The Six-Month Gravy Film Awards: 2022

Picture: Everything Everywhere All at Once Crimes of the Future Vortex Benediction The Northman The Batman Top Gun: Maverick X Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Strawberry Mansion I actually have enough very good and great films to do a top 10, which is nice. It was tempting to just do a top 5,…

The Weekly Gravy #94

As the issue is ongoing, do consider donating to the National Network of Abortion Funds. The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) – *** For a film made in the 1930s and set in the 1840s, there’s something scarily resonant about Edward Moulton-Barrett (Charles Laughton). He polices his children – all at least in their early…

APPLAUSE Review – ***½

CW: sexual abuse/predation and suicide. Perhaps ironically, Rouben Mamoulian did his best work behind the camera in the early days of sound, when he was far ahead of the pack in making fluid, innovative, technically ambitious (and accomplished) films which put their static contemporaries to shame. After making the first feature in full Technicolor (Becky…

The Weekly Gravy #93

In light of the Supreme Court’s decision this morning, I think it only right to share a link to the Abortion Access Fund, if you wish to donate. Lightyear (2022) – *** Supposedly, viewers have been scratching their heads trying to figure out exactly what Lightyear is, but the film itself explains itself right off…

Plentifull Cinnamon Almond Butter Review

When General Mills’ new luxury cereal hit supermarket shelves, I was at once intrigued and put off by the higher price (even at Walmart, it’s over $5 a box), and delayed giving it a chance until I felt like plunking down the money for an unknown quantity. That I spend as much on movie tickets…

The All-Time Gravy Awards: 1960-1969

Let’s make one thing clear right off the bat: this article is a work in progress. It will be updated regularly and it’s worth checking in on from time to time. For every year, I’ve listed a number of films I’ve seen in the past and need to rewatch. And I’ve mentioned, in most categories,…

The Weekly Gravy #92

Zorns Lemma (1970) – **** First, we have a black screen, and the voice of a woman reading The New England Primer, a Puritanical work for children which the teaches the alphabet with couplets ranging from the inane (M: “The Moon shines bright/In time of night”) to the biblically unnerving (X: “Xerxes the great did…

JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION Review – **

It’s damning with the faintest praise to say that Dominion is more fun to watch than Fallen Kingdom, but you take what you can get from a franchise that has perversely failed to live up to its own potential, from a director who’s failed to live up to the promise of his great first feature…

The Weekly Gravy #91

Midnight (1934) – *** Although Midnight is best remembered for featuring one of Humphrey Bogart’s first major roles – such that, when the film was later reissued as Call It Murder, his billing was bumped from fifth to first – I was more intrigued by the premise, namely the moral dilemma that Edward Weldon (O.P….

The Weekly Gravy #90

Nothing Lasts Forever (1984) – *** When I first saw Nothing Lasts Forever, almost 10 years ago, I gave it a score of 77 (the low end of ***½), possibly because I was delighted to have seen it at all; it was, after all, never given an official release in North America, either in theaters…