• Madeline's Madeline

    Madeline's Madeline

    Julien Donkey-Boy for theater kids. However, unlike Julien Donkey-Boy, this film never bored me. It does a great job of continually finding new ways to make you squirm, and the editing and cinematography effectively put you in Madeline's head. Is that enough to make it good? I don't know. I never felt a connection to Madeline or any of the other characters, and the dialogue was cringe-worthy. Also, most of the entertainment came from the intense discomfort that filled the room. If I had watched it without an audience, my feelings towards it would probably be far more negative.

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    ★★★★★

    It has been over two weeks since I saw this film, and yet I can't stop thinking about it. It has been a very long time since a film had this kind of an impact on me. Philip Glass's score, the cinematography, and how the screenplay weaves together the past, present, and Mishima's fiction are all awe-inspiring. I feel like I need to give it another watch before putting it in my top 5 favorite films of all time, but it is definitely in my top 10. 10/10

  • The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans

    The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans

    ★★★★

    "His soul is still dancing" is one the greatest scenes in the history of cinema.

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★½

    A masterfully crafted thriller that weaves in political commentary without hitting the audience over the head with the message. Without giving anything away, the film is about the corruption that underlies much of American politics and how the powers that be would rather turn a blind eye and accept lies than confront uncomfortable truths. The juxtaposition of Jack (John Travolta's character) attempting to expose the truth of Governor McRyan's death while the world around him is celebrating the Liberty Bell,…

  • Heart of Glass

    Heart of Glass

    ★★★★

    Pure madness. Whereas Aguirre, the Wrath of God has a solid narrative and follows a man's slow descent into insanity, the characters of Heart of Glass are insane right from the beginning and there isn't any real conflict or plot. It is one of the most bizarrely directed films I've ever seen. Most people would hate this film, but I was thoroughly entertained by its uncompromising absurdity. Also, it's one of Herzog's most gorgeously shot films, and Popol Vuh's score perfectly compliments the stunning imagery. 8/10

  • Pippin

    Pippin

    The Fosse cut.

  • Rollergator

    Rollergator

    Rifftrax.

  • Mohawk

    Mohawk

    It has been at least two years since I saw this film, but I vividly remember being disappointed. What sticks out the most in my memory is that Geoghegan should stick to confined spaces; the sense of geography in Mohawk is really awkward. A character will run into the frame from one part of the woods, attack someone, run out of the frame, and the person who was attacked just stands there as if the assailant was a ghost who…

  • Annie

    Annie

    ★★½

    Disclaimer: I'm not a big fan of musicals. Now that that's out of the way:

    Annie is an immaculately crafted work of old-school Hollywood schmaltz; John Huston does an impressive job directing the musical numbers, and he gets some fun performances out of Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, and Tim Curry. Finney in particular deserves praise; he makes Daddy Warbucks likeable, but consistently retains a coldness that prevents the character from becoming saccharine.

    Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Aileen…

  • The Comedy of Terrors

    The Comedy of Terrors

    ★★★½

    A fun little macabre comedy that's carried by its incredible cast. Vincent Price is particularly delightful. Also, Rhubarb the cat gets billed in the credits. I would give the film a 6.5/10, but since I can't do that on here, I'm rounding it up to a 7/10.

  • Night Tide

    Night Tide

    ★★★

    Night Tide is a quiet psychological horror film that relies more on suggestion than anything else. Harrington was very clearly influenced by Val Lewton's horror films, particularly Cat People. Like Lewton's horror films, Night Tide spends a lot of time building the characters and the atmosphere, with the horror culminating in a small handful of scenes. These scenes are where the film really shines; Harrington uses camera moves and lighting in creative ways that are a thrill to behold.

    However,…

  • The Terror

    The Terror

    ★★

    The Terror is a film that cannot be properly discussed without mentioning its notoriously troubled production. Right after Roger Corman completed The Raven, he had Leo Gordon quickly come up with the basic plot of a Gothic horror film and shot all of Boris Karloff's scenes in two days. The plan was to come up with a proper script later and shoot the rest of the film at a convenient time, but things got messy and Corman ended up having…