• Doctor Who: The Runaway Bride

    Doctor Who: The Runaway Bride

    ★★★

    This one's bittersweet because of Rose's absence, but Donna's take no shit attitude works so well in a show filled with this much snark. The makeup for the Empress of the Racnoss is especially impressive and looks drastically better than a lot of the CGI in contemporary tv or movies today. Huh, who knew practical effects worked so well! Sure would like more of those!

  • His Majesty O'Keefe

    His Majesty O'Keefe

    ★★½

    Before putting this on I thought it was about Lancaster turning into a crazed island king, but, sadly, that wasn't the case. His Majesty O'Keefe stands out due to its photography on-site in Fiji. It's gorgeous to look at it, but that can't save it from a generic plot that doesn't go anywhere you can't immediately map out in the first 10 minutes. Burt Lancaster does his thing, and his magnetism is enough to keep it somewhat engaging.

    Still... imagine…

  • Harriet Craig

    Harriet Craig

    ★★★

    Harriet Craig would make a great pairing with the delightful Jane Fonda sex comedy Any Wednesday.

    Joan Crawford's run from Mildred Pierce on is so impressive. She fully flipped her image to pursue challenging middle-aged roles, which was completely unheard of for women in Hollywood. It's telling that she became the face attached to the psycho biddy subgenre in horror with Sunset Boulevard planting the roots and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? launching the subgenre.

  • Batman Returns

    Batman Returns

    ★★★★★

    Burton Batman madness. So much fun. This definitely not what I remembered this being from watching it as a kid, but I'm not complaining. I love that Burton shows Batman, Penguin, and Catwoman as exactly what they are. They aren't romanticized superheroes/villains. They're insecure, confused, and lost in a corporate world dominated by greed and penguins with missiles strapped to their backs.

  • Scrooged

    Scrooged

    ★★★★

    There's so much to love about this Christmas classic, but Karen Allen is so special.

  • Batman

    Batman

    ★★★★★

    I completely forgot about how large of an influence Art Deco and Expressionism played on the production design for Burton's Batman. It's been way way too long since I came back to this. I was obsessed with it growing up, and I've been consciously wanting to rewatch it for the better part of this year. I figured what better time than Christmas so I can squeeze Returns in, too. I'm pretty sure I'm going to fall head over heels for…

  • House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    ★★

    There’s a great 100 minute movie in here about Gucci, and there’s an even better 180 minute epic in here about Jared Leto’s Paolo Gucci.

  • Reveille with Beverly

    Reveille with Beverly

    ★★★★

    All we needed to win WWII were Ann Miller’s legs, and that’s why she’s my Captain America

  • Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion

    Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion

    ★★★½

    First time rewatching New Who since somewhere during the Matt Smith era, but I'll always remember this specific special since it introduced the Doctor who became my favorite out of all his regenerations. Regardless, it's not really the best introduction to David Tennant as the Doctor, but it's plenty quotable and has great character moments. Jackie Tyler MVP.

    I'm going to try and watch a bunch of the Christmas specials this holiday season, and, hopefully, they live up to my…

  • Detective Story

    Detective Story

    ★★★½

    You have to bend with the wind or break.

    Kirk Douglas stars with an erratic intensity as a detective drowning himself because he can't bring himself to compromise on anything. Normally, adaptations of plays begin to draw out for me and I lose interest, but I was caught up the entire time. It didn't even occur to me this was an adaptation. Thinking about it, I'm positive I enjoyed this so much because I grew up watching Barney Miller reruns with my dad.

  • Arthur Christmas

    Arthur Christmas

    ★★★★

    In Santa we believe

    Pure Christmas cheer

  • A Castle for Christmas

    A Castle for Christmas

    ★½

    The exact level of delightful/horrible Christmas cringe you expect from Netflix. Genuinely impressive how little chemistry Brooke Shields and Cary Elwes have.