• The Fate of Lee Khan

    The Fate of Lee Khan

    ★★★★½

    Support the Girls

  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    ★★½

    Steven Spielberg taking a page out of the Birth of a Nation handbook on how to depict non-white bodies interspersed with moments of technically brilliant action filmmaking.

  • A Night at the Opera

    A Night at the Opera

    ★★★★½

    Harpo brings Jackie Chan in Police Story energy to the climatic opera set-piece. It's extraordinary.

  • You Only Live Twice

    You Only Live Twice

    ★★★★

    Even with a lot of uncomfortable appropriating and/or othering of Japanese and Chinese cultures, this is still remarkably one of the most entertaining James Bond movies. It doesn't have the tight fat-free genre precision of From Russia With Love, and Lewis Gilbert is no Terence Young, but I likely prefer it over the other Connery outings. Goldfinger and Thunderball gradually seep over into the ridiculous, but it's this movie where the transformation from something-resembling-reality spy vehicle (which you can only…

  • Duck Soup

    Duck Soup

    ★★★★½

    I can't give this 5 stars because there's no Harpo harp solo. Why would they deprive us one of the greatest joys of cinema? The perfect Marx Brothers movie doesn't exist.

  • Monkey Business

    Monkey Business

    ★★★★½

    Monkey Business' first 50 minutes, set entirely on the ocean liner, is for me the funniest prolonged stretch of any Marx Brothers movie. They had no idea how to end this one, the fancy party is especially a dud, but the ship misadventures comprise some of my favourite film comedy ever.

  • Raya and the Last Dragon

    Raya and the Last Dragon

    ★★½

    The technology is superb, but where's the artistry? Hundred million dollar images that communicate nothing, that's the new Disney way!

  • Hair-Raising Hare

    Hair-Raising Hare

    The Gossamer used to frighten me as a very young child. Must've been the sneakers.

  • Baseball Bugs

    Baseball Bugs

    A nonstop joke machine. One of Freleng's most iconic cartoons.

  • Summer Stock

    Summer Stock

    Made as Judy Garland's star was fading and her contract with MGM about to come to an end, Summer Stock is her final film as a full-time contracted actor. The 28-year old was not treated kindly in this picture (just look at Pauline Kael's demeaning review where she body-shames her), but her passionate transformative song and dance performances transcend some cringe corny material. The movie's story is terrible, and everything not involving the two leads is a chore (Eddie Bracken…

  • The Old Grey Hare

    The Old Grey Hare

    ★★★★★

    Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd are metaphysically linked soul spirits, linked from birth to death, and beyond. Mutually sobbing over a shoveled grave, not only because of acceptance of the morality of the self or the other, but to say good-bye after a lifetime with the one you love. One of the funniest films ever created. Would make a great pairing - and comical palette cleanser - with Adventure Time's "Finn & Jake are Together Again" roller coaster of emotions.

  • Hare Ribbin'

    Hare Ribbin'

    Generally considered a lesser Bugs Bunny cartoon, and nonsensically bizarre even by Clampett standards, but I've always had a fondness for it, and with its new HD restoration on the Bugs 80th Anniversary Blu-ray, I appreciate it more than ever before. The underwater animation had a mugginess on the DVD that looked like it was being shown through dirty goggles, but is now crystal clear. And the Bugs sandwich bit? Hysterically macabre.