• You'll Find Out

    You'll Find Out

    ★★½

    Fairly by-the-numbers Old Dark House/Murder the Heir flick, but with Kay Kyser- who I guess is what you would get if Benny Goodman was also a vaudevillian game show host. This had been on my radar because Lorre, Karloff, and Lugosi are in it together. Enjoyable, if dated and silly.

  • Children of Paradise

    Children of Paradise

    ★★★

    I appreciate the importance of this film, and the endeavor to make it. It is well made and all, but I'm not gonna lie, it was quite the slog for me.

  • Safety Last!

    Safety Last!

    ★★★★

    May very well be the apex of visual comedy. Dated for sure, still. After it ended, I couldn't help but wonder if this would have been even better if it were a 22 minute short. At 73 minutes though, it's still pretty quick.

  • The Big Year

    The Big Year

    ★★★

    Enjoyable. Not particularly deep or original. I have a kind of passing interest in birds, so this was more appealing to me than others it seemed.
    A short bread cookie of a movie. Not a bad thing at all.

  • 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.