Boogie Nights: Much Better Than Not Quite

Film Title

Boogie Nights

Synopsis

A teenager with little formal education and a horse-like cock decides to play to his strengths. Or as he puts it: “Everybody’s given one special thing, right?”

Director

Paul Thomas Anderson

Cast

Mark Wahlberg
Burt Reynolds
Julianne Moore
Don Cheadle
John C. Reilly
Heather Graham
William H. Macy
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Alfred Molina

Do you watch porn? C’mon, you can tell me. Maybe you’re one of those guys who wakes up and immediately staggers bleary-eyed across the bedroom to flip up a laptop lid, a short journey made hazardous by the combination of throbbing boner and ankle-pooled pajama bottoms that necessitate arms thrown out to the side while […]

The Menu

Film Title

The Menu

Synopsis

A lavish and shocking menu is served up to food snobs at a remote island. There is much more than food on the menu.

Director

Mark Mylod

Cast

Ralph Fiennes
Nicholas Hoult
Anya Taylor-Joy
Hong Chau
John Leguizamo


An amuse-bouche of mystery and rising tension bursts into shocking flavor in the early courses with the introduction of a familiar but always startling red claret, finishing with redolent notes ranging from The Wicker Man to Ratatouille (the movie, not the “peasant dish” after which it was named), which combine in the climactic denouement to […]

The English: Lost In A Wilderness

Film Title

The English

Synopsis

A woman seeks revenge for the death of her son



Cast

Emily Blunt
Chaske Spencer
Stephen Rhea
Tom Hughes
Steve Wall

The gross silliness of Heaven’s Gate reminded me to always cast critical eye on even Westerns. They should not get a go-bye simply because I love Westerns, that’d just be goofy. Although goofy is in vogue these days, it’s best to subscribe to the old values. So, when Amazon Prime offers a Western staring Emily […]

My Year In Movies: 2022 Edition

“My Year in Movies – 2022 Edition” – Was I talking about gas? It’s been a couple years, but we’re finally back to the film world resembling something like pre-Covid times. This is good news, because the world outside of film continues to resemble a horror show. As I said back at the end of […]

White Noise (2022)

Film Title

White Noise

Synopsis

Won’t anyone pay attention to what’s really happening?

Director

Noah Baumbach

Cast

Adam Driver
Don Cheadle
Greta Gerwig
Madison Gaughan
Daniel Williams
Matthew Williams

It’s award consideration season, so here’s my consideration. Synopsis Won’t anyone pay attention to what’s really happening? Writing I don’t know what’s really happening. The film has a very distinct three act structure that would have been better suited as vignettes. The first act introduces Professor Jack Gladney (Adam Driver), an expert in Adolf Hitler […]

The Whale

Film Title

The Whale

Synopsis

We are all chasing something

Director

Darren Aronofsky

Cast

Brendan Fraser
Sadie Sink
Ty Simpkins
Hong Chau
Samantha Morton

Going into Darren Aronofsky’s latest film The Whale, I prepared myself for at least one disturbing scene that would sear itself into my brain next to scenes from Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan. Like Stanley Kubrick, Aronofsky tends to make weird and dark movies, some of which feature scenes you cannot unsee. To […]

Babylon (1922)

Film Title

Babylon

Synopsis

We’re going to need two cigarettes after this romp

Director

Damien Chazelle

Cast

Brad PItt
Margot Robbie
Diego Calva
Katherine Waterson
Jovan Adepo
Tobey Maguire
Jean Smart
Olivia Wilde

It’s a rare occurrence when a movie or series shows something that stops every random thought in my head, every synapse focusing like a laser on the screen. I become Neo in The Matrix when Morpheus leaps to a distant building. “Whoa” is the only correct response. It happened the first time I saw the […]

Thirteen Lives

Film Title

Thirteen Lives

Synopsis

A rescue mission is assembled to save a soccer team trapped in a cave.

Director

Ron Howard

Cast

Viggo Mortensen
Colin Farrell
Joel Edgerton
Paul Gleeson
Tom Bateman

It’s award consideration season, so here’s my consideration. Synopsis A cave rescue mission. Writing On June 23, 2018, twelve boys and their coach were trapped in a flooded cave system in northern Thailand. Given the recency of the event, extensive coverage at the time, and the known outcome, the movie practically writes itself. The only […]

Crimes Of The Future

Film Title

Crimes of the Future

Synopsis

Humans are evolving and David Cronenberg makes it gross

Director

David Cronenberg

Cast

Viggo Mortensen
Lea Seydoux
Kristen Stewart
Don McKellar
Dierdre Brown

It’s award consideration season, so here’s my consideration. Writing There are interesting concepts, but they never fall into a cohesive narrative. In this future, most humans have evolved to no longer feel pain or become infected by disease and many are growing new organs with undetermined functions, only to have them removed to comply with […]

Wendell & Wild

Film Title

Wendell & Wild

Synopsis

A juvenile delinquent, two demons with daddy issues, a priest, demon hunters, zombies, corporate executives, and the devil clash for all the reasons.

Director

Henry Selick

Cast

Lyric Ross
Keegan-Michael Key
Jordan Peele
James Hong
Angela Bassett

It’s award consideration season, so here’s my consideration. Synopsis A juvenile delinquent, two demons with daddy issues, a priest, demon hunters, zombies, corporate executives, and the devil clash for all the reasons. Writing Just because Wendell & Wild is pretty doesn’t mean it has coherent writing. Surprisingly, Jordan Peele co-wrote this mess with Henry Selick, […]