• In The Heights

    In The Heights

    ★★

    This isn’t really a bad musical, just super cheesy and the cheese just makes some of this so awkward. The emotional moments don’t land for me because these characters are only defined by their biggest hope and their biggest obstacle, but this is the kind of movie where you know the best outcome is gonna happen, even though it really shouldn’t. The music is catchy, I caught myself tapping along, and it is pretty, but it’s just missing something for…

  • Pink Flamingos

    Pink Flamingos

    John Waters is not the director for me. Everything about this movie is atrocious, and even the stuff that was supposed to disgust me didn’t, like this movie has been hyped as one of the grossest of all time and even *that* gross scene had no affect on me.

  • Dirty

    Dirty

    ★★★

    Matthew Puccini seems to be king at making these really decent gay movies, with Dirty being just like his previous short Lavender, where the idea is interesting, but the execution leaves a lot more to be explored

  • May

    May

    ★★

    May is certainly a fascinating character study, but beyond that, the movie suffers with a bit of an identity crisis. Angela Bettis is great, but everything else around her isn’t.

  • Sleepwalkers

    Sleepwalkers

    The makeup looked decent in this, which lets this m kid be a 1 star instead of a 0.5. The acting is pretty terrible in this (which seems to be a Mick Garris staple with The Stand as proof of this poor acting). The story is silly and the writing so atrocious you wouldn’t guess it was written by Stephen King. I’m sure this movie has its fans, but I am not one of them.

  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★½

    I had no idea what this movie was about until moments before I started watching it. I had some vague idea it was a Best Picture winner so I knew it had to be at least a decent watch, and while it’s a little better than decent, I wasn’t terribly blown away by this all either. The bite of comedy and drama blend well together, but I wish there was more comedy in this (which is odd for me since…

  • Elite Squad

    Elite Squad

    ★★½

    This movie really wants to be like City of God, which didn’t work for this kind of movie. It’s a movie filled with bad cops, gangsters, and innocent people. It’s a captivating look at times when it really focuses, but the movie bounces all over the place with an over abundance of characters who really don’t feel too fleshed out other than Nascimento. The narration didn’t help either, with narration seemingly every 5 minutes that was more distracting than helpful,…

  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

    The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

    ★★★★½

    Homophobia is hard to miss when you live the life you want to live, and this movie knows it. But this movie also shows how to be yourself even with the knowledge that homophobia can come from just about anyone. This movie was fantastically gay and I enjoyed so much of it. The drag looked great, and the characters were a ton of fun, but dead-naming from a gay character really shows that even 25 years later, we haven’t learned and…

  • Harlan County U.S.A.

    Harlan County U.S.A.

    ★★★★

    I really don’t know how to review this, but it’s a really riveting look at a strike, and the tensions that can boil over. Great music too.

  • U-571

    U-571

    ★★★

    This movie is all sorts of ridiculous, starting with the fact that all of these sailors are 100% dead with all the machine gun firing in a submarine. Also, Das Boot taught me that German subs are cramped as can be, unless this was a different one. Like this movie is enjoyable, but it is just a bit too silly.

  • Idle Hands

    Idle Hands

    ★½

    I can’t say stoner comedies are my thing, or too many things that leans heavily on the comedy side, which is why this movie doesn’t really work for me. I liked the blood and guts (as usual), but the characters were flat things and the story too ridiculous for me to take with any seriousness for an A-plot. Yeah we all know it’s goofy, but the movie takes too long to get going, which in hindsight meant I really only liked the first act.

  • Batman Returns

    Batman Returns

    ★★★

    I’m always gonna find it strange that I watched the 1989 Batman and Return’s two sequels before I ever saw this one. Kid me probably just didn’t get it. But also, I’ve never been a big fan of Tim Burton, with his movies being too strange for me to enjoy. But this movie had plenty of blood and creepiness to earn that R rating... I mean PG-13 rating somehow. The movie’s first act also barely features Bruce Wayne/Batman, which is…