• O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    ★★★★½

    It seems I had forgotten how packed with story this movie is. Not only that, it lives in the framework of Greek mythology while also strongly incorporating blues mythology and southern/depression culture. This movie goes into the Hall of Fame of great collections if faces on film, both from casting and crazy expressions.

  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★½

    A fascinating story of the falling out between man and AI that ultimately leads to Judgment Day, I'm assuming... or the downfall of technology resulting in a collapse of society of the Mad Max movies. I like to think that it is the chronological bridge between the time traveling Terminators and the virtual prison of the Matrix they build for humans after their eventual future war defeat. Or maybe it's just a guy who loves his phone just a little too much.

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  • For Love of the Game

    For Love of the Game

    ★★★½

    It's funny, I always think of this as a really good baseball movie and early on I was starting to change my mind to think it was an incredibly cheesy love story. As the innings get later I was sucked into the perfect game and the love story all over again. Perhaps it's a guilty pleasure of a baseball movie or that I really love that this is about the every day grind of the regular season without any taste of playoffs.

  • The Velvet Underground

    The Velvet Underground

    ★★★★

    It's interesting to have seen the Basquiat documentary not that long ago to see how similar the scene in New York City was in the '60's and the '80's were to each other in that very creative people gravitated to the same small areas of a big city so that many people in small-ish friend circles ended up being very talented and very famous. A bit of the reason for that must be survival of the fittest, if you can't…

  • Raising Arizona

    Raising Arizona

    ★★★★

    It's funny how silly of a story this is, the dialogue is clever with a good number of laughs peppered in and ultimately the villain of the movie comes straight out of an early Mad Max movie, yet the direction is sneaky and absolutely brilliant. There are sequences where the direction couldn't be matched in a classic movie from Europe or one of Leone's Man with No Name westerns, but they are snuck into silly scenes like the proposition of…

  • A League of Their Own

    A League of Their Own

    ★★★★★

    I watched the commentary not realizing this is Penny Marshall's birthday. The best part is a scene where the team bus slams to a halt, they all talk about how bags were falling all over the actresses and one of the actresses says "I was pregnant here." Penny responds "what a slut."

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    ★★★½

    I'd have to say that this is the ultimate horror film for me. The mixture of soap opera/psycho-horror leaves me so haunted and queasy that there really isn't anything that compares. Perhaps it's the extra level of mind-bending incest that stretches this well beyond unease. I once told someone that I wouldn't watch this more than once and I wouldn't dare make anyone else watch it with me and they point ed out that I had committed both sins with…

  • The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski

    ★★★★★

    I think this kind of runs into the problem of being so much of a cult movie that it gets lost how incredibly well made this is and how perfect the writing is. Oddly, while nihilists are considered villains of the film, yet the viewpoint is groundbreaking in that the file. is named after the other Lebowski, the Dude is the character whose story we see the most of, yet Donnie is the main character. One of the first images…

  • Black Book

    Black Book

    ★★★★

    Ahh, so this is why I sometimes go through a director's filmography. Paul Verhoeven tells a wild WWII of the Dutch resistance and a Jewish woman stuck in the middle trying to survive. Very well acted, the story is epic, and the context that it is told through one big flashback puts such an interesting perspective on how the main character's trauma affected her for a lifetime.

  • eXistenZ

    eXistenZ

    ★★½

    Oh Christ. There are too many layers of being inside a game within a game and the players/actors appearing to be unaware of what is going on then later being fully aware of what everyone else has been doing. This is much closer to Jesus Shows You The Way tot he Highway , but worse, than Matrix, but worse. I do respect Cronenberg for making a videogame version of what Videodrome did with video, biological guns and all. But what…

  • Pan's Labyrinth

    Pan's Labyrinth

    ★★★★½

    This is probably better than I had remembered, mostly because I wasn't blindsided by the disturbing imagery and themes of the story. It really is a fantastic fairytale set in historic fiction. Beautifully shot, I regret that I am terrible at picking up on color themes while watching movies and tend to just soak them up subconsciously, but I could tell there is an extra layer in the coloring of this movie.

  • Blade II

    Blade II

    ★★½

    I'm working my way through Guillermo del Toro's filmography and I am not regretting skipping over the Blade franchise while watching Marvel movies. I still stand by my stance that vampires and the rules for their existence are nonsense. It is pretty hilarious how the titular Blade character is not very central to the movie. The music is trash.