Tiger Eyes (2012)
Judy Blume was the shit when I was in grade 4 and 5. I read everything, so I was pretty excited when I heard that Tiger Eyes is the first Judy Blume novel made into a movie. The book came out in 1981 fer crissakes. The good, is that the cinematography looks like the cover of the book that I remember, lots of glowing New Mexico skies at golden hour. The rest though, is pretty precious and thin. Still, are you there god? I’d like more Judy Blume movies. Thanks.
Teddy’s Gray’s Sweet Factory Film
An utterly charming 20 minute documentary about an old fashioned sweets factory in Midlands. Absolutely beautiful!
Holy Motors (2012)
A surreal and bizarre film with some striking visuals, an enjoyable accordion intermission, a couple of Sparks songs and a small homage to Les Yeux Sans Visage, but man, so not my bag.
Short Term 12 (2013)
A small, quiet indie film about life in a group home. It verges a bit into melodrama, but it’s a nice enough movie, but it didn’t grab me like I thought it would. Oh well.
Violet & Daisy (2011)
Two sexy teenage lollipop-sucking hired killers. It’s shiny, glossy and totally awful.
As a late bloomer, I’m all in when it comes to anything teenage, but this documentary about the early history of the modern adolescent is pretty dullsville.
The Misfits (1961) dir. John Huston
This is a pretty brutal and strange film. So many scenes felt dangerous and sad against the gorgeous black and white cinematography. It’s about as dusty and weird as the Reno desert, I guess.
They Came Together (2014) dir. David Wain
This is a goofy, cheese-ball and eye-rolling spoof of rom-coms directed by David Wain (who I love SO FUCKING MUCH for his silliness - if you haven’t watched his old web series Wainy Days you are missing so much) starring Paul Rudd (who I love SO FUCKING MUCH for his cuteness & hilariousness) and Amy Pohler (who I love SO FUCKING MUCH for her feminism & general awesomeness). There’s a lot of funny here, but there is also over-the-top silliness and a whole lotta dumbness (a la Airplane movies) that I know in my guts that this movie is kinda sorta bad but at the same time it’s also genuinely likable. You might hate it, but I jumped over the fence and can see its goodness.
Jodorowsky’s Dune (2014)
This is such a fantastic film and Jodorowsky is as charming as El Topo and Holy Mountain are oddball visionary masterpieces. Even the animated sequences that usually seem like a tired gimmick are here used to great effect. Full of life, dreams, ambition and passion. Inspiring.
Thief (1981) dir. Michael Mann
Style heaped on top of style topped with some crazy, bad dialogue and some gems of the crazy good variety too. The Tangerine Dream soundtrack is the icing on this vibrant neon cake. Enjoyable.
Tim’s Vermeer (2013) dir. Penn & Teller
This film is nothing more than a trick. Interesting only in the mechanics it reveals (and the technique is definitely fascinating), this documentary probably would have worked better as a 30 minute tv segment.
Foreign Correspondent (1940) dir. Alfred Hitchcock
A fun spy thriller packed to the gills with master sets, incredible stunts and cool shots (a scene involving a killer disappearing under a sea of umbrellas is particularly nice). A little heavy on the propaganda, but light and entertaining too!
The Nomi Song (2004)
A clever and well put together documentary about Klaus Nomi and the New York new wave scene of the late 70s & early 80s. Compelling.
Grand Budapest Hotel (2013) dir. Wes Anderson
I watched this expecting to hate it, but, I was charmed like a kid in a candy store. Sure, the set design is oh so perfect, everything is so meticulously framed and confectionary colours abound, but it tells a good story too. A fun little cunning caper wrapped in pink tissue paper is fine by me.
The Crash Reel (2013)
I like sports documentaries and this one gave me all the feelings. The first part of the film deals with Kevin Pearce’s rise in the world of snowboarding and the second half about his rehabilitation and family life after a serious crash that left him with a serious brain injury. It’s a fascinating and moving story.