• C.I.Ape

    C.I.Ape

    Classically, the C.I.Ape does love to support banana republics.

  • Demonlover

    Demonlover

    ★★★★½

    On paper it's a globe-trotting, cyberpunk espionage thriller. On the screen it's all anonymous hotel rooms, middle management, ones and zeroes, commerce minus art, computer sex without the sex, shell games played by ciphers.

    The closest comparison is New Rose Hotel, but that movie's characters have a verve which rubs up against that feature's near-future setting. Demonlover is a movie doomed to live in the present, which ever present the viewer is unlucky enough to live inside.

    Hellishly blank Sonic Youth score, great miniDV cinematography.

    In short: would recommend, a great time at the movies!

  • Val

    Val

    Very relatable professional nadir.

  • The Go-Go's

    The Go-Go's

    ★★★½

    Very trad music doc, but packed to the brim with effervescently fun interviewees.

  • The Hunted

    The Hunted

    ★★★★

    Relentless, zero-filler Pacific Northwest black ops thriller from the titan of anti-human sentiment: Billy Friedkin. Superb knife violence, and the Tommy Lee Jones/Benicio Del Toro cat and mouse chemistry is inspired. 

    The streaming version I just watched looked pretty bad, I think a handsome 35mm print of this one would award top-tier status to the picture.

  • The Grand Bizarre

    The Grand Bizarre

    ★★★★½

    Quilt-aanisqatsi

  • Not Fade Away

    Not Fade Away

    ★★★★½

    Chillingly melancholy and disarmingly sincere.  I was really caught off guard by how much I loved this movie.  Easy comparison points are That Thing You Do and Eden, but off the top of my head I can’t really think of another coming of age story that feels like this.  It’s a movie that follows some ritualistic adolescent beats, sure, but the mix of behavioral observation and emotional horror is uncommonly strong.

    I think I avoided the movie for a long time because of the ‘60s setting.  I presumed it was something it isn’t.  Maybe that’s holding you back from watching it, too?

  • Werewolves Within

    Werewolves Within

    ★★★½

    “Horror Comedy” is a bit of an overstatement, but the film is a very charming whodunnit. It’s really funny, everyone is really game, and it is super well-paced.

  • Octonauts: The Ring of Fire

    Octonauts: The Ring of Fire

    ★★★

    I think this is the best of the Netflix Octonauts movies. Animation is decent, the action is pretty good - with the caveat that it’s pitched for people who have been alive for as long as a car lease - and it doesn’t skimp on the Gups.

  • Octonauts and the Great Barrier Reef

    Octonauts and the Great Barrier Reef

    ★★★

    “It’s cool how you see more of their bedrooms in the beginning” is an observation my daughter and I share. The songs are oddly great, but it’s distracting when Captain Barnacles’ singing voice comes in.

  • Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

    Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

    ★★½

    I didn’t see the first one, but I followed it OK.

  • Fool for Love

    Fool for Love

    ★★★★

    A Golan-Globus production of a Robert Altman adaptation of a Sam Shepherd play starring Kim Basinger and Harry Dean Stanton that is the sum of its parts, but those parts are simply world class, sick as hell.