Category: Uncategorized

Films Seen 3/27 – 4/25

 
Movie Movie (1978), Stanley Donen, B+
Everybody Wants Some!! (2016), Richard Linklater, A
Gods Not Dead (2014), Harold Cronk, F
God’s Not Dead 2 (2016), Harold Cronk, D-
Meet the Blacks (2016), Deon Taylor, C
Vaxxed: From Conspiracy to Cover-Up (2016), Andrew Wakefield, F
Crime and Punishment (1935), Josef von Sternberg, B+
The Invitation (2016), Karyn Kusama, B+
Harper (1966), Jack Smight, B
Red Desert (1964), Michelangelo Antonioni, A
The Boss (2016), Ben Falcone, D
Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016), Malcolm D. Lee, B
The Jungle Book (2016), Jon Favreau, B
Keep Quiet (2016), Sam Blair and Joseph Martin, C+
All This Panic (2016), Jenny Gage, B-
First Monday in May (2016), Andrew Rossi, B-
Burden (2016), Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey, A-
Houston, We Have A Problem! (2016), Žiga Virc, C-
Always Shine (2016), Sophia Takal, B
For The Love Of Spock (2016), Adam Nimoy, B
Nerdland (2016), Chris Prynoski, D-
Contemporary Color (2016), Turner Ross and Bill Ross IV, C
Lovetrue (2016), Alma Har’el, C
Taxi Driver (1976), Martin Scorsese, A
Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (2016), Bob Yari, D

Films Seen 2/22 – 3/26

 
Eddie the Eagle (2016), Dexter Fletcher, B
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Ang Lee, A-
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016), Yuen Woo-ping, C-
Gods of Egypt (2016), Alex Proyas, B
Songs My Brother Taught Me (2016), Chloé Zhao, B
Zootopia (2016), Byron Howard and Rich Moore, B-
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, B+
The Wave (2016), Roar Uthaug, B-
A Brighter Summer Day (1991), Edward Yang, A-
Creative Control (2016), Benjamin Dickinson, A-
300 (2007), Zack Snyder, A+
A Space Program (2016), Van Neistat, A-
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016), Dan Trachtenberg, A-
The Young Messiah (2016), Cyrus Nowrasteh, D+
Krisha (2016), Trey Edward Shults, A-
Under the Shadow (2016), Babak Anvari, B+
Loving (1970), Irvin Kershner, B+
Night of the Shoting Stars (1982), Vittorio and Bruno Taviani, B+
1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), Ridley Scott, C+
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Pt 1 (2012), Jay Oliva, B-
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Pt 2 (2013), Jay Oliva, B
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013), Jay Oliva, B
Justice League: War (2013), Jay Oliva, B
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Zack Snyder, C
Get A Job (2016), Dylan Kidd, C

Films Seen 1/30 – 2/21

 
Hail, Caesar! (2016), Joel and Ethan Coen, A
Knight of Cups (2016), Terrence Malick, B-
Jane Got A Gun (2016), Gavin O’Connor, C-
Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975), Chantal Akerman, A-
American Gigolo (1980), Paul Schrader, C-
Hail, Caesar! (2016), Joel and Ethan Coen, A
Pride and Prejudice (2005), Joe Wright, B
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016), Burr Steers, D+
Deadpool (2016), Tim Miller, B
The Choice (2016), Ross Katz, D+
The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Jonathan Demme, A-
Hannibal (2001), Ridley Scott, D
Nina Forever (2016), Ben and Chris Blaine, B+
Triple 9 (2016), John Hillcoat, C
Band of the Hand (1986), Paul Michael Glaser, C-
The Keep (1983), Michael Mann, C
Embrace of the Serpent (2016), Ciro Guerra, A
They Will Have To Kill Us First (2016), Johanna Schwartz, C
Rolling Papers (2016), Mitch Dickman, B-
A War (2016), Tobias Lindholm, B
Risen (2016), Kevin Reynolds, C
Race (2016), Stephen Hopkins, C-
Bigger Than Life (1956), Nicholas Ray, A-

