• Alice Through the Looking Glass

    Alice Through the Looking Glass

    ★★

    nothing, not even the day of the week has changed from my 2017 review

  • Marebito

    Marebito

    ★★★½

    sometimes you are a little vampire girl having a chill time being naked and chained to a wall in the Mountains of Madness and a random guy picks you up and forces you to live in his apartment and drink his blood out of a baby bottle. we’ve all been there 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • Beast

    Beast

    ★★★★

    an instant new favorite! so many themes are swirling around here — forgiveness, repression, isolation, regret, primal instinct, mistakes, atonement, self-destruction, cycles of violence and abuse — and they’re all different shades of the same color. 

    the character of moll (jessie buckley 😍) exemplifies our worst instincts: hurtling headfirst towards something you know is gonna hurt your feelings, or pouring all your love into the first thing that looks at you with an intention so inviting, so arresting, that you…

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    ★★★½

    borat has returned just when we needed him most <3 

    while the original feels like he’s using his magnanimous powers for general chaos, subsequent moviefilm finds him using them for good. the idea of borat (6’3”) influencing one of the most important elections in american history is very nice! chenqui to MY favorite feminist superhero! 

    ps. “wawaweewa” count is high — lost track after 6. as it should be :)

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★½

    20 minutes in i realized this was a 2+ hour courtroom drama and groaned out loud. why didn’t anyone warn me the trial of the chicago 7 was about a trial

  • Grimsby

    Grimsby

    ½

    the final boss of sacha baron cohen thirst-watching. hp is almost completely drained; the SBC Battalion’s shields are gravely weakened. there were moments when we didn’t think we’d pull through (elephant sex scene our soldiers refuse to go into detail about). in the end, we managed to emerge alive. but make no mistake: this was no victory. 

    QUEST COMPLETED
    +20,000 XP

  • Dick Johnson Is Dead

    Dick Johnson Is Dead

    ★★★★½

    the empathetic docu-fantasies of agnès varda live on through kirsten johnson. attempts to answer the immutable question of how we are supposed to shoulder the burden of knowing that the people we love will die, then accepts that there is no answer. or rather, that acceptance is the answer. 

    there’s a memorial bench at the cemetery by my apartment that reads “LOVE IS LONGER THAN LIFE AND STRONGER THAN DEATH.” it doesn’t get more succinct than that.

  • Saint Maud

    Saint Maud

    ★★★★

    obsession and possession are two sides of the same coin. illness manifests physically and mentally. how much can one suffer without losing their faith, their sanity? 

    rose glass’s debut feature (!) expertly builds suspense and tension — it all leads up to an unforgettably shocking ending that burns itself into your memory, a stigmata for the hippocampus. i got irrationally scared in my bathroom when i returned home from the drive-in, which is an indisputable trademark of high-grade horror!

  • Devil

    Devil

    ★★

    reminds me of this guy’s short film i had to watch in college that was essentially just a Saw rip-off but instead of the victims being punished for committing borderline-irredeemable crimes the killer kidnaps a guy for stealing a bike and a woman for cheating then writes “theft” and “adultery” on a chalkboard. so it’s like that but also chris messina is there

  • Ringu

    Ringu

    ★★★½

    🎶 IT’S BEEN one week since the ghost called me 📞👻 crawled out of the well and through the TV 📺👻 🎶

  • The Glorias

    The Glorias

    ★★★

    (My review for Willamette Week!)

    A bus. Black and white. The only color is the yellow of the road. The only passengers are four women of different ages. These are the titular Glorias, liminal representations of legendary feminist Gloria Steinem. Two of them are Academy Award winners Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander, the latter portraying Steinem from ages 20-40, the former from 40 onwards. Using the bus as a narrative framing device, this biopic chronicles her journey from troubled childhood…

  • Come Back, Little Sheba

    Come Back, Little Sheba

    ★★★½

    watched almost entirely because prior walter from angels in america named his cat little sheba, haha. really more of a 3 than a 3 1/2, but the historical context of it being made in 1952 elevates the thin plot — an older wife with a younger husband! a woman sketching a scantily clad man as he poses for her! they even say the word “s*x”!!! i would’ve fainted in ye ol’ picture palace