Category Archives: Film Reviews

Film Club: The Master

“This happens. This is something that happens.”
-Stanley in Magnolia

There are multiple scenes in The Master in which characters sit across from one another, focusing in, unblinking, asking basic questions: “What is your name? What is your name? What is your name?” This is what Paul Thomas Anderson has been doing throughout his filmmaking career, sitting across from audiences and asking us to see human beings we might let our eyes slide over in the real world.

But Anderson has us trapped in a movie theater, and he dares us to look.

Some people get up and walk out. … Read the rest

The Dark Knight Rises

“We like to talk big, vampires do. ‘I’m going to destroy the world.’ It’s just tough guy talk. Struttin’ around with your friends over a pint of blood. The truth is, I like this world. You’ve got dog racing, Manchester United, and you’ve got people. Billions of people walking around like Happy Meals with legs. It’s all right here. But then someone comes along with a vision. With a real passion for destruction. Angel could pull it off. Goodbye, Piccadilly. Farewell, Leicester bloody Square. You know what I’m saying?”
-Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Becoming, Part 2,” Season … Read the rest

“Be Not Afraid of Shadows,” or Today I Have a Bunch of Entertainment-Related Things I’ve Been Meaning to Post

The Onion had this to say about the shootings in Colorado. I don’t know if Todd Hanson wrote this, but it sounds like him. (Background: Todd Hanson wrote one of the best Onion articles ever, and he was also the subject of one of the most moving WTF Podcasts. That’s a two-hour interview: the first half is interesting, definitely, but it’s the second half when you have to stop whatever you’re doing and just listen because wow.)

I’m going to see The Dark Knight Rises tonight.

John posted this in response to my post about Richard III. … Read the rest

Movies I Watched with the Godsons

“If you can’t be with the films you love, love the ones you’re with.”

“If you had a chance to change your fate, would you?”
-Merida in Brave

Madagascar 3
When Tammy called and asked if I wanted to see Madagascar 3 with them a few weeks ago, I had to remind myself that sometimes one goes to see movies one doesn’t want to see because it is nice to spend time with friends, and I went. I am a fan of animation, but I have ignored this franchise almost entirely, other than this Christmas short which features … Read the rest

Five Things for Film Club, Even Though I’m Not Caught Up on Reading Posts

1. Guys, you need to know that Jason has glasses but seldom wears them. I believe his feelings about films may have less to do with rose-colored glasses and more to do with the fact he can’t see the film.

2. Brandon, I also hate Exit Through the Gift Shop (I saw it before I was Film Club), and it brought me joy to read that you hate it, too. (And, yes, I also like the Beacon Call Trap Genre. Doesn’t everyone?)

3. Sometimes hating movies brings me joy (see above).

4. Jason wrote, “I enjoyed and appreciated Hostel.” … Read the rest

Other Movies I Love in Which Things Go to Hell on a Spaceship, in Alphabetical Order

2001: A Space Odyssey
Empire Strikes Back
Moon (which technically happens on a space station, but whatever)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

I feel like there must be some I’m forgetting.… Read the rest

One of My Favorite Genres is Things Go to Hell on a Spaceship

“Don’t worry, Parker. You’ll get whatever’s coming to you.”
-Ripley in Alien

Rewatching Alien (which I did last Thursday), it’s hard to believe the film came out in 1979. The only thing that makes it look dated are the computer screens, and that’s not even distracting. I still find the movie suspenseful and scary, even though I’ve seen it many times and know exactly what’s going to happen. The scene when the alien bursts out of the dude’s chest during dinner is the iconic scene in that film, but there are two that are far superior. One is the scene … Read the rest

I Watched Roman Holiday Because John Told Me It Was Essential

I’ve been meaning to watch Roman Holiday since John wrote about it back in February, and this weekend I finally got around to it. It is, as John says, a film filled with joy that completely made me cry at the end. (I was home with my cats eating popcorn, so I could be unabashed about my crying.) My favorite parts were all Audrey Hepburn–when she lost her shoe (I would so do that in that situation), when she was wandering around Rome eating gelato (again, I would so do that). It’s really kind of a coming-of-age movie for this … Read the rest

Brandon Lured Me Back to Film Club with Talk of Zombies

Brandon, you have figured out how to get my attention. I saw “zombies” in your post title and then had to go read the post, which led to me catching up on reading all the Film Club blogs and starting this post.

I ignored everything about The Innkeepers, of course, because I’m planning to see it next weekend. I skipped quite a bit of the talk about Funny Games and Hostel II as well because even though I’ve been watching horror since I was in elementary school, those movies look like way too much for me.

Lisa, SOLIDARITY on … Read the rest

Things I Haven’t Been Telling You

“First it’s the spelling, then it’s the grammar.”
-Aro in Breaking Dawn, Part 1

As part of my continuing quest to organize and get rid of things to get ready to move, I’ve been coming across notebooks and post-its upon which I’ve written things I clearly meant to tell you about at some point but never did. I thought I’d share some.

Breaking Dawn, Part 1
I took extensive notes on this movie when I watched it months ago, but for some reason never wrote about it. As ever, Michael Sheen as Aro was the best thing about the movie, … Read the rest