Films Seen 11/15 – 12/16

 
Out of the Past (1947), Jacques Tourneur, A
The Amazing Mr. X a/k/a The Spiritualist (1948), Bernard Vorhaus, B+
Very Semi-Serious (2015), Leah Wolchok, B+
The Big Short (2015), Adam McKay, A-
Creed (2015), Ryan Coogler, C+
The Secret in Their Eyes (2015), Billy Ray, D
Mediterranea (2015), Jonas Carpignano, A-
Victor Frankenstein (2015), Paul McGuigan, D
Chi-Raq (2015), Spike Lee, A-
The Revenant (2015), Alejandro González Iñárritu, B-
Submerged (2015), Steven C. Miller, D
Mr. Holmes (2015), Bill Condon, B
The Look of Silence (2015), Joshua Oppenheimer, B
Macbeth (2015), Justin Kurzel, B
Far From the Madding Crowd (2015), Thomas Vinterberg, B
The Danish Girl (2015), Tom Hooper, B
Beasts of No Nation (2015), Cory Joji Fukunaga, A-
The Assassin (2015), Hou Hsiao-Hsien, C-
45 Years (2015), Andrew Haigh, A-
Love & Mercy (2015), Bill Pohlad, B+
Joy (2015), David O. Russell, B-
The Hateful Eight (2015), Quentin Tarantino, B+
In The Heart of the Sea (2015), Ron Howard, C
Intimate Bed 1993), Mircea Daneliuc, C+
Dreams Rewired (2015), Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart and Thomas Tode, B+
Wharf Angel (1934) William Cameron Menzies, George Somnes, B+
I Knew Her Well (1965), Antonio Pietrangeli, A-
In Jackson Heights (2015), Frederick Wiseman, B+
Sicario (2015), Denis Villeneuve, A-
Truth (2015), James Vanderbilt, C
Aferim! (2015), Radu Jude, A
The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939), Kenji Mizoguchi, B+
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015), Walt Becker, C+
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), J.J. Abrams, A
Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art (2015), James Crump, B

Films Seen 9/22 – 10/12

 
Diary of a Chambermaid (1964), Luis Buñuel, B+
Bad Company (1972), Robert Benton, B+
Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015), Genndy Tartakovsky, C-
The Creeping Garden (2015), Tim Grabham and Jason Sharp, B
The Sky Trembles and the Earth is Afraid and the Earth and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers (2015), Ben Rivers, B
Microbe and Gasoline (2015), Michel Gondry, A-
Don’t Blink: Robert Frank (2015), Laura Israel, C
The Witness (2015), James Salomon, B
The Awful Truth (1937), Leo McCarey, A-
Deathgasm (2015), Jason Lei Howden, B-
The Forbidden Room (2015), Guy Maddin, B+
The Treasure (2015), Corneliu Porumboiu, A-
The Measure of a Man (2015), Stéphane Brizé, C
De Palma (2015), Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach, B+
Goosebumps (2015), Rob Letterman, B
Bridge of Spies (2015), Steven Spielberg, B-
Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979), Terry Jones, A
Beyond Zero: 1914-1918 (2014), Bill Morrison, B+
The Gorgon (1964), Terence Fisher, B-
Heart of a Dog (2015), Laurie Anderson, B+
Miles Ahead (2015), Don Cheadle, B-

Films Seen 9/5 – 9/21 (TIFF 2015)

Freeheld (2015), Peter Sollett, C
The Dressmaker (2015), Jocelyn Moorehouse, C
Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous (2015), Christopher Doyle, C+
Parisienne (2015), Danielle Arbid, B-
Evolution (2015), Lucile Hadžihalilović, A-
Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015), Kent Jones, B
Ixcanul (2015), Jayro Bustamante, A-
The Kind Words (2015), Shemi Zarhin, C-
Endorphine (2015), Andre Turpin, B-
Demolition (2015), Jean-Marc Vallée, D
Where To Invade Next (2015), Michael Moore, C+
The Martian (2015), Ridley Scott, A-
Our Brand Is Crisis (2015), David Gordon Green, B+
Schneider vs. Bax (2015), Alex van Warmerdam, B
Legend (2015), Brian Helgeland, B-
February (2015), Osgood Perkins, D+
Thru You Princess (2015), Ido Haar, B
Anomalisa (2015), Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, A-
Black Mass (2015), Scott Cooper, C-
Maggie’s Plan (2015), Rebecca Miller, C+
Desierto (2015), Jonás Cuarón, C+
High-Rise (2015), Ben Wheatley, B-
Spotlight (2015), Thomas McCarthy, B+
Bang Gang: A Modern Love Story (2015), Eva Husson, C
Rabin, the Last Day (2015), Amos Gitai, B
Room (2015), Lenny Abrahamson, A-
The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015), Matthew Brown, C
Septembers of Shiraz (2015), Wayne Blair, D-
Hardcore (2015), Ilya Naishuller, D+

Films Seen 7/28 – 9/4

(Dis)honesty: The Truth About Lies (2015), Yael Melamede, B-
Horse Money (2015), Pedro Costa, B
Learning to Drive (2015), Isabel Coixet, B
Straight Outta Compton (2015), F. Gary Gray, C
Ricki and the Flash (2015), Jonathan Demme, B
The Quay Brothers – On 35mm (1986/1991/2000/2015), The Brothers Quay and Christopher Nolan, A-
The Mend (2015), John Magary, B+
Hitman: Agent 47 (2015), Aleksander Bach, D
American Ultra (2015), Nima Nourizadeh, D
Goodnight Mommy (2105), Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, C
WARx2 (2015), The Strasson Group, N/A
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015), Guy Ritchie, B-
Tom at the Farm (2015), Xavier Dolan, B-
When Animals Dream (2015), Jonas Alexander Arnby, C+
We Are Your Friends (2015), Max Joseph, B
Until the End of the World [Director’s Cut] (1991/2015), Wim Wenders, A
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015), Stanley Nelson, B-
Meet the Patels (2015), Ravi Patel and Geeta Patel, B
A Sinner in Mecca (2015), Parvez Sharma, B-
War Room (2015), Alex Kendrick, F
The Steamroller and the Violin (1961), Andrei Tarkovsky, B+
Face to Face (1976), Ingmar Bergman, B+
In The Shadow of Women (2015), Philippe Garrel, B
The Cut (2015), Fatih Akin, B
Labrynth of Lies (2015), Giulio Ricciarelli, C+

