Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Jurassic World

Almost like watching the cat play with her toys, but with more blood and mayhem.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015


Second time in a year that the movie was better than the book. (The other was Gone Girl.)

Jessica Jones: Season 1

You GUYS. Run, don't walk, to watch this show. (Beware, a little brutal.)

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Doctor Who (new): Season 9

I'm still just not yet a Capaldi fan, but I'm glad what's-her-name is now officially gone.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Walking Dead: Season 5

As usual, the series describes what it really means to be human. Not as usual, they did a better job of depicting that this season.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Homeland: Season 4

If you haven't finished watching this season yet, read "The Looming Tower" and then finish.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015


I've never been a girly-girl, but I'd be pleased as punch to wear that dress for an evening.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Manhattan: Season 1

Way too much intrigue and way too little science. (Probably the right amount of sex, but that was boring, too.)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Monday, September 7, 2015


I'd like to say I'm mostly befuddled by the vodka drinking, but in fact I'm much more befuddled by the Russian Minister of Culture.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2802154/ (Original title: Leviafan)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Run All Night

The made-man-getting-sad-and-rheumy movie is about as trying as the hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold movie.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Danny Collins

Wait, comedy? Drama? Tragedy? Who cares, I'll watch Al Pacino any day in anything.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Veep: Season 3

As with most TV comedies, episodes that are downright hysterical, and episodes that are downright painful.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Friday, August 7, 2015

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

This is what genuine and humorous filmmaking can do for a slightly outré topic. (And it shouldn't be.)

How I Live Now

Why are people not more creeped out by the lovers-with-your-first-cousin part?

The Newsroom: Season 3

Of course, he couldn't pass up an opportunity for Jeff Daniels and Friends.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Grand Seduction

I wonder how Gleeson felt about Kitsch joining this particular little film-enterprise?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Get on Up

When you've started at the top with Robinson and Brown, where do you go from there?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday, July 19, 2015


While excellently acted, I am distressed there were no American actors for the top 3 parts.

Friday, July 17, 2015


Complicated in keeping the factions straight, but straightforward and effective in its tone.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


Critics loved this, but it's simply an overblown love letter to Paris from the people who live there.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Five Broken Cameras

The buried 4 seconds of film that says it all: a toddler unwittingly handing a disbelieving soldier an actual olive branch.

Magic Mike

The world now has too many McConaughey films in which he acts like some version of himself.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

Inherent Vice

So now they're giving Oscar nominations to screenplays that obscure rather than clarify?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

At least in this installment (and the next) you forget about the Hunger Games themselves. (Now, it's just revolution.)

Big Eyes

I don't know - I think leaving two husbands points to quite a bit of ballsy-ness.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Into the Woods

It is clear that you'd only hire Meryl Streep to deliver the line "Who cares! Cow's gone! Get it back!"

Project Almanac

That's right, the lesson is that romance (and loud music) is more important than scientific discovery.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Modern Family: Season 6

"Connection Lost" is one of their best episodes ever, proving they have not jumped the shark.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tim's Vermeer

I'm certainly convinced. Do people really think it makes Vermeer any less of an artist?

Monday, May 25, 2015

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ex Machina

And if the genders had been reversed? That would have a vastly different message.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 2

This time it was a freakin' ship instead of a plane. But at least MacLachlan was fun to watch.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Call the Midwife: Season 4

Well, finally, they add some scenes about prostitution (rampant in the East End in the 50s).

Monday, May 18, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron

My movie-going experience: I enjoyed it, but I guess the guy who snored through the final battle sequence sure didn't.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

Like Stars on Earth

Everything in Bollywood is exactly twice as long as it should be: the scenes are, the songs are, the movies are.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0986264/ (Original title: Taare Zameen Par)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Hannah Arendt

Having the ability to deftly step outside your own experience is likely the truest mark of intellect.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Immigrant

Learning Polish should be commended. Too bad it was overshadowed by the banality of the filmmaking.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015


French films usually irritate me. Not French Canadian films, apparently.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

The moral being that life is to be lived? Or at least not squandered?
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2576852/ (Original title: Kaguyahime no Monogatari)

Thursday, April 30, 2015


The best of the sports clichés: a method of wrapping you up in the action without you noticing.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Way Way Back

I prefer Carell in his dramatic roles and Rockwell in his comedic roles, so this suited me fine.

