• Deep Cover

    Deep Cover

    ★★★★

    Happened to watch this on MLK Day, and with its still-relevant meditations on race and capitalism made explicit in the text of the film, its clearly a salient and sobering analysis that still touches a nerve today. Fishburne plays it pretty cool until all his pent up rage and pain finally gets unleashed in the end, a beautiful, slow-burn performance. And Charles Martin Smith is excellent as the human embodiment of a manipulative weasel. Also, in the closing credits Snoop…

  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    ★★★½

    Compared to the original, this one might suffer a bit from being too long, and the relationship established between Stan and Zeena is not as fleshed out or as painful as in the other one. But for set design, costumes, and general brutality, this one is still a sight to behold. The world in this one is much more frightening, and the people are much more violent, making their fates seem more inevitable. Darker and more ambiguous ending than the…

  • Scream 4

    Scream 4

    ★★★

    I can see why this might be the most hated one, but I'm still partial to it over 3, which i find too predictable (I guessed the killer in 3 right away, i was completely thrown off here). But none of the characters in this one are as good as Parker Posey in 3, the best character in the series, so it ends up being a wash instead. I would've liked to have a seen a whole movie with Kristen…

  • Morvern Callar

    Morvern Callar

    ★★★★½

    I’ve never seen Euphoria only ads and rumblings of what it’s supposed to be like, so I’m going to go completely out of my depth here and say I believe that this is the type of thing that Euphoria wishes it could be, in terms of psychedelic ennui and a completely passive, near catatonic response to grief. The sensory overload doesn’t quite drown out the thoughts in your head and the quiet hours are never really quiet. 

    Robert Durst wishes he was Morvern Callar.

  • Niagara

    Niagara

    ★★★½

    The oversized, cartoonish personality that Max Showalter uses to great, satirical effect in LORD LOVE A DUCK is implemented here in the most bizarre way in that it seems to be achingly sincere, leaving the viewer to wonder if he is really just like that. The extreme naïveté radiating from his hapless character, combined with the truly unbelievable upbeat energy radiating from Don Wilson, form a cartoon barrier that sort of keeps the movie from tipping over into greatness. With…

  • Ratcatcher

    Ratcatcher

    ★★★★

    The story of James is difficult to watch but also Danny’s arc is just as tragic, watching the cruelty of children move him from his tender care for animals into a more depraved and ultimately pointless bloodlust. You could make a sequel to this about Snowball’s adventures on the moon.

  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    ★★★★½

    Tyrone Power deteriorates exquisitely in the company of three bombshells, with the last one being the only one who really reads the guy. It's a shame neither Coleen Gray or Helen Walker are more iconic or well-known in the present day, as they're both remarkable in this movie, but in completely different modes and directions. The Hollywood ending here probably mitigates some of the power of the tragedy of the novel, but it mitigates very little, and i'd hardly call it a "happy" ending.

  • Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight

    Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight

    ★★★★

    “…Deputy Dipshit…”

    I love a beautiful and faithful retelling of the Easter story. Billy Zane gets a lifetime pass for this movie alone, and I love the faithful TFTC calling card of getting ringer character actors to really shine and strut their stuff.

    We need a new Zaneaissance to pull our nation out of its deep moral malaise.

  • Verdict: Not Guilty

    Verdict: Not Guilty

    ★★★½

    Love the Death Nun at the beginning of this, such an evocative and disturbing image. It's wild how the devil physically drags you out of church and playing cards can send you straight to hell unless you have a good lawyer.

  • Home Sweet Home Alone

    Home Sweet Home Alone

    Pointless drivel featuring the secondary kid from JOJO RABBIT, which should have been an enormous red flag. Stunning that they got Chris Parnell and Andy Daly for a combined 45 seconds of screentime between them wherein Parnell delivers a kind-of joke and Daly doesn't really say anything other than something like "Dinner's ready, kids!" Other ringers like Pete Holmes, Jim Rash, and Kenan Thompson are all given ample opportunity to do their schtick, but it's wild they got Daly and…

  • The Underground World

    The Underground World

    ★★★½

    They should've put this one out after Secret Agent and ended it with this one. In perhaps the most unbelievable plot line in the entire series, Lois gets kidnapped by "Bird People" who live underground and hold humanlike rituals but don't ever speak or even squawk. The scene of Perry burning Lois' story is genuinely shocking, and would have been a perfect capper on the series.

  • Secret Agent

    Secret Agent

    ★★★

    The first one without Lois, and it's also the last one of the series, and they replaced Lois with a completely different woman: absolutely bonkers way to end the series. Not too groundbreaking in the execution here as its lots of the same kind of Nazi/Saboteur/WWII we've seen before, only the hunted spy is a good guy this time. I'm curious as to why they fully stopped making these at this point, considering it was the height of the war and these served as readymade propaganda films.