James has written 110 reviews for films during 2018.

  • The Girl Can't Help It

    The Girl Can't Help It

    ★★★½

    Anthology Film Archives, DCP

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★½

    Cinépolis Chelsea, DCP

  • Old Enough

    Old Enough

    ★★★½

    Very sweet, authentic-feeling coming of age/class examination about two young girls from differing backgrounds in NY in the early 80's.

    Was a pleasant surprise to realize in the credits that it was shot by Michael Ballhaus.

    It's oddly refreshing that the film makes no big deal of the fact that the 31 year old woman living upstairs fucked Sarah's 15 year old brother. 😬

    Bummed out now that I missed this on 35mm at The Quad last month.

    Wonder where Rainbow Harvest is now??

  • Punking Out

    Punking Out

    ★★★

    16mm, Niagara

  • The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter

    The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter

    ★★½

    I’m supposed to believe this fuckin 12 year old listens to Dead Moon?

    I like Jody Hill and Observe And Report is still some kind of masterpiece, but this is toothless drivel. Also cheap looking, even by Netflix’s standards.

    Realized tonight that I do all my trash watching on Sundays.

  • Bill Maher: Live From Oklahoma

    Bill Maher: Live From Oklahoma

    ★★

    Next to the mid-show bit, Bill’s monologue is the second worst part of any Real Time episode (otherwise, it’s the best thing on television. Just wish it were all discussion.)

    So anyways, obviously this isn’t gonna be great.

  • Gerry

    Gerry

    ★★★★

    Metrograph, 35mm

  • Golden Exits

    Golden Exits

    ★★½

    A film so stifling and void of levity that I had to break it up into three viewing attempts.

    I'm not an ARP hater, mind you. The gap of maturity from his inherently callow COLOR WHEEL to the thoroughly realized LISTEN UP PHILLIP might be the widest leap of talent I've ever seen in a burgeoning director/writer. And while QUEEN OF EARTH is one of the most oppressive, unpleasant viewing experiences I've ever had and I hope to never see…

  • Drugstore Cowboy

    Drugstore Cowboy

    ★★★

    Hate it when you return to something you liked as a teenager and it just doesn't hold up. Not without it's merits - Robert Yeoman's muted color photography, David Brisbin's vintage-just-shy-of-kitschy production design, Lynch & Graham...

    So much of this though feels like a dated indie breakout of its time, with stylistic directorial choices whose shelf life has long since past. Even Burroughs' presence feels like a dusty countercultural nod that should have gone out with the Buzz Bin.

    Decent soundtrack…

  • Paranoid Park

    Paranoid Park

    ★★★★½

    Metrograph, 35mm

    I watched this 5 or 6 times during it's initial theatrical run - I was OBSESSED. This was my first time coming back to it since then, and I'm ecstatic to find that it holds the same mythical status for me.

    Many films claim to capture the essence of youth, but few succeed. Even dicier are the ones that attempt to encapsulate the tectonically shifting landscape of trends in youth culture. The degree to which PARANOID PARK succeeds…

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    ★★★

    Nitehawk, DCP

  • SuperFly

    SuperFly

    ★½

    Williamsburg Cinema, DCP

    Director X is no Hype Williams
    & Superfly is no Belly