Kumare (Review)

I saw (most of) Kumare today. It’s a 2011 documentary about an Indian-American who resents his strict Hindu upbringing, because he thinks it’s bullshit, and so is kind of exasperated that so many Americans seem to take Indian yoga gurus so seriously. A trip to India convinces him that native Indian gurus are just as…

Star Wars no es Una

In the mid-1990s, one of those deep-dial networks – I wanna say it was USA? – used to play the Star Wars Trilogy (back then that’s all there was) one per night around holidays. I believe it was around Christmas, but it might’ve been Thanksgiving or even both. My roomates and I and other people…

Bond out of Time

Roger Moore recently died. It’s bad form to speak ill of the recent dead (unless they’re genuine monsters, of course), so I should stress that none of this is an attack on Roger Moore’s character. But I really didn’t like him as James Bond. The movies he was in, with one notable exception (1981’s For…

Deathtrap (Review)

Deathtrap is the kind of movie you should see only once. That’s because it’s fun only once. It’s one of the better – certainly not the best – exemplar of a peculiar genre of stage-play-made-movie popular in the 1970s and first half of the 1980s. I don’t know if there’s a name for this genre,…

The Force Awakens (Review)

The Ironic Article Title of the year award goes to David Roberts writing an article called Critics are going too easy on Star Wars: The Force Awakens in which he goes entirely too easy on Force Awakens. Hell, he even comes back to revise his already excessively high grade upward just because some whiny fans…

It Follows (Review)

Trolling around the internet, I didn’t find many negative opinions about It Follows. It’s notable that the two I did both had the same complaint: it can’t stick to its own rules. That’s what I was fixated on too while watching it: the rules – what they were, and whether they worked. Those reviews, by…

Spetters (Review)

Spoilers throughout. Spetters is a film by Paul Verhoeven, so you know it’s nasty, brutish and long. In this case, it’s also a kind of response to Saturday Night Fever, for what that’s worth. We have a gang of directionless, ethnically-identified youth who are nominally friends but the bonds don’t seem to run very deep,…

The Changeling – 1980 (Review)

If you were writing a manor ghost story set in America, where would you put the house? Connecticut? New York? Savannah? New Orleans? Everyone will have his own list, of course, but Seattle is at the top of none of them. It’s just not the sort of place you think of for a manor ghost…

Nightcrawler (Review)

There are those movies which lean on the performance of their iconic lead. Then there are those movies that are trying to be one of the movies that leans on the performance of its iconic lead. Nightcrawler is thoroughly and obviously in the latter category. It’s not that the lead is bad. He’s not. Jake…