• Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    ★★★★½

    went to go see this with my aunt and uncle at a packed cinema and i felt like i was at a porno theater. to be clear this is not meant to be a negative

  • The Cranes Are Flying

    The Cranes Are Flying

    ★★★★★

    a little over a year ago i was on a date with a russian woman and had already downed 2 bottles of wine and suggested in between drunkenly insisting we should order chicken that we should also watch this movie. about a week later the world exploded. anyway this is a pretty good movie

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    Punch-Drunk Love

    ★★★★½

    Admittedly a bit hard to get through at first, but I have never seen a film firing on all cylinders quite like this one in some time. The sound design, the music, the acting, the writing, the cinematography, all at the top of the game.

    I have also never seen a film that has been able to capture the feeling of the initial intoxication of love with such precision before. That feeling that even though you may not know someone…

  • Great Freedom No. 7

    Great Freedom No. 7

    ★★★★★

    Watched the 2021 Kino Lorber restoration.

    The restoration done for this film is truly incredible, almost like watching the film all over again, which I was more than happy to do once more.

    I have already said my piece about this film more times than I can muster, but I can never comprehend the scale of the complexity of these characters, and how your opinion of their plights and aspirations changes based on your own perspectives and life experiences, and…

  • The Raid

    The Raid

    ★★★★★

    Still one of the greatest action films ever made.

    Shows that you can do handheld shaky-cam and the combat can still be clear and the spatial geography understandable. This movie is incredibly lean on exposition and character development, reveling in getting to the action as soon as possible, but unlike other action pictures that see it as a crutch, the writing and acting here is actually great when it's on display, the director Evans knowing that the action is just…

  • Unstoppable

    Unstoppable

    ★★★★★

    Tony Scott's swan song. Mind-blowing how well-calibrated this is. Almost seems wrong trying to explain it all, because how can you properly describe perfection? Also was very happy that the Ned storyline had a finish, loved that guy

  • The Debt Collector

    The Debt Collector

    ★★★

    Jesse V. Johnson clearly loves recreating the feeling of late 80s/early 90s action movies, this one an unfortunately weaker rung on the road to his great success with Avengement. Lots of great action and charisma on display from the two leads in the first half and a surprise killer appearance from Tony Todd, but unfortunately drops off when it becomes oddly plot-heavy in the second half to a less-than-satisfying conclusion. Still worth it just for the first hour, nonetheless.

  • Under the Bridges

    Under the Bridges

    ★★★★★

    Helmut Käutner's fascination with and handling of the human condition never ceases to astound me. I have never seen before a story of romance and conflict between two friends realized with such grace and complexity before, and I'm honestly not sure if I ever will again in another film.

    Under the Bridges deals with vulnerability, the need to put yourself out there, to potentially be hurt, to potentially not get what you want, but ultimately realizing that eventually, those who…

  • Avengement

    Avengement

    ★★★★½

    Lean, mean, grimy, and brutal as fuck.

    An ode to the late 80s/early 90s low-budget action VHS tapes you'd find at the video store late at night, right down to the editing, the synth soundtrack, and the gruesome violence, but instead of feeling like a rehashing, feels like a dilution of everything that made them great into one picture. Some of the excesses are still here from those VHS tape days, like the crude humor and the played-for-laughs homoeroticism, but…

  • Bringing Up Baby

    Bringing Up Baby

    ★★★½

    An outrageously funny and action-packed comedy that eventually becomes legitimately stressful to try to follow, but it's so goddamn hilarious it almost makes it all worth it.

  • Comradeship

    Comradeship

    ★★★½

    Comradeship is an impassioned but ultimately futile call for peace and internationalism in Europe, born out of both a beautiful idealism and a learned bitterness from the then-recent Great War, and as a result leading to a bold mix of expressionism and realism in this picture. There is a frightening sense of foreboding and danger throughout, as if every person is real and the threats to their lives in the mines just as such, but also making way for intimate…

  • The Ten Commandments

    The Ten Commandments

    ★★★★★

    Watched the 4K restoration.

    One of the finest pieces of cinematic spectacle ever created. DeMille worked tirelessly as a filmmaker, honing his craft with every picture, until eventually everything came together in his final creation that left behind all of his excesses and brought together everything that made his films so incredible.

    The Ten Commandments threads the needle that few other religious epics have been able to, with its visual effects, production design, acting, sense of scale, and melodrama, all…