• Happy Death Day

    Happy Death Day

    ★★★★

    Happy birthday, Tree!

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    Of all the cinematic love stories, I want this one.

  • Beckett

    Beckett

    ★½

    John David Washington is so desperately being shoved down our proverbial throats as the latest “it” guy and I’m just not at all feeling it. But if you like him, what better time to spend watching him in this film running in Soderbergh-esque cinematography for about 45-minutes straight.

  • Hampstead

    Hampstead

    ★★★½

    Diane Keaton is such a gem in everything she’s in.

  • Philadelphia

    Philadelphia

    ★½

    I don’t think I understand a single one or Jonathan Demme’s directorial choices here.

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★

    This film is a musical I don’t care what anyone else says.

  • Mystic River

    Mystic River

    Clint Eastwood really is an incompetent director, isn't he?

  • Gas Food Lodging

    Gas Food Lodging

    ★★★½

    An excellent communication of the transference of love under the circumstance of abandonment. The plight of the woman, forever relegated to a space in which a man's support is expected yet can never be guaranteed is expertly conveyed through Allison Anders 1992 film. What is really nice to see in GAS FOOD LODGING is the trying. We see three women trying their best through their circumstances to better themselves and their positions. There's a lot of stumbling along the way,…

  • Le Trou

    Le Trou

    ★★★★★

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

    "Poor Gaspard"

    The real loser here wasn't the group of men whose delicately planned and intricate escape plan was ruined but rather the socially distanced upperclass outsider that was put in a prison cell with these men. Claude Gaspard was the one who, by his own admission, had a real chance at camaraderie and friendship for the first time in his life and ruined it while also robbing the hope of the men who had taken him in and offered…

  • Gerry

    Gerry

    ★½

    This feels like a senior thesis filled with exposition shots of mountains and clouds and piano music meant to manipulate the emotions the film never cared to inject through, I don’t know, a decent screenplay or a compelling relationship among its characters. I love films with slim casts and one setting but this is a true slog to get through and the lack of attempt, or perhaps revelation of self indulgence, makes it all the harder to watch.

  • Sorry We Missed You

    Sorry We Missed You

    ★★★★★

    One thing I appreciate most about Ken Loach is his ability to convey the absolute suffering inherent to human existence through the most subtle moments and then to inject such a light humor that we can only gain from living in concert with one another that makes us able to endure those moments of suffering. When Abbie is looking at old pictures of her and her husband with one of the clients she cares for, it is remarked that she…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★½

    The sound design is the real breakout star here, forcing the audience into the disorienting reality of losing one’s hearing plummeting one into a world in which they know but no longer truly inhabit until they can sufficiently adjust to their new reality. This is what Riz Ahmed is able to do so well through his standout performance—send his Ruben scrambling between the desperate desire to cling to the music and relationship that saved him from the world of addiction,…