James has written 12 reviews for films rated ★★½ during 2018.

  • Jobs? Never!!

    Jobs? Never!!

    ★★½

    I dunno, like if Brown Bunny were a skate flick, sans dicksuck?

  • Action Point

    Action Point

    ★★½

    I liked this more than the new Nuri Bilge Ceylan film.

  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ★★½

    Film Society Lincoln Center, DCP

    Matt Dillon in attendance

  • Hal

    Hal

    ★★½

    Telluride Film Festival 2018, digital

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • Trouble in Mind

    Trouble in Mind

    ★★½

    Quad Cinema, 35mm
    Introduction by Alan Rudolph and Keith Carradine

    Divine is the only person that doesn't feel out of place in this movie.

    When it comes to the ladies, Kristofferson's Hawk has a little trouble taking no for an answer, but it's the 80's so of course they come around after a little sexual assault. Kinda gross how the first woman Hawk essentially rapes subsequently seems really intent on then hooking him up with the young married girl she just hired at her diner. Hm.

  • Torment

    Torment

    ★★½

    Watched this in hopes of gaining insight into what Clouzot’s film might have been, but while the trappings are the same, it seems that Charbrol made a very different film than the one Clouzot attempted.

    From what one can infer from the scraps of Clouzot’s footage that remain, Romy Schneider’s Odette possesses significant agency and her infidelity or lack thereof remains unconfirmed. Here, Emmanuelle Béart’s Nelly is most certainly not cheating and is merely a target of endless psychological and…

  • Animal House

    Animal House

    ★★½

    No big deal, just 36 years old and watching this for the first time.

    I had no idea that Donald Sutherland is in this movie.

  • The Disaster Artist

    The Disaster Artist

    ★★½

    Williamsburg Cinema, DCP

    Wish I could think of something profound to say about our desire for celebrity, or Franco's appropriation of the Wiseau phenomenon...but I just don't care enough to expend the energy.

    Didn't hate this as much as I assumed I would, but that's not really praise either.

    Franco still can't direct traffic in a school zone, let alone a movie.

    It is what it is.

  • Haytabo

    Haytabo

    ★★½

    Despite several elements I love - minimalist sci-fi trappings, a wonked out 70s mellow gold soundtrack, time travel, references to Cleve Backster's primary perception experiments, and the presences of Eddie Constantine and Fassbinder - this one was hard to step to. Its an odd gem that's admirable for attempting to convey big ideas with meager means, but the wheels never quite start turning here.
    Only for Ulli Lommel completists or New German Cinema aficionados looking for a deep cut.

  • Father Figures

    Father Figures

    ★★½

    Regal Green Hills 16, DCP