Sunday, July 25, 2021

The only law west of the Pecos


THE WESTERNER

1940
Directed by William Wyler
Written by Niven Busch, Jo Swerling, Stuart N. Lake, W.R. Burnett, Lillian Hellman, and Oliver La Farge

Spoiler alert: moderate

Friday, July 23, 2021

You love a fight your style, but I wonder if you've got the stomach for it, gentleman-style


THE BIG COUNTRY

1958
Directed by William Wyler
Written by James R. Webb, Sy Bartlett, and Robert Wilder (based on the novel Ambush at Blanco Canyon by Donald Hamilton)

Spoiler alert: dreams stay with you, like a lover's voice, 'cross the mountainside (okay, okay, moderate)

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Ready player none


SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY

2021
Written and directed by Al G. Rhythm

Spoiler alert: oh, Christ, don't let me ruin the labyrinthine twists and turns of Space Jam: A New Legacy for you

Monday, July 19, 2021

Monday, July 12, 2021

What a disaster: Fear of a bee planet


THE SWARM

1978
Directed by Irwin Allen
Written by Stirling Silliphant (based on the novel by Arthur Herzog)

Spoiler alert: moderate

Saturday, July 10, 2021

What a disaster: God and General Dynamics


GRAY LADY DOWN

1978
Directed by David Greene
Written by Frank P. Rosenberg, James Whittaker, and Howard Sackler (based on the novel by David Lavallee)

Spoiler alert: moderate

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Monday, July 5, 2021

Monday, June 28, 2021

What a disaster: All is fair on the fairground


ROLLERCOASTER

1977
Directed by James Goldstone
Written by Richard Levinson, William Link, Sanford Sheldon, and Tommy Cook

Spoiler alert: somewhere between moderate and high

Friday, June 25, 2021

What a disaster: In the event of a water landing


AIRPORT '77

1977
Directed by Jerry Jameson
Written by H.A.L. Craig, Charles Keunstle, Michael Scheff, and David Spector

Spoiler alert: moderate

Sunday, June 20, 2021

The shadow over Portorosso


LUCA

2021
Directed by Enrico Casarosa
Written by Jesse Andrews, Mike Jones, Simon Stephenson, and Enrico Casarosa

Spoiler alert: moderate

Monday, June 14, 2021

Take that, Guernica


IN THE HEIGHTS

2021
Directed by John M. Chu
Written by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda (based on their play)

Spoiler alert: moderate

Saturday, June 5, 2021

What a disaster: Lab leak hypothesis


THE CASSANDRA CROSSING

1977
Directed by George Pan Cosmatos
Written by Tom Mankiewicz, Robert Katz, and George Pan Cosmatos

Spoiler alert: moderate

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Listen, honey, being a Ziegfeld girl is swell, but at most it's only a few years out of a lifetime


ZIEGFELD GIRL

1941
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard
Written by William Anthony McGuire, Marguerite Roberts, Sonya Levien, and Annalee Whitmore

Spoiler alert: it's easier to predict the ending than in the actual Ziegfeld biopic, but I'll keep it to "moderate"

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Thank you Mr. Currier and thank you Mr. Ives


THE BELLE OF NEW YORK

1952
Directed by Charles Walters
Written by Chester Erskine, Robert O'Brien, and Irving Elinson (based on the play by Hugh Morton)

Spoiler alert: moderate

Monday, May 24, 2021

World war zzzzzz


ARMY OF THE DEAD

2021
Directed by Zack Snyder
Written by Shay Hatten, Joby Harold, and Zack Snyder

Spoiler alert: moderate

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Damn your pores!


OXYGEN
aka Oxygène

2021
Directed by Alexandre Aja
Written by Christie LeBlanc

Spoiler alert: moderate

Friday, May 14, 2021

20 years ago, we took over their land, their cotton, and their daughter


THE LITTLE FOXES

1941
Directed by William Wyler
Written by Lillian Hellman, Arthur Kober, Dorothy Parker, and Alan Campbell (based on the play by Lillian Hellman)

Spoiler alert: moderate

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Believe women, sure, but Bette Davis?


