Mank (David Fincher – 2020) B-

The best thing about Mank is that it made me re-watch Citizen Kane. As well-made and charming this film is I did not think it came together very well. It’s got great performances, excellent set pieces here and there and really good dialogue. Yet, it left me a bit cold. The parts were really muchContinue reading “Mank (David Fincher – 2020) B-“

Citizen Kane (Orson Welles – 1941) A+

I went back to see this -first time I had seen it was maybe 15 years ago- before I watched David Fincher’s Mank. I did not expect to be so entertained and amazed by how fantastic this film truly is. It deserves every accolade it receives for how ahead of its time it is, true,Continue reading “Citizen Kane (Orson Welles – 1941) A+”

Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino – 2018) A-

Excellent horror. Not too often I say that, but this one delivers on weirdness, creepiness and style. It does not shy away from horrific imagery while still not a gore fest or exploitative. Guadagnino is really a master and I have loved all films he’s made. The pacing of his movies is always deliberate andContinue reading “Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino – 2018) A-“

Steak Cooked Directly on the Coals

This method is primitive, technology free, counter-intuitive and yet produces an amazing hunk of beef. It is also just so elemental and fun to get a piece of meat and throw it on hot coals. I have no idea if that’s how our ancestors cooked their Aurochs beef steak but I’d like to imagine theyContinue reading “Steak Cooked Directly on the Coals”

The Secret of the Grain (Abdellatif Kechiche – 2007) B+

To say Sleiman is subtle, quiet and understated is and understatement. I do not think he smiled or raised his voice in the entire movie. He has been working in shipyards in southern France for the last 30 years, has just been laid off. He lives in a room over a cafe and he sleepsContinue reading “The Secret of the Grain (Abdellatif Kechiche – 2007) B+”

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (Martin Ritt – 1965) B+

Holds up very well and the black and white suits this dark spy thriller perfectly. Richard Burton delivers and excellent performance as British Agent Alec Leamas who is deep undercover in East Berlin during the cold war. Like pretty much all of John Le Carre spy stories this is about process, look and feel andContinue reading “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (Martin Ritt – 1965) B+”

La La Land (Damien Chazelle – 2016) B+

This is was wonderful film. I was hugely skeptical of the “musical” connotations but it really is not a traditional musical. By and large it is a well-made romantic movie about music, jazz, Hollywood, our dreams and the choices we make. There are a few songs here and there but the music of the filmContinue reading “La La Land (Damien Chazelle – 2016) B+”