The trailer for The Drop fooled me about what kind of movie I was getting into. Initially I believed it was a heist film. It's certainly not that. There's a few brief moments where one would think it was a gangster film. Which on the surface, I suppose, it is. But at its heart it's a movie about one of my favorite topics for film: humanity and the problem of evil.
Free Guy then, isn't maybe my usual cinema-going fare, but after not going to the movies for a couple years, the bar was lowered and I'd have gone to see anything with a reasonable chance of enjoyment. Even another *shudder* MCU film.
I don't think about directors much. If I were a true cinephile, then not only would I be knowledgeable about directors, but probably also cinematographers and even editors. Since I am only at best a dilettante, however, I mostly think about movies in the context of what is directly visible on screen. Joel and Ethan … Continue reading The Peculiar Greatness of the Coens
Will Ferrell is a very funny man. I've not seen the entirety of his oeuvre, but I've watched a few movies and seen number of his comedy sketches from SNL and other places. As humorous as Anchorman is, it's not his best work.Comedies can be great movies, though they're not very often any longer. The Thin … Continue reading Will Ferrell is Strange
Turns out I watched a lot of movies last year. I'm fairly confident that it was more than I usually watch in a year, but since I've never kept track before, I can't say that with confidence. I do know that I read a lot fewer books than once was customary. The effort I made … Continue reading Movies in 2017
I watched the movie Paterson recently, and I'm not quite sure what I think of it. I liked it, but beyond that I'm uncertain. So this will be as much about me working out my own thoughts through writing as anything else.The movie was perfectly fine from a technical perspective. Well-shot, competently acted, the sound was … Continue reading A Week in Paterson
Pixar films, ranked correctly, from best to worst. Full list and some highlights of the reasoning below the jump.The GreatThe IncrediblesToy Story 3Toy Story 2The GoodToy StoryMonsters Inc.A Bug's LifeRatatouilleUpFinding NemoMonsters UniversityInside OutThe BadBraveCarsWall-ECars 2There are 15 theatrically released Pixar films to date. I have purposefully sat myself down and watched 14. Cars 2 I saw … Continue reading The Authoritative Ordering of Pixar Films
I'm a big fan of the Stripped documentary. (About comic strips! Get your mind right.) You ought to buy a copy yourself, it's well worth watching. But if you really like comics, then you can also splurge for the extra features, the best of which are the extended interviews with a lot of the cartoonists. … Continue reading Bonus Stripped
Okay, okay; so that's not the most creative title you've ever seen, or indeed, that I've ever come up with. On the other hand, it is right about the same level as the quips in the latest Bond film. In fact, the entire movie ends up seeming like nothing so much as a parody of … Continue reading Skyfallen
So, there's this movie that Netflix suggested for me. Rubber, which is about... well, let me quote the description.In this inventive twist on low-rent revenge flicks, a car tire named Robert rolls through the desert Southwest, using its strange psychic powers to blow everything up. But when Robert spies a gorgeous woman, he decides to … Continue reading That *was* helpful.