Vernon, Florida (1981)

I’ve had a stack of DVDs collecting dust for nigh on a decade now, some of which have finally seen the light of day as I falteringly revisit my movie-reviewing past. Some I discovered the Criterion Collection had actually acquired the rights to and released themselves. This past August, I took most of those titles–many […]

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Topsy-Turvy (1999)

I actually started watching this film close to a month ago, but got distracted–then, after a month of working weekends and a determination to read myself back up to and then through Jo Nesbø’s Snømannen (aka The Snowman) prior to the theatrical adaptation’s release in a week,¹ I finally returned to it. It had already taken me somewhat […]

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“Talk about dull, Daniel.”

Hi. This is not a review. I’m not sure I could review Transformers: the Movie. What this is, somewhat curiously, is almost about why I can’t do that. I’ve been reluctant for similar reasons before,¹ there’s probably nothing on this Earth (or, presumably, any other) that can hold a candle to this movie. I attended a screening earlier […]

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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

I was intrigued, in principal, by this movie. I’ve had an affection for daikaiju for as long as I can remember (the number of stories related to this that actually have some relevance to my life is surprising, to be sure). The idea of a much larger Kong–simultaneously hinting at the already pre-production rumours of Legendary […]

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Death Note (2017)

I’ve always had a funny relationship with anime and manga. Early on, there was a suggestion that it was tripe, and it was early enough that I nodded and took it as true. Then, I picked up my first issue of Fangoria–#145. It had articles on the live adaptations of Fist of the North Star and Crying Freeman. […]

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Barefoot in the Park (1967)

I’m prone to anachronism of taste, this is nothing like a secret. Despite being born midway through them, my affection for the 1980s (both in music and in film, even as I delve deeper into the recesses, corners, nooks, crannies, and antechambers of each) is well-known. That’s not too far off, though: I was at […]

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Arrival (2016)

The notion of a film about communicating with aliens–though we’ve at least had Contact–intrigued me distinctly. The idea came through in the trailers for certain, and I considered watching it theatrically a number of times, but felt that, as large a movie as it was, the spark of the unusual wasn’t strong enough to pull me […]

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Colossal (2016)

I actually intended to see this one theatrically and I just never got around to it. The premise and the trailer itself seemed interesting enough, and it was getting pretty solid reviews. The director’s name (Nacho Vigalondo) sounded terribly familiar, but I couldn’t place it. I still can’t, and looking up his credits, I’m really […]

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