Mike Peth

Mike Peth

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My "favorite films" are the last four I've given 4.5 or 5 stars to.

Favorite films

  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle
  • Jaws
  • The Matrix
  • Game Night

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  • The Laundromat

    ★½

  • Automaton

  • The Son

    ★★★★

  • Game Night

    ★★★★½

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  • The Heartbreak Kid

    The Heartbreak Kid

    ★★★★★

    Grodin's schmucky loser sets the stage for Woody Allen, Albert Brooks, Larry David, it's an incredibly underrated and influential performance. So much to unpack about Grodin's Jewish identify assimilating into the outer WASP-world with so many symbols both visual and spoken. And not only is the film fascinating from a cultural viewpoint, it's also hilarious. Yet again another inferior remake I caught part of on HBO a long time ago almost soured me on watching the original.

    Criterion needs to get to work on the Elaine May boxset, the DVD I watched was full screen and pretty barebones. We demand a remaster!

  • Sleuth

    Sleuth

    ★★★★★

    A really twisty "detective" story. I was thoroughly surprised by a few of the twists. But even more than an impressive plot involving only 2 characters, it is an even more impressive bit of acting by both of them (I mean both are legends, I wouldn't expect anything less). Certainly a big influence on Knives Out and so many other gentleman detectives in its wake.

    But it's also an examination of the old English landed gentry and their feelings about…

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  • The Laundromat

    The Laundromat

    ★½

    What a waste of a great cast and an interesting story. It’s basically diet version The Big Short with none of the wit or even educational ability of it.  The 4th wall breaking was incredibly cringe inducing and by the end both preachy and highly hypocritical. (Be the change you want to see Soderbergh!). Somehow was only 96 minutes long but felt like 3 hours. We could have completely cut the father/daughter and Chinese vignettes and the movie would have been…

  • Automaton

    Automaton

    If they wanted to Pixar could create the most beautiful computer generated nature documentary possible. Reminds me of 2001, Tree of Life and episode 8 from Twin Peaks. Beautifully minimalist score too!

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  • Together Together

    Together Together

    ★★★★

    Very funny and very touching story about two lonely people who find connection. As a father myself it was really cool to see a guy who wasn't a complete moron become a dad. We aren't all clueless morons! Just most of us, and all of us most of the time!

    Both of the character's lives seemed so empty. Besides the hilarious best friend from the coffee shop neither seems to have any friends. And besides raising this baby neither really…

  • Another Round

    Another Round

    ★★★★★

    As Homer Simpson said “To Alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems!”  There’s no truer embodiment of that than this movie.   Really grounded throughout. I really liked how it wasn’t just a morality tale. Not every transgression is met with justice. And I really liked how it avoided a lot of Hollywood style melodrama. The ending is so joyous and is a perfect send off.