The Gambler (1974)

When asked how I feel about non-fiction–something that oddly happens more often now working in the field of IT than it ever did while working for five-and-a-half years in a bookstore–I always have the strange answer that my small shelves of non-fiction have a handful of charismatic scientists (Feynman, Sagan), tons of witty journalist Jon […]

Read More The Gambler (1974)

Get Out (2017)

In terms of essential premise walking in, Get Out is Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) is taking a road trip with his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) to meet her parents Dean (Bradley Whitford) and Missy (Catherine Keener). Chris’s friend Rod (Lil Rel Howery) questions the decision, and Chris himself is uneasy, as he tells […]

Read More Get Out (2017)

Le Grand Bleu [The Big Blue] (1988)

Luc Besson's name is most strongly associated with films he made in the 1990s, specifically Léon (known as The Professional in many non-snob American film circles) and The Fifth Element. To a lesser extent, there's also Nikita (aka La Femme Nikita) which spawned a lesser-known television series. Besson's name is attached to many projects, often […]

Read More Le Grand Bleu [The Big Blue] (1988)

Death Proof (2007)

My strange distaste for Quentin Tarantino is well-documented. It's strange, though, because there are not many of his films I actively dislike, and I tend to like him in interviews (and even in acting roles). Certainly his fans are often a big part of my distaste, many of them thinking entirely too much of the […]

Read More Death Proof (2007)

ゴジラ・モスラ・キングギドラ 大怪獣総攻撃 (Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidorâ: Daikaijû sôkôgeki) [Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah (…)] (2001)

Slowly I’m making my way through the Millennium/X series of Godzilla films, the only series completely available in Region 1 DVD releases. There are notable exceptions from both the Showa and Heisei series over here, unfortunately–well, notably absent, not necessarily notable films–nevermind the releases that fail to have original language tracks or original aspect ratios. […]

Read More ゴジラ・モスラ・キングギドラ 大怪獣総攻撃 (Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidorâ: Daikaijû sôkôgeki) [Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah (…)] (2001)

Good Morning, Vietnam (1988)

When I was younger, I’d rapidly develop ideas of which actors were funny. Unlike my modern approach to humour, I tended toward the familiar, and toward the bigger, easily recognized and omnipresent sorts of personalities I would inherit from my parents’ viewing. Of course, there was the filter of what I would watch at the […]

Read More Good Morning, Vietnam (1988)

The Game (1997)

Allegedly based on the real-life puzzle/treasure hunt that has been held annually for 36 years in San Francisco and Seattle, this film bears little resemblance to the descriptions I’ve read of those games. I grabbed it mostly because it was a David Fincher film, but also for a reason I prefer not to–shall we say–elucidate […]

Read More The Game (1997)

ゴジラvsメカゴジラ (Gojira Vs. Mekagojira) [Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla “II”] (1993)

For someone who has loved daikaiju as long as myself, it’s a bit embarrassing how recent most of my collection of the films is. I’m picky and specific, to be sure, but there are plenty of decent Godzilla and Gamera releases around, and still some I’ve yet to purchase. I’ve watched even fewer, and more […]

Read More ゴジラvsメカゴジラ (Gojira Vs. Mekagojira) [Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla “II”] (1993)