Friday, April 24, 2015


Label me blasé, but the images here did not move me to feel the fear these men felt.

Thursday, April 23, 2015


In this particular circumstance, I wonder if knowing zilch about the story would have been way, way better.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


I didn't want to bang on things around the house, but it did make me appreciate jazz a lot more.

Monday, April 20, 2015


Resonant, powerful, unforgiving description of the Catholic Church in this day and age.

The Wolf of Wall Street

All the normal reasons to be wary of this film aside, at its heart it has heart (or at least wisdom).

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Grandmaster

Another in his long line of unrequited-love epics.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1462900/ (Original title: Yi Dai Zong Shi)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Railway Man

Ever since reading Unbroken, Japanese WWII POW war films are the only ones I can't stomach.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Le Week-End

Excellent job describing the mess of marriage, but the film shouldn't also be a mess.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015

Kill the Messenger

Hollywood doesn't know how to create a film without bias. (Although, granted, what's the truth here?)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Friday, April 3, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015


Mulefritters! 20% capacity is not the joke, it's that you'd gain knowledge out of the electrical ether from a chemical.

The Homesman

The term "feminist western" sounds like a post-feminist oxymoron.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

John Wick

The dog scenes impacted me way more than all those shoot-em-ups.

The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations

Not surprisingly, Juster has a droll sense of humor.


One of the best visual definitions of order (and organization) in chaos.

The Royal Road

The history lesson was valuable, at least.

The Iron Ministry

Want to learn more about current Chinese culture? Watch this film.

The Creation of Meaning

I hope this area of Italy remains as un-touristy as our protagonist desires.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3905022/ (Original title: La Creazione di Significato)

Episode of the Sea

Excellent example of a documentarian going with the flow.

Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

Believe it or not, there were scholarly treatises masked as silent films in the 1920s.

Glee: Season 6

Glee may have devolved into chaos, but where else will I find new songs?

Monday, March 23, 2015


Shelton is no Holfcener, but she also makes quirky and uplifting films.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Captains

Painful to watch, surprisingly revealing, and as a documentary style, utter garbage.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

House of Cards: Season 3

I would bet quite a lot that that final walk out the door ends up being a very short one.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Angel's Share

What better movie to get prepped for a visit to Scotland? (Except maybe the crime does pay part.)

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Agent Carter: Season 1

The 2-minute plane crash scene in the first Captain America movie resonates better than this entire 8-episode series.

Star Trek: Enterprise: Season 4

Irritated that they dashed all hopes of the Tucker-T'Pol tryst, in the end. To what purpose?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Downton Abbey: Season 5

Best LOL line so far (sacrilege that it's not a Countess line, I know): "We can't have you wobbly at both ends."

Friday, February 27, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015


Can we be done with telling the same WWII story a very slightly different way? (Also, did you know Americans are awesome?)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Drop

Lehane provides multiple hints, but you really have to be on the lookout for them.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Star Trek: Enterprise: Season 2

They're so focused on highlighting early Earth struggles with spaceflight, they forget to make it thoughtful as well.

A Most Wanted Man

As with most movies made from le Carré books, it took me a while to catch on.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Last Days in Vietnam

If you don't end up more optimistic about humanity at the end of this, we didn't watch the same doc.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

You'll need to brush up on your classic films before watching this clever little independent.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Enough Said

Holofcener gains wisdom and skill as the years progress. And I dearly wish more guys would watch her stuff.

Finding Vivian Maier

Style and the doc's different "feel": A+. Controversy surrounding photo rights: C-. Never knowing the whole story from a doc = well, duh.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Only Lovers Left Alive

The film geeks I know would kill for every movie to be this movie.

The Guest

Agent: Dan, no one will be reminded of Downton Abbey after this! Dan: OK! Result: Should have stuck with your day job.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


[sticky note in Disney office] Remember! Reilly plus cute bears plus clams = box office gold!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

Cold in July

Who knew Don Johnson was a comedian? Or at least a comedian in tandem with Sam Shepard?

Sunday, January 18, 2015


It's impolitic of me to say, but Mbatha-Raw's lack of joy when good things were happening to her really bothered me.

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Imitation Game

I know too much about the life of Turing to watch this film without presumption.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

But, you see, you can put in all the great effects you like, but if the story is obvious, you end up with nothing.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Grand Budapest Hotel

How does Anderson create humor out of shapes (specifically, squares) with such finesse?