• Beetlejuice


    Handbook for the Recently Deceased Press gets me every time.

  • The Fast and the Furious

    The Fast and the Furious

    If you’d told 16-year-old me that (a) Donald Trump was going to be president one day and (b) I’d still be enthusiastically watching sequels to movies with Fast and/or Furious in the title 20 years later, I can tell you that the latter would have been infinitely more of a surprise.

  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future

    Please excuse the crudity of this model, I didn't have time to build it to scale or paint it.

  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    Lately I've been in the habit of rooting through newspaper archives to see how movies we've been watching at home were covered when they opened in theaters and how they rolled out from New York to a mid-sized city like my adopted hometown of Dayton, Ohio. Today I decided to rejoin Twitter to share what I find. Here's the first thread on Women on the Verge.

  • The Prestige

    The Prestige

    I lied. He said, it was agony.

  • Demolition Man

    Demolition Man

    Watched this for the first time in a long time from my Movies Anywhere library. Just an FYI to anyone, iTunes, Amazon, and Vudu have it in the wrong aspect ratio. FandangoNOW has it in OAR.

  • Nomadland


    Is Chloe Zhao our greatest living filmmaker?

  • First Cow

    First Cow

    The cow is clearly meant to be photographed at 1.85:1.

  • She Dies Tomorrow

    She Dies Tomorrow

    I say Jane Adams now, Jane Adams tomorrow, Jane Adams forever!

  • Black Bear

    Black Bear

    “You’re alienating our guest!”

  • Midsommar


    I hated, hated, hated the theatrical cut of Midsommar, but I'd been curious about Aster's director's cut since it was briefly released in theaters last year and this week I finally got around to seeing it. Midsommar was never boring in any form, but I found the theatrical version borderline contemptible in its treatment of its characters. To my utter surprise and delight, the director's cut is a much better movie. What it shows is the theatrical cut preserved all…

  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    Bailed on my first attempt because I found the first 20 minutes so dire -- utterly lacking in any kind of nuance or dramatic interest. Though I dutifully returned due to the universal acclaim it's received, I was thoroughly prepared to file this one under Perfectly Respectable Message Movie That Isn't for Me. Imagine my surprise as Hittman's script shows marked improvement once Autumn and Skylar set out on their journey -- no longer merely cataloging the obstacles and indignities…