31. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. I wonder if John Huston had any idea how much of a classic his directorial debut would be? The Maltese Falcon stars Humphrey Bogart as Private Investigator Sam Spade, Mary Astor as the femme fatale Brigid O’Shaughnessy, Gladys George as Iva Archer, Peter … Continue reading 31. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

32. The Godfather Part II (1974)

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate. Many have argued that The Godfather Part II is better than The Godfather, but I think that Part II helps us to have a better appreciation for the first film. The Godfather Part II follows both a young Vito Corleone, … Continue reading 32. The Godfather Part II (1974)

I Care A Lot. (2021)

Writer/Director J Blakeson had a vision with this film and, damnit, if he didn’t nail it. I Care A Lot stars Rosamund Pike as Marla Grayson, a grifting legal guardian whose con is now in jeopardy, as she’s taken advantage of the wrong person. Along with Pike, I Care A Lot also stars Peter Dinklage as Roman Lunyov, Eiza Gonzalez as Fran, Dianne Wiest as Jennifer Peterson, and … Continue reading I Care A Lot. (2021)

Saint Maud (2021)

Anytime that I see that A24 has anything to do with a film, I automatically have high expectations, especially when it comes to horror films. Saint Maud is the most recent horror film in the companies distribution lineup, and has finally become available to watch, after it’s opening schedule in the United States was affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. My expectations were met with Saint Maud, … Continue reading Saint Maud (2021)

Nomadland (2020): A Visually Beautiful Rehashing of a Very Familiar Narrative

Upon the first viewing, it is easy to see why Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland has garnered accolades and award season buzz. The film checks nearly every box. And, although I enjoyed my viewing of the film, it did not have the profound effect on me that I have come to expect from these kinds of movies. But, that’s not to say that it isn’t a good film. … Continue reading Nomadland (2020): A Visually Beautiful Rehashing of a Very Familiar Narrative

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021)

Honestly, if you want to watch a film that will make you laugh and is just plain silly and ridiculous, then see this film. Written by and starring both Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is simply a film about two friends from Nebraska who go to Vista Del Mar, Florida for a vacation after losing their jobs. They … Continue reading Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021)

A Love Letter to Scooby-Doo (2002)

It’s about time that this film, the live action Scooby-Doo got the recognition that it deserves. From start to finish, this film is perfection. Let’s begin with the casting, shall we? There is not a more perfectly casted film ever in the history of cinema. Not only did they nail it with the looks of each character, but each actor really sold their performance. They were believable … Continue reading A Love Letter to Scooby-Doo (2002)

One Night in Miami (2020)

Regina King came out guns blazing with her directorial debut, One Night in Miami, based on the play by the same name. Written by Kemp Powers (who also wrote the stage play), One Night in Miami follows a fictitious meeting between Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Muhammed Ali (Eli Goree), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.), and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge) on the night of February 25, 1964, … Continue reading One Night in Miami (2020)