5 Star Films Watched So Far

Not counting docs, these are the movies I’ve watched and rated 5 stars on Letterboxd this year! Fast Color (2018) I watched this one back in January and wrote at the time, “something about this year has made me a fount of blubbering emotion… I’m not sure if it’s the timing but Fast Color really […]

Scarecrow Video

There could not be a more impressive and wonderful video store than Scarecrow. I read they’ve collected about 120,000 titles but even a fat figure like that seems low when you see their mammoth, wide-ranging selection. I hate to think of this store ever closing so when the owners announced they were struggling, I started […]

Holly Jolly Horror Movies

Because nothing says Christmas quite like wintery murder movies! Here are the movies I watched over the weekend to get into the holiday spirit: Home for the Holidays (1972): It’s Christmas time and four estranged sisters reluctantly return home to visit their their father on his death bed. He tells them he is being poisoned […]

Return to Oz

I’m mere hours away from a midnight screening at the Landmark Egyptian Theater and I can’t wait! Return to Oz is maybe the darkest Disney movie ever and one of my personal favorites. Critics panned it (Siskel and Ebert called it one of the worst movies of 1985) but weird kids like myself continue to […]

Bluebeard

I LOVED this fairy tale as a child- I remember reading it and getting chills (my other favorite was the similarly dark “Robber Bridegroom”). Catherine Breillat’s re-interpretation has a nice frame tale of two sisters in the 1950s. They are reading the story aloud in the attic, picking on one another, and having adorable conversations […]

Dressed to Kill

Ah, the last from my Michael Caine marathon list. Angie Dickinson plays a doe-eyed desperate housewife. She is brutally murdered in an elevator after having casual sex with a stranger. The crime is witnessed by a high end prostitute named Liz (Nancy Allen) who catches the killer with the help of Peter (Angie’s science whiz […]

Michael Caine in Sleuth(s)

Sleuth, 1972 Milo Tindle (Michael Caine) is in love with Maguerite, wife of older, wealthy Andrew Wyke (Laurence Olivier). The two men meet at Andrew’s gaudy mansion (complete with hedge maze!) to discuss their situation. They end up playing a ‘game’ where they take turns humiliating and scaring the shit out of one another. This […]