Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Elephant Man | Death to 2020 | The Incredible Shrinking Man | Sylvie’s Love | Ocean’s Eleven

I was lucky with the movies I chose to watch over the last couple of weeks. For the most part, they were exceptional. A The Elephant Man (1980) David Lynch makes full use of his first Hollywood-sized budget. Shot in beautiful black and white scope, the sounds and images take you into Victorian London with … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Elephant Man | Death to 2020 | The Incredible Shrinking Man | Sylvie’s Love | Ocean’s Eleven

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Prom, David Byrne, Ma Rainey, & 40-Year-Old Version

If this wasn't for the pandemic, I'd be in theaters watching the last (and often the best) movies of the year. But instead, I've been streaming new movies available mostly on Netflix. (The exception is on HBO). By the way, all four films are about music, theater, or musical theater. A The Prom (2020), Netflix … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Prom, David Byrne, Ma Rainey, & 40-Year-Old Version

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: I’m No Angel, Bad Santa, Mank, & Black Peter

My most recent selection of random movies have no masterpieces. But they don't have any stinkers either. Three out of the four get Bs, and the best only gets a B+ B+ I'm No Angel (1933) In what I believe is probably Mae West's best movie (I haven't seen them all), she deals with carnies, … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: I’m No Angel, Bad Santa, Mank, & Black Peter

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: In the Heat of the Night, Shampoo, The Great Train Robbery, & a lot more

I've recently been revisiting movies I liked long ago, which is probably why I'm giving so many good grades out this time around. But there's a real stinker in the collection, as well. A- In the Heat of the Night (1967) The Best Picture winner of 1967 is one really good noir. You already know … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: In the Heat of the Night, Shampoo, The Great Train Robbery, & a lot more

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Glory, Daughters of the Dust, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, & The Angel Levine

Here are three movies I've seen for the first time, plus one I'd seen long ago and had the pleasure of getting reacquainted with again. Interestingly, and not intentionally, all of the films deal with racism or the African-American experience. A Glory (1989) A tremendously effective blend of history and fiction, Glory was one of … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Glory, Daughters of the Dust, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, & The Angel Levine

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Stranger, The Wicker Man, Angel, & Dementia 13

Considering that it's October, we have two horror movies, along with something noir. But if you want to smile, there's a Lubitsch in here, too. B+ The Stranger (1946)Orson Welles' third film is a conventional anti-Nazi noir (no deep focus photography), but a very good one. Edward G. Robinson plays the hero for a change, as … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Stranger, The Wicker Man, Angel, & Dementia 13

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Marshall, The Love Parade, Bombshell, Critical Thinking

Four more movies I've seen for the first time - and nobody asked me to review them. There's not much range in quality this time; the movies go from B+ to B. Three of the films are based on actual events. The fourth couldn't possibly happen in the real world. B+ Marshall (2017) The late … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Marshall, The Love Parade, Bombshell, Critical Thinking

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: 5,000 Fingers, Uncut Gems, Certified Copy, School Daze, & A Pickle

An evil music teacher, precious stones, a complicated relationship, and life in college. Here are five films I've seen recently. A The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953) It's been decades since I revisited the strangest children's fantasy movie made by a major Hollywood studio. But Fingers is more than that. It's hilarious, bizarre, crazy, … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: 5,000 Fingers, Uncut Gems, Certified Copy, School Daze, & A Pickle

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Star Trek, Yes God Yes, Rocketman, & Niki and Flo

When I started these Movies I've Recently Seen articles, I listed how I saw each movie. The idea is that watching a movie at the Castro was very different from watching it on TV by yourself. But with all the theaters closed, it doesn't really matter if I saw it on Vudu or the Criterion … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Star Trek, Yes God Yes, Rocketman, & Niki and Flo

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Frozen, Spite Marriage, & Rancho Notorious

Did you sign up for Disney+ to watch Hamilton? I did and I loved it. I'd seen the play live a few months ago, but I liked it much better on the screen, where I could watch the facial expressions and read the closed captions. The question is: Will I continue with Disney+. Anyway, here … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Frozen, Spite Marriage, & Rancho Notorious