• 24 Hour Party People

    24 Hour Party People

    ★★★★

    There was people, and they did party, and there’s a good chance they did it… for 24 hours.

    Steve Coogan is electric as the biggest cunt in Manchester.

  • Plan 9 from Outer Space
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

    Perfect ending. Perfect entertainment. Perfect movie.

    A franchise film that extends beyond the need for ratings. Few moments are this satisfying. 

    This is the ultimate mainstream franchise. Nothing will ever top it. (mostly due to every subsequent Marvel film existing as a soulless culturally-irrelevant cash grab preying off the feeble minds and hearts of a societal moment where all are worn down from the constant fight and unable to see the folly of obedience we certainly live in the deepest…

  • Distant Voices, Still Lives

    Distant Voices, Still Lives

    The nostalgia this conjures up is immaculate, Tarkovskian in its breadth but so deeply interior and humane. I wish I could find more words to describe what I’m feeling in this moment. They’ll come eventually.

    A masterpiece in the truest sense.

  • The Hired Hand

    The Hired Hand

    ★★★★

    Gotta say, Tim was right yet again. Certified Charlie favorite type film right here. Something about lightly experimental seventies genre films.

    Shoutout to Warren Oates. Dude really gets a chance to shine here. That porch scene is brilliant cinema, and that hand on the ankle two-shot makes me think it was a direct inspiration for Sideways. That’s my conspiracy theory of the week.

    This is one of only a handful of Westerns I’ve seen that truly captures that special kind…

  • Network

    Network

    ★★★★★

    Am I getting through to you, Mr. Beale?”
    Two hours and one minute of pure cinema. A perfectly reasonable top ten entry, if only someone had the BALLS to add it to the list. Oooo, uh huh, yeah baby, that would be crazy sexy. So sexy, yeah, honey.

  • Marty

    Marty

    Paddy Chayefsky knows how to make me clap when I watch movies. That’s an absolutely hideous talent and I resent him for it.

    Nobody is as lovable as Ernest Borgnine. Simple fact.

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

    Harry Potter’s style choices get uncomfortably high on the wrong end of the Larry David spectrum in this one. Sport coats over sweaters with jeans or casual khakis for days.

    All in all, this is definitely the weirdest film in the series. It completely breaks the formula and brings an unseen level of darkness and intensity to the world that’s so far been all about the adventure. It’s the first and only time we see these characters truly fractured and…

  • Stand by Me

    Stand by Me

    ★★★★★

    You gonna shoot all of us?”
    Nope. Just you, Ace.”

    Remains some of the most efficient writing and directing I’ve ever seen. How is this movie under 90 minutes? A lifetime of wisdom is crammed into this film and it doesn’t feel the least bit bloated. Beat for beat one of the strongest films of the eighties. That final confrontation at the body is a coming-of-age mountaintop.

    They most certainly do not make them like this anymore. Stephen King’s hard-on…

  • The Matrix Revolutions

    The Matrix Revolutions

    This one gets a way worse wrap than it deserves. Say what you will about their ability to properly structure an overall plot, but it is an unquestionable fact that the Wachowski’s are action beat geniuses. The entire siege of Zion is filled with one brilliant arc after another, it’s nonstop for a good thirty minutes and that’s borderline pure action cinema.

    The big failure comes again in the structure of the whole. Why is the movie split in half…

  • We Need to Do Something

    We Need to Do Something

    Can’t believe Chris and Spencer spent $19 on this.

    I’m a total slut for a good Lovecraftian gale, that insane kind of storm that blows through and brings with it a grand ethereal evil. The unseen is terrifying, especially when it’s embodied by a profound cosmic apocalypse of unknown breadth. So, needless to say, this movie fucking sucks.

    Pat Healy is a god for no other reason than he didn’t blow total chunks acting off such a bland script. And…

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    ★★★★½

    Once again, I am in love.

    SO many arcs completed or progressed to their climax in this one. This is the first film that really captures the beauty of the setting for me, there’s these wides when they’re out away from the school that the others don’t have that really shows just how much more tempered the hand behind the camera was on this. Delbonnel’s cinematography is primo, definitely better than Avatar. (That one’ll never make sense to me.)

    The complexity of Snape’s character really shines in this, and it’s his arc that really matters the most outside Harry’s come these next two films.