Coen Brothers #3: Miller's Crossing (1990)

Fun enough to watch and completely, totally forgettable. I saw it a few months ago, and all I can say is that there was an Irish guy, about five minutes of Steve Buscemi, and some crime.



Coen Brothers #2: Raising Arizona (1987)

The first Coen comedy. A 90-minute redneck joke is a bit much, but the actors play their roles with so much conviction, it's impossible not to love their characters.

Holly Hunter is always good but is never in good movies, so this is the closest we can get to seeing her with the career she should have had.



Coen Brothers #1: Blood Simple (1984)

The Coens got off to a really good start with this one. Honestly, I think the only person whose thrillers are close to as intense as the Coen brothers' is Scorsese. Anyway, if you like scary movies and you haven't seen this, go watch it now.



MCU #2: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

In spite of supposedly hating filming this, Edward Norton delivers a pretty good performance. It's an enjoyable film, until the big final sequence, where it segues into a generic superhero climax that doesn't fit the story or the character.


Of the 20 MCU films out right now, this is the only one that seems to have been completely, totally forgotten. It's like it's vanished from the face of the universe. Not coincidentally, this is the only phase one movie to have gone with a typical action film director, instead of a weird, risky unusual choice.



Live And Let Die (1973)


This has my vote for worst James Bond movie. Even a campy movie like Moonraker has its charms and some good action sequences.


James Bond is completely out-of-place in a blaxploitation film. Roger Moore is bland and obnoxious; he was never the best Bond, but he's a lot more watchable in any other Bond film. Every scene is flat and tiresome and misses the mark. In the dramatic climax, the main villain gets blown up like a balloon (pictured).


In the very last scene, we find out that the moral of the story is that Voodoo is real, even though Voodoo was pretty tangential to the plot. It's like if Godfather ended with Michael turning to the camera and saying, "I guess what we've all learned in these last few months is that oranges are delicious".



John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

I thought there wasn't much reason to have a John Wick sequel, but this turned out to be an Empire Strikes Back-level followup. The plot is excellent and the performances are outstanding. It's more stylized than the first, sometimes to the point of being extremely beautiful. Both of these movies have been extraordinary, and this is shaping up to be the trilogy of the decade.



Filth (2013)

A boring checklist of edgy things you've seen a million times.



Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

I sat down planning to write a good review, except now I'm remembering John Hughes' other movies. It's hard to sympathize with the cheesy sentimentality of someone who publicly mocked visible minorities and whose heroes sexually molest teenage girls.

Let's just pretend John Hughes never existed. Want a 80s road comedy? Midnight Run is a hundred times funnier, has just as cheesy an ending, and doesn't leave such a bad taste in my mouth.



Captain Fantastic (2016)

I don't expect movies to be realistic, but this was just too implausible. Surviving off hunting and gathering is highly-skilled, full-time work. Giving a group of kids a world-class education is highly-skilled, full-time work. I'm supposed to get angry at the characters who don't support him, but if an athletic handsome genius white male polymath with well-sculpted muscles, an encyclopedic knowledge survival skills, and an encyclopedic knowledge of the liberal arts came up with an impeccable, perfect pedagogical method in real life, I doubt it would be such an uphill battle for him.