James Bond themes, ranked

Recently I found myself lamenting the sorry state of James Bond theme songs in the 2010s, and how overhyped I find “Skyfall” in particular, but after some discussion of the matter I realized I owed it to this most vital and urgent of topics to…

Carnival of Souls

“I watched Carnival of Souls today in preparation for the Rifftrax performance coming out later this month. It was extraordinary.”

Ghostbusters (2016)

“Whatever the truth is about the villains of the world, it’s true that almost all of them are still men of one stripe or another, and that the systematic, institutionalized ‘bullying’ women experience daily has made almost none of them into homicidal maniacs.”

Star Trek Beyond

“This is the third Star Trek movie in a row to be about a terrorist seeking misguided revenge, and I really hope they find a new story next time around, one that makes better use of their characters and actually bothers to explore an idea among all the motorcycle stunts and explosions.”

American Graffiti and Animal House

These two movies have a lot in common. Both are set in 1962, though one feels more like 1957 and the other like 1972. Both are coming-of-age stories featuring teenagers on the cusp of the college experience, rapidly losing their innocence but not their cheerfulness….

Checking in

So yeah. It’s been a while. I’ve been watching loads of things, but not much that’s inspired me to take the time to write a full entry. Here are a few I remember offhand. Accatone: Eh. Even in Italian I can tell the acting can’t…

Creature (1985)

Obviously, the world’s most blatant ripoff / blend of Alien and The Thing (both the John Carpenter version and the original “space carrot” film). I’ve wanted to see this movie since I was probably 12 years old, but I can’t remember why. I think I…


Just finished Crooklyn on the train and I was SO confused by the aspect ratio switch for the visit to the suburbs. I have to say, though, it makes a good case for how overrated the idea that a film is only worthwhile if every…

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace

I’m tentatively planning, in good company with a whole bunch of other people, I’m sure, to watch the first six Star Wars movies in Machete Order before I see the new one. Machete Order (episodes 4, 5, 2, 3, and 6) does not include episode…

The Grand Budapest Hotel

I finally watched The Grand Budapest Hotel. Funny, charming, beautiful — I really enjoyed it. I appreciate its meticulousness, its attention to detail, its stubborn idiosyncrasy and dedication to its own timelessness. I can see nominating it for Best Picture. I can’t see awarding it…