The Wailing

There it was on Netflix, with a quite positive rating, and there I was, wanting to watch something semi-decent, and a little South Korean horror sounded just fine. And this was fine, only quite long and without much of an immediate payoff. Oh, and no wailing that I recall. Perhaps they meant psychological wailing, or…

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Personal Shopper

In my mind, there is now a category of films called “French films that are meandering and don’t leave you with any immediate payoff, but are resonant and make an emotional impression that lingers for days,” and this is one of those films. And, by now, I’ll see anything by Olivier Assayas. In this one,…

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

So it’s Ghost in the Shell. I have never seen the anime film or read the books. I have nothing to say about the “whitewashing” controversy except that, story wrinkle aside [our heroine was a Japanese woman put in the body of Scarlett Johansson], this is conspicuously a Japanese entertainment made with a white lead.…

The Visitor

My oldest pen pal from this site wrote to inform me of this, saying it would be right up my alley—and oh, how it was. This is what’s been missing from my life, these kind of enchanting, “What am I watching?” completely inexplicable relics from when life was simpler [i.e. the 70s/80s] and movies could…

Life

Well, they’re still making Alien rip-offs, and I’m still going to see them. I was rather unduly excited about this one, although it ostensibly had little to recommend it and looked completely average from its generic title on down. And then there’s those mediocre reviews. But sometimes when something is an entry in a very…

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

I remember being shocked that there was a nostalgia for 90s music. Like, how could there be? All that music was so horrible. But, that was from an era after I stopped following pop music, while I grew up with 70s and 80s music, and think that 80s and of course 70s music is absolutely…

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

So on a lark I picked up the book “The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood” by Howard Pyle, and to my surprise, am quite enjoying it. It is subtly hilarious, very British, really hits on the “helping the poor” issue, and is just a whole lot of fun. The relationship between Robin and the Sheriff…