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  • The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man

    The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man

    ★★★★

    For someone who is not already a big Bill Murray fan, this will probably seem like a perplexing hagiography. For Murray acolytes, it's an interesting backdoor approach to making a documentary about the actor and his career. Ultimately, it's an intelligent, thoughtful, insightful, and well-made film. The ending is a bit anti-climatic but feels appropriate.

    I will say this: If Bill Murray was really as cool as he's depicted here, he'd watch this film, contact the writer/director himself, and then fully participate in a sequel. I'd wager that Bill Murray has a few good Bill Murray stories of his own.

  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

    Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

    ★★★½

    "Jim & Andy" felt overlong and repetitive, so I think a few edits would have made this a better film and easier to watch. I'm an actor, so far be it from me to judge someone else's acting process. If Jim Carrey needed this indulgence to help him stay in character between takes in order to achieve his "Man On The Moon" performance, who am I to say that it was wrong?

    But I couldn't shake the feeling that the "behind…

  • The Founder

    The Founder

    ★★★★

    Sometimes a little overly emotionally manipulative, but overall it was still a solid, interesting story of business and ambition. There's a lot to think about. I can see both Kroc's side and the McDonald brothers' side as well. I've always been a fan of Michael Keaton, and I enjoyed his performance here.

    ***addendum***

    I read a lot of reviews of "The Founder" here on Letterboxd after writing my own last night, and I felt the need to add some more…

  • The Autopsy of Jane Doe

    The Autopsy of Jane Doe

    ★★★½

    A harmless little low budget tale that almost wears out its welcome early due to a bunch of cheap little jump scares, but it's different and there's a few decent ideas mixed in here and there.

    Some parts were a little confusing. I sense that there was a LOT of effort by the screenwriter to allow for non-supernatural explanations for these events, but somewhere along the way cracks emerged in that particular approach. It was probably due to the demands…

  • Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    ★★★

    I would have easily ranked it a star higher were it not for the annoying shakycam after effect put on practically every single shot. It was an incredible relief when the film temporarily dropped the constant bobbing and swaying of the camera near the end, but I'd be lying if I said this effect wasn't distracting and aggravating as hell.

    I watched this film with a friend who watches a lot of "Law & Order", so they didn't even notice the…

  • A Futile and Stupid Gesture

    A Futile and Stupid Gesture

    ★★★½

    I'm old enough to have purchased National Lampoon in the '80's and '90's and still have a decent-sized collection of magazines, as well as the book this film is based on. For those who don't know, the Lampoon was a major force in the shaping of modern American comedy in the early 1970's because so much of the comic sensibility and talent from the Lampoon went on to influence the creation of "Saturday Night Live."

    Overall, this adaptation of "A…

  • Train to Busan

    Train to Busan

    ★★★★★

    I thought "Train to Busan" was extraordinary. I can't praise it enough. It's the best zombie movie I've ever seen by a long mile. For those who would study zombie movies as cinema, I would think it ranks with "Night Of The Living Dead" and "Dawn Of The Dead." I love "Day Of The Dead" despite and because of its cheesy faults, but that kind of ironic appreciation is not needed here. This movie isn't cheesy. I found it practically…

  • Gerald's Game

    Gerald's Game

    ★½

    It was uneven but okay up until Imaginary Gerald rose from the dead and started yammering away, and then "Gerald's Game" took a sharp nosedive for me. It often felt more like a theatrical play than a movie, and not in a good way. More like in a talky and overly-pretentious manner.

    "Gerald's Game" an unpleasant little tale that struggles to justify its existence with themes of parental sexual abuse and searching for self-worth. But in reality it's a simple,…

  • Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

    Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

    ★★★½

    Hedy Lamarr led an interesting life. This documentary is mostly about her cinematic career, her family, and her personal life, but there's a significant amount of attention to her work as a scientist as well. Worth a watch if you have any interest in classic Hollywood, World War II, or science.

  • Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much

    Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much

    ★★★½

    For those unfamiliar with the TV game show "The Price Is Right", this would probably be a bore. But for those who grew up with the show, it's an interesting, light little documentary with a bit of an unexpected ending. Former host Bob Barker has aged horribly, but seems to be in good health and good spirits, and it's heartwarming to know that he truly enjoyed his job.

  • Before I Wake

    Before I Wake

    ★★★★

    I liked it a lot, especially the strong ending. A thoughtful horror movie that isn't afraid to explore delicate feelings of love and loss. Mike Flanagan has become one of my favorite writer/directors.

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    tl;dr - I enjoyed the acting, the actors, and the romantic atmosphere, the background story not so much.

    "If Beale Street Could Talk" opens with the following text from the novel of the same name by author James Baldwin:

    "Beale Street is a street in New Orleans, where my father, where Louis Armstrong and the jazz were born. Every black person born in America was born on Beale Street, born in the back neighborhood of some American city, whether in…