• Scenes from a Marriage

    Scenes from a Marriage

    Asks the essential question of "Would you feel more sympathetic to Johan from the Swedish version if we flipped his gender?" and the answer is a resounding "No."

    I liked this! Not sure why reviews have been so tepid (from the critical community, not Letterboxd where every miniseries has a community rating above 4.0 lol). Does what all great adaptations should do, which is change the source material in interesting ways while keeping its core.

  • Quantum of Solace

    Quantum of Solace

    ★★★½

    I love this insane movie because:

    1. It’s big and loud and dumb in a way that feels like an American’s interpretation of a Bond movie.

    2. This is genuinely my favorite version of Craig’s Bond. He’s so mean and brutish here, killing indiscriminately and tossing out curt one-liners that had me howling.

    3. The editing is so choppy it’s almost avant-garde. I’ve never seen a movie with this big of a budget that has cutting that’s as experimental as…

  • The Big Chill

    The Big Chill

    ★★★½

    I turn 30 tomorrow, which I guess makes me more susceptible to this kind of yuppie handwringing, because I found myself very taken by this movie's ruminations on the better, younger selves we all wish we can get back. It helps that Lawrence Kasdan's easygoing direction and charming script wrings out all these small moments of warmth and character*. And even more impressive is the fact that he holds the big emotional eruption that you'd come to expect from this…

  • Legally Blonde

    Legally Blonde

    ★★★

    My high school valedictorian quoted Elle Woods in their graduation speech, so I felt like it was only right for me to get around to this eventually.

    Fun!

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    Never thought this movie would develop such an annoying little fandom but that's what makes waking up each day worthwhile

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★½

    I didn’t get to finish the movie because they threw me in Horny Jail after the Ana D sequence 😓

  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★★½

    You can't teach cool.

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★

    I imagine people who've struggled with Gender Stuff will either find this film's ideas about gender performance extremely cool or extremely stupid. I'm not really qualified to be a voice of authority on that, but it was a little bit of column A, a little bit of column B for me. Always happy for a movie that inspires multiple walkouts though.

  • The Assassin

    The Assassin

    ★★★★

    This was my first Hou Hsiao-hsien movie, and for a minute there I was reminded of the time I watched Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives as a budding 17 year old cinephile (lol) and was just so thoroughly unprepared for the wavelength it was asking me to be on. Luckily I caught on quicker here, slowly coming to the realization that this thing rips. Some real majestic images in this sucker.

  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    This is going to sound psychotic but…there was too much of Venom in this movie

  • The Many Saints of Newark

    The Many Saints of Newark

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I have the little spoiler thing checked off but it might not be showing, so SPOILER WARNING


    I don't know what some people are on about...David Chase has still got it. The prickly psychology, the off-handed zingers ("What am I, Rand McNally?!" lmaooo), the malapropisms, the apocalyptic needle drops, the momentary lapses that have irrevocable consequences, the way petty grievances rule over logic -- he's just completely in his bag here.

    It's fitting that The Many Saints of Newark starts…

  • Casino Royale

    Casino Royale

    ★★★★½

    Twitter guy with a serious case of Kino Brain: "Remember when blockbusters used to be good?"