Films 7/2 – 7/27

The Gospel According to Saint Matthew (1964), Pier Paolo Pasolini, A-
Faith of our Fathers (2015), Carey Scott, D-
Chan is Missing (1982), Wayne Wang, A
Chameleon Street (1989), Wendell B. Harris, Jr., A-
Heat and Sunlight (1987), Rob Nilsson, B
Personal Problems (1980), Bill Gunn, C
Seventeen (1983), Joel DeMott and Jeff Kreines, A-
Landlord Blues (1988), Jacob Burckhardt, C
The Gallows (2015), Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing, D
Ant-Man (2015), Peyton Reed, B+
Cremaster 4 (1994), Matthew Barney, A-
Cremaster 1 (1995), Matthew Barney, A-
Cremaster 5 (1997), Matthew Barney, B
Cremaster 2 (1999), Matthew Barney, B-
Cremaster 3 (2002), Matthew Barney, A-
Listen To Me Marlon (2015), Stevan Riley, B
Trainwreck (2015), Judd Apatow, B-
A LEGO Brickumentary (2015), Kief Davidson and Daniel Junge, D
The Runner (2015), Austin Stark, B-
The Kindergarten Teacher (2015), Nadav Lapid, A-
Five Star (2015), Keith Miller, B
Unexpected (2015), Kris Swanberg, C+
Pixels (2015), Chris Columbus, D+
Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015), Richard Starzak and Mark Burton, A-
Vacation (2015),John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, C-
Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015), Marielle Heller, A
Paper Towns (2015), Jake Schreier, B-
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015), Christopher McQuarrie, A-
Jenny’s Wedding (2015), Mary Agnes Donoghue, C-
Cop Car (2015), Jon Watts, A-

Films Seen 6/7 – 7/1

The Stranger (2015), Guillemo Amoedo, D
Jurassic World (2015), Colin Trevorrow, C
The 11th Hour (2015), Anders Morgenthaler, C-
Live from New York! (2015), Bao Nguyen, C+
Burying the Ex (2015), Joe Dante, D
Gabriel (2015), Lou Howe, A-
Dark Awakenings (2015), Dean Jones, F
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), Jim Sharman, B
Dope (2015), Rick Famuyiwa, B-
Ted 2 (2015), Seth MacFarlane B
3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets (2015), Marc Silver, B-
Self/Less (2015), Tarsem Singh, C-
Minions (2015), Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin, C
A Little Chaos (2015), Alan Rickman, C
Batkid Begins (2015), Dana Nachman, D+
Max (2015), Boaz Yakin, D+
Magic Mike XXL (2015), Gregory Jacobs, B+
The Milky Way (1969), Luis Buñuel, A-
Skidoo (1968), Otto Preminger, C-
Terminator Genisys (2015), Alan Taylor, C
A Poem Is A Naked Person (1974), Les Blank, A-
Tangerine (2015), Sean Baker, B+

Wrap-up of Cannes 2015

Here are links to all the movie reviews (and miscellanea) that I published out of Cannes 2015, separated by outlet.

For Esquire.com

Inside-Out (loved it!)
Sea of Trees (it’s crap!)
The Lobster (it’s really, really cool!)

For VanityFair.com

Dheepan (it’s okay!)
Amy (it’s really good)
A Tale of Love and Darkness (it kinda blows!)
The Tale of Tales (its’ okay!)
Son of Saul, Les Anarchistes & Afterthought (fantastic, fairly good & good, respectively!)
Embrace of the Serpent, The Fourth Direction, Cemetery of Splendor & Green Room (spectacular, a snooze, interesting & something of a disappointment, respectively!)

For The Guardian

One Floor Below (it’s intriguing!)
Dégradé (it’s okay!)
Mustang (it’s terrific!)
The Brand New Testament (it’s whimsical and hilarious!)
Mediterranea (it’s topical!)
Lamb (it’s classical!)

For Mashable

Irrational Man (it’s droll!)
Carol (it’s gorgeous!)
Sicario (it’s sleek!)
Youth (it’s pretentious!)

For Popular Mechanics

Mad Mad: Fury Road (it’s loud!)

For Times of Israel

Was Cannes Good For The Jews? (yes!)

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