The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had plenty going against it before it opened last Friday, May 2nd. (Early showings started around 8 on Thursday.) Early reviews were lukewarm at best. Rumors of too many villains bogging down the film were strong, and incessant trailers and TV spots seemed to leave very few surprises. More than anything, ASM 2 absolutely needed to improve upon director Marc Webb’s first Spidey outing, 2012’s even-less-than-lukewarm reboot. Amazing Spider-Man 2 didn’t need to be amazing (it’s not,) it simply needed to be better (it is.) Continue reading
- The Great Dictator, 1940 - ★★★★★ August 3, 2020Watched on Monday August 3, 2020.
- Shane, 1953 - ★★★½ August 3, 2020Enjoyed it. Interesting take on the mythic nature of legendary gunslingers. Seeing Joey's hero worship of Shane demonstrated the mythic quality of gunfighters well but it was the nuance of Shane's character as a man trying put his past behind him that gives the movie a lot more texture. Joe Starrett's calm, idealistic character gives a good ba […]
- Samurai Rebellion, 1967 - ★★★★½ August 3, 2020Really harrowing story of family bond versus duty. Mifune is powerful and stoic as the retired head of the Sasahara family. The father and son dynamic is incredibly well-drawn with Mifune and Gô Katô playing off each other with such endearing chemistry. Katô's somewhat naive Yogoro is a good counter to Mifune's portrayal of Isaburo as a peaceful sw […]
- Kagemusha, 1980 - ★★★★½ August 2, 2020Kurosawa in color is gorgeous. The scale of this epic is impressive but it's not a battle-heavy samurai/period movie. It's a more intimate tale. Kagemusha as a character is really compelling. It's not as dark as I expected from the plot. But it's fascinating to see his subtle acclimation into the role and how it culminates is really stron […]
- They Came Together, 2014 - ★★★★½ August 1, 2020Added a half star to my rating because this is a brilliant send-up of romantic comedies. It's so weird and hilarious. I love it.Wait....person reading this.....thank you....Wait......thanks.
- Back to the Future, 1985 - ★★★★★ July 31, 2020I really don't know if a more purely entertaining movie exists for me. It's just perfect.
- The Great Dictator, 1940 - ★★★★★ August 3, 2020