• Come to Daddy

    Come to Daddy

    ★★★½

    Has a kind of pulpy "normal guy in an abnormal situation" kind of feel. Probaby would have made a good Jim Thompson book. Wish it had a better title, as I couldn't get the Aphex Twin song out of my head while watching.

  • In The Heights

    In The Heights

    ★★★★

    Quite joyous and fun. It doesn't really break any new ground in terms of musicals, but that doesn't mean it isn't good. The songs didn't stay with me like one would expect a musical to, no real earworms to speak of for me. But the performances and filmmaking are spectacular.

  • Two on a Guillotine

    Two on a Guillotine

    ★★★½

    I recently heard a podcast describe William Castle as a Goth Walt Disney. Castle didn't direct this, but it's certainly borrowing from him. It stars Disney stalwart Dean Jones, even though it's a Warner Bros. pic. So it's easy to imagine this as a sort of William Castle's Haunted Mansion. Castle however would have cut 22 minutes of the fat though. Not bad, but most Castle flicks are better.

  • The House on Sorority Row

    The House on Sorority Row

    ★★★½

    Pretty solid slasher effort. Had I seen this when I was a teenager, it probably would have made a bigger impression on me. Definitely has some Black Christmas vibes, but the last 15 minutes are pretty great.

  • The Stepfather

    The Stepfather

    ★★★½

    Better than expected. Very 1980s, but not in a bad way. Feels more crime thriller than horror, probably because Westlake wrote it. And it's probably better than expected because of Westlake's writing.

  • Good Morning

    Good Morning

    ★★★★

    This is going to sound dismissive, but about a third into the film I felt like I was watching an early 90s Hallmark Hall of Fame movie directed by Wes Anderson. In that it’s well shot, has a fun color palette, and features a fair amount of wholesome family dramedy elements. But you know, with farting and in Japanese. A great Sunday afternoon kind of film.

  • Cam

    Cam

    ★★★★

    The beginning made me feel a little icky, which is on purpose, but it is a pretty smart flick. Would pair well with Black Swan and Perfect Blue, or any tulpa/doppelganger film.

  • Chaos Walking

    Chaos Walking

    ★★½

    My wife reads the books and what I've read of Patrick Ness I have enjoyed. Having not read the books, I found this to be pretty by-the-numbers as far as YA dystopia is concerned. My wife was pretty disappointment.

  • I Was Born, But...

    I Was Born, But...

    ★★★★

    Lovely little film. It's neat to see kids be kids all the way back to 1930s Japan.

  • Possession

    Possession

    ★★★½

    Ever get the feeling a movie is out to just really mess you up? That is Possession's goal. Fascinating and one of a kind, but I couldn’t shake the feeling I was watching a lot of really intense theater class acting pieces.

  • Miracle in Milan

    Miracle in Milan

    ★★★½

    Apparently Neo-Realism Fantasy is a thing. Well made, and I'm sure delightful for some, but a little saccharine for me.

  • Unsane

    Unsane

    ★★★½

    It isn't amazing, but it certainly doesn't suck.