• The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    ★★★★

    I’ve seen this multiple times and genuinely really like it; so much so it would be a five star movie if it wasn’t for:

    -Eddie dropping a very vulgar n-bomb 
    -I get it was the early seventies, but the music is a too much at times and overrides the dialogue, which is basically all this film is 
    -Speaking of dialogue, there are repeated lines that Yates— or whoever —just decided to keep in the movie 

    Other than that it’s really…

  • Girlfriends

    Girlfriends

    ★★★½

    Frances Ha was a very clear upgrade to this and borders on straight theft in a lot of ways. With that being said, other than seeing how influential this movie is, I’m not sure I was blown away like so many others have been.

  • The Tomorrow War

    The Tomorrow War

    ★★

    Looks very good but either the studio or the director made some very questionable story choices. For example, they spend most of the movie trying to make the fictitious alien/future scenario seem believable and —after 45 minutes of that and limited action— have Pratt’s character cracking jokes moments after he witnesses a couple hundred people get got by what looks like a cross between the Quiet Place monster and the season 2 Stranger Things monster. Also, Pratt’s six pack was CGI’d— don’t @ me.

  • Behind the Candelabra

    Behind the Candelabra

    ★★★★

    This may have one of the most hard to pin tones in all of Soderbergh’s filmography, which is realllly saying something, and I’m very much here for it. Damon and Douglas are incredible in that there is such a mix of emotions they have to present while literally always running the risk of the film turning into some sort of unrelatable, comic biopic.

  • Manhunter

    Manhunter

    ★★★★

    Having seen Red Dragon before this, it’s very interesting to see the differences in stylistic choices. With that being said, I like the art direction of Manhunter quite a bit more and Farina and Noonen were very effective castings.

  • Slumdog Millionaire

    Slumdog Millionaire

    ★★★★

    Boyle brings a ton of fire power and it works in pretty much every way.

  • A Prayer Before Dawn

    A Prayer Before Dawn

    ★★★½

    Yaba daba do(n’t) or you’ll end up in a Thai prison.

  • The Mosquito Coast

    The Mosquito Coast

    ★★★½

    Very worth a viewing. One of the few protagonists who is unlikeable yet he’s still able to effectively push the plot. My favorite line: “I think of you when I go to the bathroom.”

  • Son of a Gun

    Son of a Gun

    ★★★½

    Ewan’s back fringe is worth the price of admission— so is the movie too.

  • Out of the Furnace

    Out of the Furnace

    ★★★½

    The EXACT reason I gave up bareknuckle boxing.

  • Waiting for Guffman

    Waiting for Guffman

    ★★★★

    Libby Mae Brown: “What New York really is, is it's an island, with lots of people, lots of different people... I hope to maybe meet some guys, some Italian guys, and maybe watch some TV.”

  • Ida

    Ida

    ★★★★

    Less ridiculous than Cold War but still ridiculous— in a good way that is.