• Major League II

    Major League II

    ★★★★★

    Obviously this isn't a 10/10 by any objectively agreeable metric but some movies you see at the perfect time or age, keeping them a personal favorite forever.

    I still would not have been allowed to see the R rated original, but was just the right age when this raunchy and innuendo filled PG rated sequel came out five years later in 1994. The sequel was surprisingly easy to jump into, even having not seen its predecessor, and in many ways…

  • Swing Time

    Swing Time

    ★★★

    The dancing and dialogue were great, the blackface not so much.

    I have heard Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers used in countless similes and metaphors and can now appreciate why, as their charisma and chemistry make them an incredibly entertaining watch.

    The choice by Astaire to don black face paint late in this film, even if during a musical number paying homage to Bill Robinson, was unfortunate and will usually take me out of a film, especially being totally unexpected…

  • Wolf

    Wolf

    ★★★½

    This allegorical satire that felt like an A24 produced Black Mirror ep, directed by Yorgos (which it was none of), was a far less humorous and much more difficult watch emotionally than I had anticipated.

    The cinematography was impressive and created the perfect tone and atmosphere for the insular world being showcased. I always appreciate shows and films set in our world but peppered with elements not expressly stated, that add another layer or tweak, on top of the world…

  • Hoop Schemes

    Hoop Schemes

    ★★★

    Interesting story but adds nothing new to the overall discussion.

    I was too young to have been betting on these particular ASU games but it has been surreal in the past when a story like this comes out and you find out, years later, that you had a wager on a fixed game.

  • House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    ★★★

    The well acted, colorful characters and the exquisite set and costume design were the main draws here as the narrative never provided enough meat to justify the bloated run time.

    The plot works best as a vehicle used to explore the distinct personalities involved in the family business and was most interesting to me when showcasing these various interactions between family members.

    I had a similar reaction to Scott's The Last Duel and find movies like this tough to rate.…

  • The Beatles: Get Back

    The Beatles: Get Back

    ★★★★★

    Beatles fan or not, what an amazingly rare opportunity it is to be given a fly on the wall view into the creative process of the most successful band in the history of humankind. The unguarded personalities and candid interactions are what make this so much more than just another music doc and really give a fuller and more distinct individual identity to each member.

    When I read Peter Jackson was taking on this project I was excited, and figured…

  • Nine Days

    Nine Days

    ★★★★★

    Nothing like some light existentialism before breakfast.

    The fact that each of us is even here is mind cripplingly remarkable when considering the odds in the evolutionary lottery which, when taken into consideration, should make the pain involved with living feel like less of a burden.

    I don't think I have seen a film more up my alley so far this year. The dazzlingly creative concept, well honed performances and beautifully moving score were all perfectly suited and really created…

  • The Humans

    The Humans

    ★★★½

    This A24 offering was really interesting and aided heavily by an impressive cast and extremely creative sound design (which would go unrivaled this year had it not been for Sound of Metal).

    I'm definitely interested to see the play now as I am not sure how some of these effects would have worked on a stage but I can assume the screenplay remained faithful as Karam directed and wrote his own adaptation.

    This hit me hardest and most personally when…

  • Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson

    Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson

    ★★★

    I still remember exactly where I was, who I was with, and the ending of that game but must not have been looking at that exact second so only remember the reaction on another friend's face.

    This doc is most interesting when looking at society's response then vs the way many look back on this event now, hopefully through a more enlightened lens. Unfortunately there wasn't much new information revealed here, but I did appreciate all the first person sources used in the interviews.

  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

    A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

    ★★★½

    A holiday staple and a relaxing way to wind down while reflecting on what you are thankful for.

  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    ★★★½

    I'm a big fan of John Candy and yet somehow had never seen this until now. I almost watched this about six months ago but figured I'd wait til Thanksgiving.

    Needless to say the expectations were of course quite high and unfortunately this lacked the nostalgia factor. I still found this a perfectly enjoyable odd couple, buddy comedy until the last 5 minutes or so, when Hughes made the film so much more meaningful. 7.5/10

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Unthinkable

    Unthinkable

    ★★½

    I wanted a quick and less mentally taxing type of flick this morning and since Samuel L. and Arnold were currently tied for second on my most watched list, I figured it was time to break that tie.

    This plot falls into that category of post 9/11 films that attempt to examine and, in some cases justify, the awful actions employed by United States military in the name of fighting terrorism. In the early 2000s these films always attempted to…