Saturday, December 30, 2017

Atomic Blonde

Have a stuntman direct your movie, and the stunts will of course be the best part.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Well, if you're going to squash Episodes V and VI into Episode VIII, then you better give us something unique for Episode IX (too many numbers, y'all).

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Monday, December 4, 2017

Beatriz at Dinner

I watched this over two weeks ago, and still have conflicting (exasperated?) feelings about it.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2

Thankfully, Ms. Fey shows up halfway through this season, or this may have gotten lower marks.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Broadchurch: Season 3

I may not miss the subject matter, but I will miss how D.I. Hardy pronounces D.I. Miller's name.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

White House Down

This is a film you watch while sewing. It needs literally 1/8 of your attention.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

War for the Planet of the Apes

Folks may not adore this installation, but it is the first time we've seen an entire narrative film devoted to a non-human species.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Stranger Things: Season 2

Comfortably obvious and entertaining. (Plus some meta-references about being derivative.)

Sunday, November 5, 2017

American Horror Story: Season 2

The ending to this season really grew on me. Which probably doesn't say great things about me.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Blade Runner 2049

This was akin to smelling and tasting a different flavor of a favorite movie.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Big Sick

I dearly wish this had been something other than an illness of the lungs, but it doesn't prevent me from giving it high marks.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Americans: Season 1

Best pilot I've seen in a long while, but did they really need to pair EVERY person off this season?

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Walking Dead: Season 7

Not until this season did I understand how they think they can get 5 more under their belt.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

For the Love of Spock

It's unfortunate this is a private journey (a valid documentary choice, but a super difficult one to achieve).

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Defenders (mini-series)

In case you were concerned about any character here - no one ever dies in the Marvel universe.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Attack

I expect having conflicting opinions about this movie are the director's precise intentions.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Wall

Now that's a first - a theatrical play set in the middle of the Iraqi war.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Yes, he's supposed to act like a kid! (But MJ's not supposed to be so... hidden.)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Monster Calls

Who thought up the name on this franchise? It's "A Monster Roars Helpfully".

Monday, August 21, 2017


Yet another in the long line of "no, really, you don't want to touch that" science-fiction movies.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

iZombie: Season 3

They're settling into this, finally, but expect many, many more human-zombie (and back) switcheroos.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Fast and the Furious

Clearly, this was the only plot type the screenwriters could handle: "Then I did this. Then I did this. Then..."

Thursday, July 27, 2017


I just... I mean... okay, I'll say it. Shyamalan is never going to be my cup of tea.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Beauty and the Beast

Mostly, a whole lot of nothing. Except for that amazing ball dress at the end (a la Cinderella).

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

House of Cards: Season 5

If you don't look at this series as Shakespearean, you are bound to be deeply disappointed.

Veep: Season 5

I seem to have given this series a low rating for 4 seasons. It deserves a full integer bump this time around.

My Life as a Zucchini

The ending seemed obvious, however I especially loved Offerman as the policeman. (Original title: Ma Vie de Courgette)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Money Monster

Kudos to the screenwriters for the elevator joke (let's assume this is a nod to "I hate snakes, Jock!").

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

O.J.: Made in America (mini-series)

I can't fathom the depths of self-denial you would have to sink to, to screw up your life this badly.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

While We're Young

Subtle difference, perhaps, but the film is not about age, it's about generations.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Person of Interest: Season 4

I'm sucking these in so fast, I don't even remember what happened this season. (It's all one long story, right?)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

War Dogs

I appreciated the operations engineering, and truly hated the paint-by-numbers soundtrack.

Thursday, April 6, 2017


Someone's been watching a very great deal of Miyazaki.


Best line: "I've delivered a million passengers over 40 years, but in the end I'm gonna be judged on 208 seconds.”

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Shallows

Not Jaws, and that's a good thing. (Read: someone made a differently great shark movie.)


Gordon-Levitt is primo, but get the better story by watching the better Citizenfour documentary.

Black Mirror: Season 2

My review of the second season could be the same as the first, just with more "AAAAUUUUGH!"

Monday, March 20, 2017

Manchester by the Sea

Lonergan's choices are so spot on. Case in point: the slo-mo scene at the funeral.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Departed

I continually forget how utterly kinetic Mr. Scorsese and Ms. Schoonmaker's films are.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Hacksaw Ridge

What makes it Oscar-worthy is not the true-ness of the story, it's the visceral filming of the battles.

Person of Interest: Season 2

It's difficult to tell when Edward Snowden had an effect on the show.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Game of Thrones: Season 6

The scene they choose NOT to film is the first brother-sister reunion since the first season?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


In the genre of trying-too-hard-biopics, this one rates about a C.

Person of Interest: Season 1

This cast seems to have been uncomfortable with each other longer than normal, but they are up to the task by this point.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Jason Bourne

Just goes to show you that I watched this 11 days ago, and have zero memory of it already.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

I'm fairly certain I lost the (time) thread at the end, but it doesn't really matter.

Pitch Perfect 2

Nothing wrong with this, including a divine rendition of the Cups song.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Pete's Dragon

If you're going to jerk me around by my heartstrings, do it with more artistry.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Deepwater Horizon

Perhaps they should simply book Mark Wahlberg now for all "based on true events" stories.

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Fall: Season 3

I probably shouldn't have finished this series the day before today. Or maybe it was just right to do that.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Fall: Season 2

That quote about what makes men and women feel threatened will stay with me a long, long time.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

Bridget Jones's Baby

It's like they took Bridget Jones's Diary, randomly ordered the scenes, and had everyone age 15 years.

Sunday, January 8, 2017


What does a good documentary do? Rolls with the punches and crafts something unexpected.

Don't Think Twice

I'm glad I got to see Keegan-Michael Key live, because this film does not showcase his brilliance enough.