she liked slapshot, but then, you already knew that

what i watched last week

Jam. Indie documentary about an attempt to bring back roller derby features some engagingly eccentric folks, but the entire movie is way too low-key, and the absence of much historical context beyond "I always loved it when I was a kid" means it's not easy to understand why these people have such a passion for the game. 6/10.

The Return of the War Room. Barely a movie, this plays like a DVD extra for the original War Room, which wasn't as good as its reputation in the first place. 5/10.

Frost/Nixon. Ron Howard is the great disappearing director of our times. He doesn't make bad movies, he doesn't make great movies. He makes movies that get 6 out of 10 and he makes movies that get 7 out of 10. In other words, I don't have the slightest idea what Ron Howard brings to a movie. This is one of his better ones, which means 7/10. Nominated for five Oscars, including picture, director, actor, and screenplay ... I might go for actor, although of the three nominees I've seen in that category, I'd probably put Frank Langella third. One thing you notice in the early historical wrap-up in this movie ... there was a time when Democrats took their jobs seriously. They didn't kiss Nixon's ass the way they kissed George W's.

Rope. The Production Code ensures that the gay text becomes homoerotic subtext, the acting is highly variable as is often the case with Hitchcock, and the long-take experiment is pointless. 6/10.