• The Swimming Pool

    The Swimming Pool

    ★★★★

    Beautiful cinematography and cool opening credit sequence. Alain Delon is distractingly hot in this movie and so I really didn't care about the problematic plot. I would watch again and the Janus restoration was gorgeous. It is really funny how self aware this movie is, which made seeing it with an audience all the better!

  • Working Girls

    Working Girls

    ★★★★½

    Really interesting and honest portrayal of sex work. Really isn’t erotic and is very anti-Pimp and pro-empowerment which I feel isn’t really seen that much. And yet, the confines of working as a “working girl” are not lost in the plot and at once are seen as nuanced and geared towards one conclusion. Sex work is not for everyone but also some people don’t really have other options in a society under capitalism. Lizzie Borden makes sure we understand that. …

  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★★

    Pixar really said Italianx rights huh?

  • Pink Flamingos

    Pink Flamingos

    ★★★★

    John Waters could write Macbeth but William Shakespeare couldn't write Pink Flamingos.

    What's so amazing about this is that it is so nasty and disturbing and gross AND YET I had such a good time watching this. Did I almost tap out at about an hour in? YES BUTTTTT, it was so funny because of the writing and how gross it was. I don't see myself rewatching this much, but I will probably rewatch it in the future. This thing is a masterpiece.

  • Funeral Parade of Roses

    Funeral Parade of Roses

    ★★★★★

    "The spirit of the individual reaches its own absolute through incessant negation"

    I need to rewatch this immediately as a double feature with Persona (1966) and just absolutely lose my mind and my faith in humanity. This is an amazing tragedy/docu-fiction chronicling the underground community of queer people in Japan in the 60s. This is THE counter culture movie; America could never do this.... not even John Waters. Okay, maybe John Waters. But this is like if you put John…

  • Shithouse

    Shithouse

    ★★★★

    The last ten minutes of this are TOTALLY unnecessary, but I love how much heart is in this movie. I am totally gonna be this guy in a few months when I move into college but it all seems to work out in the end :)

    AHHHH IM SO NERVOUS FOR SCHOOL WTH.... it was cool tho to watch this with a future college classmate! shoutout to you jeremy!

  • In The Heights

    In The Heights

    ★★★★

    Gonna be seeing this like 12 more times over the summer. It's just the best damn time ever. Anthony Ramos... I love you.


    EDIT: A lot of the critiques of representation in this are very valid which will likely make me rethink it when watching the show in more depth going forward. LMM and Quiara Alegría-Hudes making decisions for when Afro-Latine people should/shouldn’t be represented and by who is a bit weird! Could also be a stronger condemnation of gentrification but that’s just my 2 cents from being a New Yorker

  • The Underground Railroad

    The Underground Railroad

    ★★★★½

    Really a cinematic feat. Hard to watch and distant filmmaking, but at the same time incredibly emotionally intimate. There are some moments of pure directorial genius here (that I've come to expect from Barry Jenkins) that I will never ever ever forget. Episode 5 is unforgettable and yet it manages to be topped by episode 9, which might be the best thing made in Jenkins' career (and Moonlight is one of my top movies ever). Watch it if you can stomach it. It is brutal, but also incredibly moving. I cannot wait for Jenkins' next project.

  • Stoker

    Stoker

    ★★★★★

    Park Chan-wook will always make sure that his movies are impeccably shot and that is why he is one of my favorite directors. This film is such a great play on the coming-of-age story because it fully recognizes that those kinds of movies are always full of narcissism that passes with barely any criticism. But this film is such a glorious critique of narcissistic people while simultaneously being campy and a fun watch. The sound design in this is immaculate…

  • Meshes of the Afternoon

    Meshes of the Afternoon

    ★★★★★

    oh my god yes

  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    ★★★★

    I normally hate movies that focus on psycho-sexuality in American suburbia, but I think the way that David Lynch framed this film made the subject matter incredible invigorating. I found this movie quite hard to get into, but the middle hour of this is so fantastic and Dennis Hopper is just so good that I couldn't help but really like it. I'm sure my rating would improve on a rewatch, when I know a bit more about what I'm getting…

  • Taboo

    Taboo

    ★★★★½

    My second Ōshima film, and I can say with certainty that I'll enjoy watching his others. This movie is a CAMPY GAY SAMURAI MOVIE with a score by Ryuchi Sakamoto.... need I say more? I must admit that sometimes the pacing didn't exactly work for me, but the ending of this was so good and all the twists and turns this take makes it such an exciting watch. I definitely want to see this again, but preferably with company so I can annoy them with my excitement when I say "ooh! this part coming up is so good!"