game Changers' (which is sadly no longer on Letterboxd for reasons????) each weekend.

    The pacing in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is fantastic with plenty of insightful character moments and excellent action sequences. Marvel must have heard the complaints about people thinking their cinematography was generic, because there are some…

  • The Maltese Falcon

    The Maltese Falcon

    ★★★½

    (The Average Joe’s Movie Club Cast)

    Sometimes all-time classics simply aren't the stuff your personal dreams are made of.

    "When you're slapped, you'll take it and like it."

    I admit Humphrey Bogart as Samuel Spade is a great character in this, but even all his cynically slick dialogue could not get me to care about the murder mystery this essentially boils down to. Sam's secretary Effie was a great character, but I thought the femme fatal and his partner's widow…

  • Bringing Up Baby

    Bringing Up Baby

    ★★★★

    Criterion Collection Spine #1085

    When I first heard the term screwball comedy ... this was the kind of movie I was expecting.

    "You've just had a bad day, that's all ... That's a masterpiece of understatement."

    Bringing Up Baby is an early take on a 'Manic Pixie Dream Girl' story, but when it comes to Katharine Hepburn in this why not throw in words like kooky and posh for good measure. This zany comedy is about a straight-laced scientist named…

  • A Wild Hare

    A Wild Hare

    (Classic Cartoons Awareness Series)

    Early Bugs Bunny VS Elmer Fudd .... Tex Avery style.

    "Be vewy, vewy qwiet. I'm hunting wabbits."

    I am curious to find out just how many Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies episodes feature Elmer hunting Bugs in the woods. Based on the early design of the characters like Bugs having a grape-shaped head, I am assuming this was one of their first encounters.

    "Pardon me, but you know, you wook just wike a wabbit ... Ehhh... c'mere. Listen,…

  • Now Hear This

    Now Hear This

    (Classic Cartoons Awareness Series)

    One trippy cartoon combo of sound, animation, and text.

    "Moral: The other fellow's trumpet always looks greener" ... ironic since the little mustache guy ditches his green hearing horn for the Devil's red one ... at least for awhile.

    Every once in a while you come across a bit of animation that was designed to confuse and freak kids out, while dazzling stoners. The opening credits reminded me of the craziness from the 'Monty Python and…

  • The Beast of War

    The Beast of War

    ★★★★

    (The Average Joe’s Movie Club Cast)

    With their tank running on fumes through the Afghan countryside, a tyrannical soviet commander leads his crew against a band of rebels set on avenging the trail of destruction these foreign invaders have left behind.

    "Well, sir, the roadwheel's cracked. Kaminski drank our brakes. We're low on petrol. The battery's low. We're losing oil. If the engine heats up it's gonna seize. The terrain, obviously against us. We have no rations. The Mujas behind…

  • Rabbit Fire

    Rabbit Fire

    (Classic Cartoons Awareness Series)

    Simplistic wordplay comedy at its finest with the famous debate over what hunting season it really is.

    "Duck season ... Wabbit season ... Wabbit season ... Duck season ... Wabbit season ... I say it's duck season. And I say fire!"

    (Quick Hits)

    - I love how the opening music actually sounds like it is saying Bugs Bunny's catchphrase 'What's Up, Doc?', kind of like what John Williams' 'Superman March' does

    - I am thinking that…

  • Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century

    Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century

    (Classic Cartoons Awareness Series)

    With Duck Dodgers and Marvin Martian facing off .... it is sure to be mutually assured ducktruction!

    "Are you ready, eager young space cadet? I-I-I'm r-r-r-all set, sir. Then make way for DUCK DODGERS IN THE 24 1/2TH CENTURY!"

    Now is as good a time as any to mention that Marvin Martian and Taz would have to be my too favorite Looney Tunes characters, likely because they are so unique. All I remembered about this one…

  • The Bear That Wasn't

    The Bear That Wasn't

    (Classic Cartoons Awareness Series)

    Recommended by: Jarrett

    "You are not a bear; you are a silly man who needs a shave and wears a fur coat."

    In this 10 minute short a bear lays down for a long winter nap only to wake up stuck in an industrial urban jungle. Then because he is so out of place in this strange new environment, no one from the foreman to the President of the company believes that he is a bear,…