The Fall of the House of Usher 7/06/22
Sometimes when you're watching a movie from the 20s, there's a scene that's framed kind of flat, or a performance that just doesn't work, and you think "Well, yeah, the early days of film and they were still figuring things out."
The Burning 7/05/22
It feels like the movie trying to connect the dots in terms of why we linger on the bodies and killings of some of the female characters, and I didn't totally buy it.
The Black Phone 7/04/22
The scenes where Finn talks to the previous murder victims are staged in different ways, and for the most part they work pretty well.
A touch that I loved in the film was the way that Daigo always looked at the photographs of the deceased people.
Again, the film seems to switch effortlessly between moments that almost feel documentary---like a stop at the border---to moments that are unabashedly cinematic.
The Dry 7/02/22
I always have such mixed feelings when a novel I like is adapted to film.
When the film gets to its final act, it really doesn't know what to do with itself, and ends up with sort of a King Kong/Frankenstein mish-mash.
The Way, Way Back 6/30/22
Likewise, in a film where we're asked to appreciate the nuances of child mistreatment, the character of the perpetually sloshed neighbor (Allison Janney) who mocks her own young child with a lazy eye feels wrong.
Manos: The Hands of Fate 6/28/22
One element that makes bagging on the film a little less fun is knowing that Reynolds died of suicide after completing the film (not necessarily connected, but still .