NEW MOVIE TIME CAPSULE!

Our new feature has our capsule thoughts on new movies in theaters and on streaming, in this case featuring three great women directors and also a new/old take on Shakespeare

A BEAUTIFUL MIND (2001)

Our “Film Odyssey” closes with the 2001 Best Picture winner, the rare biopic with a massive plot twist stuck in the middle.

DONNIE DARKO (2001)

A mentally ill teenager from the 80s experiences bizarre events and a guy in a creepy bunny suit, in a movie that works more on a vibes level than on an actually making sense level.

THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (2001)

Perhaps the definitive Wes Anderson movie is about a New York family with, um, some issues. How willing you are to get on the movie’s wavelength will probably determine whether you love it or remain baffled.

MULHOLLAND DRIVE (2001)

In which I finally find a movie too weird for me, or perhaps more accurately, a movie that left me wondering what all of its weirdness was actually in service of.

THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS (2001)

These movie about LA street racers stealing electronics is better than it has any right to be, by which I mean it should truly terrible and is mostly fine. Also it somehow spawned a multi-billion dollar franchise.

A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983)

An extremely beloved holiday classic about a small child in 1940 who only wants one thing for Christmas. But what if he shoots his eye out?

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! (1966)

A beloved holiday Christmas special involving both Chuck Jones and Boris Karloff, which centers around the greatest diss track ever written and launched an increasing awful media franchise.

CLAYMATION CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION (1987)

One of the most used VHS tapes of my childhood was this TV special taped off of CBS… it is only marginally easier to access today.

THE BISHOP’S WIFE (1947)

Cary Grant is an angel who appears in the life of a tightly-wound workaholic bishop, but ends up attracted to his wife in a movie that is effortlessly charming, but also simultaneously so weightless that it seems on the verge of evaporation.