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-“

Croupier (Mike Hodges – 1998) B+

Clive Owen plays Jack Manfred, we don’t know too much about his background but we learn glimpses of it in the course of the film. He must’ve been a gambler at some point although he does not gamble anymore, he sure knows how to deal cards and maybe his relationship with his father is notContinue reading “Croupier (Mike Hodges – 1998) B+”

Man Push Cart (Ramin Bahrani – 2005) A-

Ahmed is a Pakistani immigrant who we watch as he pulls his heavy cart in the busy streets of Manhattan at 3 AM every morning. He is a street vendor who sells coffee, bagels and such to New Yorkers everyday. Many of them seem to like him, they are regulars. He knows what how theyContinue reading “Man Push Cart (Ramin Bahrani – 2005) A-“

My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin – 2007) B+

My first ever exposure to “the mad poet of Manitoba” is this movie. Don’t know if it is the ideal entry point but I’m thinking pretty much any other of his stuff is gonna be equally as unideal (I saw some of his shorts also available on Criterion Channel and got that sense). I’ll admitContinue reading “My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin – 2007) B+”

Zack Snyder’s Justice League (Zack Snyder – 2021) B-

I was ready to hate it, but I don’t. Overall I actually liked this and was rarely bored. Is it a great movie that I needed to see or ever see again? No. It is overly long, has a bit too much slo-mo, some really dumb character moments, Superman portrayal kind of sucks and BatmanContinue reading “Zack Snyder’s Justice League (Zack Snyder – 2021) B-“

Burnt Eggplant Salad

We avoid burning things in most of cooking. It produces acrid, bitter and unpleasant textures. Yet, for some things, under certain circumstances “burnt” is good, very good. Heating sugar to just the point of smoking makes for amazing caramel. Those leopard dark spots on Neapolitan pizza give it a wonderful taste and texture. I doContinue reading “Burnt Eggplant Salad”