THE LETTER

1940
Directed by William Wyler
Written by Howard E. Koch (based on the play by W. Somerset Maugham)

Spoiler alert: moderate

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Maybe I love her most when she's her meanest


JEZEBEL

1938
Directed by William Wyler
Written by Clements Ripley, Abem Finkel, and John Huston (based on the play by Owen Davis)

Spoiler alert: moderate

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The love that dare not speak its name until halfway through the third act


THE CHILDREN'S HOUR

1961
Directed by William Wyler
Written by John Michael Hayes (based on the play by Lillian Hellman)

THESE THREE

1936
Directed by William Wyler
Written by Lillian Hellman (based on her play The Children's Hour)

Spoiler alert: moderate, maybe high

Sunday, May 2, 2021

I wouldn't want him if he were the last man on the campus


GOOD NEWS

1947
Directed by Charles Walters
Written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green (based on the play by Lew Brown, Laurence Schwab, Frank Mandel, Buddy G. DeSylva, and Ray Henderson)

Spoiler alert: mild

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The grim divorcee


EVERYTHING I HAVE IS YOURS

1952
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard
Written by George Wells and Ruth Brooks Flippen

Spoiler alert: I'd say moderate, some might say high

Monday, April 26, 2021

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Monday, April 12, 2021

Jun Fukuda, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you


GODZILLA VS. KONG

2021
Directed by Adam Wingard
Written by Eric Pearson, Max Borenstein, Terry Rossio, Michael Dougherty, and Zach Shields

Spoiler alert: moderate

Friday, April 9, 2021

Walt Disney, XLI: ...He doesn't even know how to fold a map


THE RESCUERS DOWN UNDER

1990
Directed by Hendel Butoy and Michael Gabriel
Written by Jim Cox, Karey Kirkpatrick, Byron Simpson, and Joe Ranft

Spoiler alert: high

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Walt Disney, part XL: CMYK: The Motion Picture


DICK TRACY

1990
Directed by Warren Beatty
Written by Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr., Bo Goldman, and Warren Beatty (based on the comic strips by Chester Gould)

Spoiler alert: moderate

Monday, March 29, 2021

Sunday, March 21, 2021

They told us our gods would outlive us, but they lied


JUSTICE LEAGUE
ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE

Directed by Zack Snyder
Written by Chris Terrio, Will Beall, and Zack Snyder

Spoiler alert: oh, N/A

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

What a disaster: Airport '37


THE HINDENBURG

1975
Directed by Robert Wise
Written by Nelson Gidding, Richard Levinson, and William Link (based on the novel by Michael M. Mooney)

Spoiler alert: moderate

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Dragon quest


RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON

2021
Directed by Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada
Written by Qui Nguyen, Adele Lim, and good God, so many others

Spoiler alert: moderate

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Princess Dragon Mom: The Early Years


PSYCHO GOREMAN
aka PG: Psycho Goreman

2020
Written and directed by Steven Kostanski

Spoiler alert: moderate

Sunday, February 14, 2021

It happens ev'ry time


GIVE A GIRL A BREAK

1953
Directed by Stanley Donen
Written by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, and Vera Caspary

Spoiler alert: moderate

Saturday, February 6, 2021

An American against Paris


FUNNY FACE

1957
Directed by Stanley Donen
Written by Leonard Gershe

Spoiler alert: high, but it'd be your fault if you were surprised

Thursday, January 28, 2021

I thought that you two were related


ROYAL WEDDING

1951
Directed by Stanley Donen
Written by Alan Jay Lerner

Spoiler alert: high, I guess, but also effectively inapplicable

Friday, January 22, 2021

Walt Disney, part XXXVIII: What's a fire, and why does it—what's the word—burn?


THE LITTLE MERMAID

1989
Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker
Written by Ron Clements, John Musker, and Howard Ashman (based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen)

Spoiler alert: well, she doesn't become a freaking air spirit

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Hannibal ante portas


JUPITER'S DARLING

1955
Directed by George Sidney
Written by Dorothy Kingsley (based on the play The Road to Rome by Robert Sherwood)

Spoiler alert: unless you're somehow surprised to learn that Rome won the Second Punic War, actually quite mild

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

I love you, let us be friends


ATHENA

1954
Directed by Richard Thorpe
Written by Leo Pogostin, Charles Walters, Esther Williams, William Ludwig, and Leonard Spigelgass

Spoiler alert: moderate

Monday, January 11, 2021

All I ask is just one more chance—just one more dance?


LOVELY TO LOOK AT

1952
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy and Vincente Minelli
Written by George Wells and Harry Ruby (based on the musical play Roberta by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach based on the novel Gowns by Roberta by Alice Deur Miller)

Spoiler alert: moderate