Month: December 2017


Top Movies of 2017

I love top ten lists, but sometimes I struggle with them. Sometimes films don’t align themselves as well or as comfortably as I’d like. There were many great films that I liked. Many were sad,Read Full Review


Phantom Thread ★★★★

The merging of Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson felt prophetic when it happened ten years ago – with the masterful There Will Be Blood – and together they made one of the most influential American filmsRead Full Review


I, Tonya ★½

Let’s start off with what works: Margot Robbie and Allison Janney are both superb. Robbie, the Australian beauty strips down her looks to play rough-around-the-edges figure skater Tonya Harding. Janney, a seasoned veteran in anyRead Full Review


Wonder Wheel ★★

Woody Allen has been short on things to say for a while now. Even his hits, like Blue Jasmine, are recycled territory buoyed by a great lead performance. This is about where Wonder Wheel resides, a bloatedRead Full Review


The Shape of Water ★★★

The way in which Guillermo del Toro views his cinematic worlds is always fascinating, always captivating, even in movies as flat as Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak. It really is up to del Toro and his capacityRead Full Review


The Disaster Artist ★★★

I can’t speak to the artistic competence of Tommy Wiseau. I’ve never seen The Room and frankly, I don’t plan to. As for James Franco, I’d say that as a director he’s done very little toRead Full Review


Loveless ★

Loveless is the kind of feel-bad drama that gives you no release. It focuses on a crumbling marriage that is in such bad shape that not even the well-being of their twelve-year-old son can bringRead Full Review


Call Me By Your Name ★★★★

The pairing of James Ivory and Luca Guadagnino is not one I would have thought of myself. The two storytellers examine passion in such different ways. Guadagnino loves to mix in eroticism, he has a keenRead Full Review


Coco ★★★

Pixar is a genre onto itself, separate even from the rest of Disney’s animation enterprise. Their scripts are structural masterpieces, attune to the souls of children and adults alike. They’re the most consistently successful HollywoodRead Full Review