“I should feel something.”
Rapturous. Splendid. Fathers. Sons. Made me want to go find my dad in deep space even though he died in 2005.
My VHS cover pull-quote: “Seriously, our dads are out there and we have to go reunite with them. Even if you think your dad/father figure/person whose image you think you’ve not lived up to is here on Earth, that’s probably not really them. So saddle up on a rocket, get some good tears going, and let’s go to Neptune to find them. I’ll bring snacks (feeding tubes to staple into our stomachs).”
“What, do you want to go back to minimum wage?”
A high-energy, slick as heck heist flick that explores the allure and pitfalls of power, capitalism, and drugging some grade-a assholes to steal their money.
My VHS cover pull-quote: at one point in this movie someone says “2007 was the fucking best!” I graduated from high school in 2007 and, while that was cool, I disagree that it made the year the fucking best year. Still a great movie though.”
“Hey, come back to Derry and get murdered.”
This is humongous, epic, ultimately triumphant horror fantasy that — while not terrifying — is whimsically gruesome and allowed to lean hard into the cocaine fueled turns of the source material.
My VHS cover pull-quote: “Can we talk about across-the-board perfect casting? Okay, this has it. It also has a swelling, bleeding, plucked from a chest heart that will make you believe in shit again.”
“What are you reading? | Just a Western.”
A chill, hangout Hollywood comic fable in which the dream of the 60s rolls loudly forward like a TV left on or the fractured yet consistent noise of a car radio.
My VHS cover pull-quote: “Well, shit. I should have been an actor.”
“It’s a good lie.”
A finely crafted family comedy exploring the deeper wells of modern Chinese culture and the crucial lies all people find themselves telling in the face of impending tragedy.
My VHS cover pull-quote: “Grandmas: hug ’em if ya got ’em. Hug their graves if you don’t.”
“How am I alive?”
An epilogue I didn’t know I needed that rounds out this long journey of toy sentience in all kinds of emotionally and existentially satisfying ways.
My VHS cover pull-quote: “Woody watches the hands of his most recent god literally craft life from nothing and it nearly swallows his fragile sanity.”