What Happened Was…(Tom Noonan – 1994) A

It’s movies like this that make the annual Criterion Channel fee so worth it. I am not sure I ever would’ve heard of or seen this one anywhere else and it is a gem of a little film. Sure, it is just two people on a date, their first date, at the woman’s Manhattan apartment.Continue reading “What Happened Was…(Tom Noonan – 1994) A”

The Guest (Adam Wingard – 2014) B+

He shows up saying he was a friend of the family’s son, who was killed in Afghanistan. He’s not really lying about that but he he has a bit more baggage than your average soldier. Dan Stevens plays this soldier called David and he does an excellent job as a dry, robotic killing machine. There’sContinue reading “The Guest (Adam Wingard – 2014) B+”

Grilled Sous-Vide Tri-tip, Kale Salad, Double Baked Potatoes

Combining grilling over charcoal with sous-vide precision cooking is the ultimate best-of-both-worlds approach. This is especially true for cuts of beef that are a little tricky to get right like the tri-tip. It has an uneven shape and thickness, it can also come out tough or dry if not cooked and sliced right. In thisContinue reading “Grilled Sous-Vide Tri-tip, Kale Salad, Double Baked Potatoes”

Those Who Wish Me Dead (Taylor Sheridan – 2021) D+

I expected much more from Sheridan after Hell or High Water and Wind River. Two excellent movies. Instead we get a muddled, predictable, and shallow action movie. We have seen so many like this cliched premise and many have done it better. Kid in danger, Angelina Jolie is a Montana fire fighter who is dealingContinue reading “Those Who Wish Me Dead (Taylor Sheridan – 2021) D+”

There’s no “I” in Threesome (Jan Oliver Lucks – 2021) B+

Tough to tell how to judge this one. On the surface it is a documentary about a couple who decide to pursue polyamory as a sort of “letting loose” before they get married. They supposedly setup rules that they proceed to break. It’s a weird and complicated situation and the twist in the last 10Continue reading “There’s no “I” in Threesome (Jan Oliver Lucks – 2021) B+”

California Split (Robert Altman – 1974) A-

Of course I cannot help but compare and contrast this Altman film to Croupier that I posted about recently. I saw both very close after each other on the Criterion Channel and they both revolve around gambling and gamblers. Yet, they cannot be more different. Our two protagonists here are not cool or smooth orContinue reading “California Split (Robert Altman – 1974) A-“