KING KONG and GODZILLA

KING KONG (1933) & GODZILLA (1954)

On a new episode of the podcast, we witness a clash of the titans, as The Unenthusiastic Critic meets two timeless movie stars for the very first time.

THE RULES OF THE GAME (1939)

THE RULES OF THE GAME (1939)

As my Independent Study in World Cinema continues, I dive deep into Jean Renoir's tragicomic critique of French society on the eve of the Second World War.

Callum Scott Howells in IT'S A SIN

WEEK 10: PANDEMIC WALLFLOWER

In a belated new edition of the blog/newsletter, I share some thoughts on hitting the pandemic wall, as well as quick takes on It's a Sin, Allen v. Farrow, For All Mankind, Minari, Nomadland, and other stuff.

OTHER RECENT POSTS

Ser Brienne of Tarth in GoT 8x02 - A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
GAME OF THRONES

GAME OF THRONES 8×02: "A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS"

"A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" is Game of Thrones at its absolute best. It is a last chance to remember—before all hell breaks loose—that this show was always about people, not special effects.

Jon and Daenerys in Game of Thrones 8x01 - Winterfell
GAME OF THRONES

GAME OF THRONES 8×01: "WINTERFELL"

"Winterfell" feels a little too much like a box-checking prologue to the final season of Game of Thrones, not the exciting opening chapter.

Live and Let Die (1973)
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LIVE AND LET DIE (1973)

Last year, the Unenthusiastic Critic met Sean Connery's James Bond. Now, she's ready for Moore.

Albert Brooks in REAL LIFE (1979)
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REAL LIFE (1979)

We're celebrating the 40th anniversary of Albert Brooks' seminal, and absurdly prescient, comedy.

Lupita Nyong'o in US (2019)
FILM REVIEWS

US (2019)

Jordan Peele's triumphant sophomore effort is a smart and terrifying cinematic ordeal, and a disturbingly dark mirror held up to America.

Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze in POINT BREAK (1991)
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POINT BREAK (1991)

Surfing? Bank robbery? Homoerotic bromance? We've found a film The Unenthusiastic Critic can be enthusiastic about.

Julianne Moore in GLORIA BELL
FILM REVIEWS

GLORIA BELL (2019)

The race for the Best Actress Oscar begins here, with Julianne Moore's remarkable portrayal of an unremarkable woman.

Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne in THE QUIET MAN
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THE QUIET MAN (1952)

For St. Patrick's Day, we're heading back to the Emerald Isle with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara for some John Ford paddywhackery.

Zelda Harris in CROOKLYN
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CROOKLYN (1994)

We're switching seats this week, and The Unenthusiastic Critic is picking the movie: Spike Lee's semi-autobiographic joint Crooklyn.

Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder in STIR CRAZY
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STIR CRAZY (1980)

That's right, we bad, we bad…and so, to be honest, is STIR CRAZY.

Sidney Poitier, Warren Oates, and Rod Steiger in IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)
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IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)

They call him MISTER Tibbs: we're celebrating Black History Month with one of Sidney Poitier's greatest performances.

Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Paul Sorvino, and Joe Pesci in GOODFELLAS
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GOODFELLAS (1990)

Damn it feels good to be a gangster, as The Unenthusiastic Critic enjoys her first viewing of Martin Scorsese's classic mob movie. Plus: Oscar talk!

Joanna Kulig in Cold War
FILM REVIEWS

COLD WAR (2018)

Rapturous and resonant, Pawel Pawlikowski's new film is a deceptively simple cinematic masterpiece.

Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter in BROADCAST NEWS (1987)
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BROADCAST NEWS (1987)

This week we're discussing all the news that's fit to podcast (and some that isn't).

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
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SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is an avowed hater of musicals, but can even her cold heart resist the infectious charms of the most beloved musical of all time?

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THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (1972)

For New Year's Eve, we're rockin' the boat with Master of Disaster Irwin Allen and a star-studded, ultimately disposable cast.

KiKi Layne and Stephan James in If Beale Street Could Talk
FILM REVIEWS

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK (2018)

Lush, lyrical, and deeply romantic, Barry Jenkins celebrates the sustaining beauty in one of James Baldwin's darkest stories.

gremlins
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GREMLINS (1984)

In which we learn the true meaning of Christmas (and never to feed The Unenthusiastic Critic after midnight).

BRAZIL
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BRAZIL (1985)

In this holiday season, we're all in it together…except for The Unenthusiastic Critic.

Bruce Willis in DIE HARD
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DIE HARD (1988)

It's the holiday season, so we're holding The Unenthusiastic Critic hostage for her first viewing of the Christmas-adjacent action classic Die Hard