Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
89% A Serious Man (2009) I loved the Tale of the Goy's Teeth. This parable is worth the (exorbitant) price of admission. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
86% Dave Made a Maze (2017) A weird little gem. The kind of horror flick that isn't great-great, but is simultaneously so of its era and so individual in its vision that it will get brought up later in lists... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
95% Monsoon Wedding (2002) This is a fleet, gentle movie, and I enjoyed it... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
57% Clean and Sober (1988) Sentimental ending; too much sentiment in general... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
63% Drunks (1995) Last line is very, very poignant. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
94% Raging Bull (1980) I like this; I like movies where remorse changes people, but I like also the occasional one that reminds you that it doesn't have to, remorse isn't magic, nothing's inevitable inside of you... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
85% X2: X-Men United (2003) It does more than any other live action superhero film to convey the sheer wonder of superpowers. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
82% X-Men (2000) I don't care what you think, still my favorite superhero films... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
87% Vicious Fun (2020) I enjoyed the look of this a lot, but it should have been better. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
96% The Social Network (2010) An emotional and suspenseful story...a moral tale about the sweet smell of success. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
100% Fires on the Plain (Nobi) (1959) Notable in the way director Kon Ichikawa choreographic movement... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
89% Sleeping Beauty (1959) Maleficent is a ferocious creation... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
86% Werewolves Within (2021) Genuinely funny... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
98% Night Comes On (2018) Both lead actresses are excellent... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
97% Project Nim (2011) The filmmaker doesn't actually hold these foolish humans' emotions, longings and aspirations in contempt... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
88% An American Werewolf in London (1981) The hallucinations and gnarly ghosts give this movie an unexpected Smorgasborg of horror. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
99% Sunset Boulevard (1950) Amazing sets, amazing gowns... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
95% Croupier (2000) Not a great movie...kind of just hanging out, smoking a cigarette, flirting, cooking dinner, shaking. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
89% Zodiac (2007) A chiller, more fatalistic... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
40% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) I loved watching this film, for one reason and one reason only: it is gorgeous. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
83% The Big Lebowski (1998) You can't not enjoy watching Jeff Bridges drawl and ramble around... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
No Score Yet The Lunchroom (Planta permanente) (2019) Maybe my own genre expectations got in the way...a sad and unpleasant thing to watch... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
63% Under Capricorn (1949) It's got all the Technicolor pleasures a soundstage can offer, and high-stakes moral arcs aplenty. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
96% Notorious (1946) I just did not feel any chemistry between our leads... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
100% Crush The Skull (2015) The characters are fantastic. They're the reason to watch. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
69% Haunt (2019) There are basically three story elements here and they never join forces...[which] makes the whole movie feel kinda pointless. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
39% Hell Fest (2018) ...just a bunch of gooey stuff. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
45% Jennifer's Body (2009) I did not love Jennifer's Body. It's very "almost." - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
43% The Rules of Attraction (2002) Shannyn Sossamon is excellent as the girl, Ian Somerhalder is just shockingly good... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
100% His House (2020) His House is an extraordinary haunted-house film, and also an excellent horror film in the genre, "Is she crazy?" - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
96% Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) (2020) This too is very confidently-directed. The plot jerks and circles back on itself. Events don't happen at all when you might expect them to. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
48% Flatliners (1990) I think it's not a reach to read this as an AIDS movie. But mostly I loved it because it is so, so, so well-made. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
89% My Darling Supermarket (Meu Querido Supermercado) (2019) It's thrilling to watch someone so skilled in her medium, letting her subjects explore their world for us. - America Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
98% Minari (2020) The direction isn't showy; this is a movie carried by its story and by the stellar performances, including Yuh-jung Youn as the grandmother, Soonja. - America Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
100% 17 Blocks (2019) 17 Blocks is about the ways in which individual decisions are powerful even within terrible constraints. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
62% The Hitcher (1986) There's a lot to like about this odd film, which will keep you in suspense even against your will. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
45% The Little Things (2021) This is a movie that will leave you wondering, "What was the point of that movie?" It clearly has a point. It is trying to do something! But what and why? - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
70% Stromboli (1950) There's a riveting early scene with the village priest, and then once you hit the fishing-horror scene, it is pretty much all unforgettable... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
87% The Pajama Game (1957) [A] frequently-charming musical about a corporate manager. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
67% Hell Night (1981) It has really nothing to say, and I found that I couldn't quite love it, but it's much better-crafted than it needed to be. The music is striking... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
93% The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976) Foster is a huge standout...just a ferocious, iconic, convincing portrayal. She makes what could have felt like a mannered film instead feel raw. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
89% Ganja & Hess (1973) Surreal, collage-like '70s vampire film, wrapped in the embrace of black Christianity and fighting it. You'll know if this film is for you very quickly... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
100% Nights of Cabiria (Le Notti di Cabiria) (1957) Giulietta Masina is phenomenal as Cabiria. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
80% Summer of 85 (Été 85) (2021) It's gloriously teenage. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
86% The Descent (2006) The Descent is a phenomenal movie anyway, its women so brave, so dedicated to one another, so mistrusting or untrustworthy; its caves alternate between terrifying and beautiful... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
92% Shattered Glass (2003) I did watch it at least twice in a row and then listen to the dvd commentary instead of doing literally anything else with my life... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
86% Night Tide (1963) The dialogue is perfunctory, and both Hopper and his love interest seem to drop each line with a clunk... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
80% What Keeps You Alive (2018) This movie doesn't only captivate because of Allen's cagey-yet-vulnerable performance as Jules, or that shocking twist, or that mobile camera, or the creepy theme song... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
78% True Stories (1986) It would be queasily, dishonestly wholesome if it weren't a) so much fun-the surrealist fashion show! "Wild Wild Life"!, and also b) so penetrating, so willing to expose while still giving the benefit of the doubt. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
95% You Can Count On Me (2000) ...what I especially loved was that this film lets its two main characters do genuinely awful, hurtful things, which don't even disrupt the siblings' mirrored self-righteousness... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020