FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (1996)

Few movies take as hard a left turn than this collaboration between modern schlock masters Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino

THE DUNWICH HORROR (1970)

After the passing this week of the great Dean Stockwell, we revisit his very weird performance in a Roger Corman HP Lovecraft adaptation because… I felt like it.

AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957)

A classic romance with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, who are both very agreeable as usual, but I have to say that something on a basic level did not work for me.

GERTRUD (1964)

A story about one woman’s refusal to compromise, by a director who spent his career refusing to compromise. It is also entirely long shots of people talking in rooms.

GIANT (1956)

This sweeping story of a huge Texas cattle ranch over several decades lives up to its name, but I think falls short of its clear ambition to be “Gone With the Wind, but as a Western.”

DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990)

Probably the best known movie about Native Americans, directed by and starring a very laconic white guy who I’m not sure can actually act. But I think it mostly works?

HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE (1987)

Somewhere between a social satire and sketch comedy resides this weird late-80s time capsule that I thought was funny but not necessarily notable.

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)

This “jukebox musical” of patriotic Broadway hits showcases James Cagney’s powerhouse performance, but that’s basically the only part of the movie that works for me.