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It Takes A Village: Ari Aster’s Midsommar

July 29, 2019

I find it interesting that the only two times that I’ve come out of my little writing sabbatical to post on this blog in the past two years were both for Ari Aster films.  Not Jordan Peele (Us), not my beloved Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread), but for this young newcomer who arrives straight out […]


You are alone. You are totally alone.

June 16, 2018

Warning: spoiler alert for this film and A Quiet Place.   Ever the horror fanatic, I have become so incredibly jaded about horror films made in this century. I know, right?? Sigh.  It’s like my own special, private hell. “Oh my god, this movie is SO SCARY, Joyanna!! You’re gonna love it!!” “It’s TERRIFYING. No, […]

I SPY…a Melissa McCarthy film!!

June 21, 2015

NO MAJOR PLOT SPOILERS HERE, but if you’re someone that doesn’t want to know ANYTHING before you see a flick, then fine, navigate the fuck onnnnoutta here. …but then again, why would you click on a film review if you were thus inclined anyway?? Jesus, you’re impossible. I am doing the Master Cleanse right now, […]

This is not a test.

March 31, 2015

Watch this.  Watch this and LLLLEEEEEAAAAAAAARRRRRNNNNNNN!!!!!!

I have one word. Repeated ad nauseum. Which is not unlike this film…

February 22, 2015

No. No. No. No. No. No. No. NO. NO NO NO NON ONONONONONONONONONONONONON NNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Oh, and in case this wasn’t enough of an explanation, take a gander at how I felt about the first one.. Somewhere up there is a god, and that guy hates us all.

Kenneth Turan Must Die: a review of Boyhood

January 17, 2015

BOYHOOD Directed By/Written By: Richard Linklater did both! (with some narratives contributed by the cast) Stars: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei Linklater First Impression: Oh shit, this film is almost 3 hours long?!? Wow.  Quite an undertaking.  Is this a gimmick film though? I highly suspect this is a gimmick film. Final Impression: Oh […]

The nominations are in.

January 15, 2015

Well, I could have guessed this would happen.  Inherent Vice was entirely ignored, aside from a Best Adapted Screenplay nod at Anderson, so that sucks.  But I am encouraged by the Academy’s response to Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel. I cannot believe that The Theory of Everything was nominated for Best Picture, but not Inherent […]

Are you a Cumberbitch!!!???

January 11, 2015

Yep, that’s a real thing.  Cumber. Bitch.  Sigh.  Moving on! THE IMITATION GAME Written by: Andrew Hodges (book) / Graham Moore (screenplay) Directed by: Morten Tyldum Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong First Impression: Well, obviously this will be good. Final Impression: This was a very solid and SAFE film.  Cumberbatch’s performance is […]

Judge not, lest…

January 8, 2015

*Teensy spoiler in here! Caveat Lector!! THE JUDGE Directed by: David Dobkin Written by: (Screenplay) Nick Schenk & Bill Dubuque (Story) Nick Schenk & David Dobkin Stars: Robert Downey, Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Billy Bob Thornton, Jeremy Strong First Impression: Oh man…I’m gonna hate this, aren’t I? Two of my favorite actors, […]

Mawkish Hawkings During Awards Season

January 4, 2015

    Screener number two has arrived!!! THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING Directed by: James Marsh Written by: (based on the book by Jane Hawking) Screenplay by Anthony McCarten Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Thewlis, Emily Watson First Impressions:  Oooooh, the Stephen Hawking film!! I’ve heard a lot of great things about these relatively unknown […]

The Perils of Prostitution!!

October 19, 2014

So I’ve just spent a thoroughly enjoyable Sunday with my husband.  We woke up, laid in bed with cats on our tummies and dark coffees in our hands, smelled the fresh autumn breezes coming in through the window, smiled at each other, and decided that today was definitely the day to tackle Beverly Hills Madam, which has […]

Procrastinator, Vol. 2

May 14, 2014

Well folks, the title says it all.  I get it, I get it.  This is way, way, WAY overdue.  So don’t bug me about it.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you need to first click on this little link right here and read.  Then come back.  Bye, bye now! For those of […]

Part One

March 26, 2014

Welly, welly, welly my little droogies! I’m baaaa-aaaaaaaack!! So what brings me out of hiding? Well, I must tell you firstly that the reason I’ve not written anything in a while is that we have just picked up and moved our entire family (i.e. Hubby, wife, two cats, a succulent, and a massive DVD collection) from […]

February 2, 2014

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, NO.

SAG Awards screener heaven

December 24, 2013

It’s that time of year again!! Not the holidays, ya consumerist.  AWARDS season, ya consumerist!!! And thus begins the march of the “for your consideration” paraphernalia.  Which means it’s time to start micro-reviewing again!! You may remember last year’s season, when I was actually on the SAG nominating committee (read MILLIONS of “for your considerations…”  It was […]

‘Nuff Said.

November 22, 2013 Fifty shades of grey…eat your fucking heart out. Is anyone else as excited about this as I am?!? Uma Thurman, for Chrissakes.  Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and a surprising appearance from Captain Shia Le Beefheart or whatever his name is.  Maybe I’ll respect him after this. AUGH I am soooo happy Lars Von Trier is […]

I can share…sometimes.

October 29, 2013

Fellow film geeks, we have struck gold here.  I follow Filmbalaya, the brain child of two geeky cinephiles based in San Francisco, and Adam Cuttler, one of those two fellows, really made my millennium this morning when I opened my email and saw this: Interview with Tommy Wiseau, The Driving Force Behind The Room Please, for the […]

Playin’ DJ on this cold, grey morning in Culver City

July 24, 2013

Go, my little geeks.  Go forth with the sounds of Wicker Man sex in your minds…

Only God Forgives!! Only…GOD!!…Fffff…ooorrrrrr…GIIIIIVVVEEESSSSSS…

July 21, 2013

SPOILER ALERT.  You’ve been warned. As you must know by now, I have been waiting for the release of Only God Forgives for…oh…forever…since Drive, really.  And the day finally arrived!  Friday, July 19th, two hours before my mom’s 60th birthday (Happy Birthday, Mom! You look fabulous!), I found myself sitting in the slightly sticky seats […]

I can see yoah dirty pillows!

April 6, 2013

Well, it’s been a long time, fellow film lovers.  I have changed jobs, moved AGAIN, and we are now happily ensconced in Culver City.  I kept looking longingly at my computer, wondering when I’d ever be inspired (or pissed, as is the case here today) to write another blog posting.  Because, unlike some bloggers, who […]