• House

    House

    Me when I am crazy 😵‍💫🤪

  • Surf's Up

    Surf's Up

    I can’t possibly offer star ratings to movies anymore after seeing this confusingly self-aware animated mockumentary/children’s movie. 


    Pretty sure I had a puzzle of this film’s poster growing up that I put together many times, but guess I never actually saw the movie until now. Would’ve gone wayyyy over my head.

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Better than I remembered. My eyes were closed for some of it because I’ve had a long day. But it’s pretty damn faithful to the book, with far more useful information and details, it has a genuine sense of closure. It never rushes itself which I appreciate.

  • The Great Dictator

    The Great Dictator

    ★★★

    A-Z Movie Challenge: G

    « Strange. I always thought of you as an Aryan. »
    « I’m a vegetarian. »

    Some jokes: great. My patience: thin. The final speech was lovely and beautiful, and Chaplin was so on point with his criticism that it‘s scary, but I have seen so many movies riffing on Hitler that at this point I can’t really appreciate how revolutionary this movie was when it first came out. The flamboyant depiction of the reich only made…

  • Some Kind of Heaven

    Some Kind of Heaven

    ★★★½

    Watched for American documentary class.

    Okay yeah it’s clearly very staged at times which is a major diversion from my typical stance that documentaries should strive to be as authentic as possible but I will let this one slide because A) it’s genuinely beautiful, damn some of those shots were 😍😍 and B) the artificial utopía that this film dissects serves as a perfect paradox to the imperfections of the people serving as the subjects. 

    I liked it. It’s clearly…

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    ★★★½

    Honestly, the biggest thing that holds this movie back from being one of the best of the series is fluidity: the awkward transitions from season to season. That’s definitely the hardest part of adapting a chapter book that’s supposed to last a year to a movie, but I feel like a montage here and there would not have hurt it, as the passage of time is quite jilted. 

    But who cares baby it’s Halloween time!!!! Autumn wizards witches and Hogwarts!!! Cuddle up and watch Harry and friends go on magic adventures 💕😵‍💫🥰🥰🥰

  • I Am Another You

    I Am Another You

    ★★★½

    Watched for American Documentary class.

    Nanfu Wang is an alum from my school who actually took this very class with my current professor (and apparently I already stumbled upon her work a year ago) which made this viewing all the more special. Still, without any bias, I can honestly say I love her style. It’s the ultimate demonstration of humanism and humility, the two musts in any self-involved, single case documentary. It ends up being more about mental illness than…

  • In Bruges

    In Bruges

    ★★★★★

    Tired: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri was Oscar worthy 

    Wired: In Bruges is McDonagh’s only great film. His humor doesn’t work in an American setting or with a predominantly American cast and his themes are more relevant when they stick to the juxtaposition of different spiritualities and scruples as opposed to the criticism of a particular establishment or institution within a nation, as America’s history is still in its infancy and McDonagh lacks the proper context to evaluate it. In…

  • Battleship Potemkin

    Battleship Potemkin

    Bombs and babies a flyin’ 
    Soldiers and citizens dyin’ 
    Begin our descent into hell 
    The tragedy of war, ring a bell?

    This isn’t serious I promise but if you like these bars and want more HMU

  • F for Fake

    F for Fake

    A-Z Movie Challenge: F

    To be quite frank Orson totally lost me here yet I still found the film really enjoyable.
    10/10 amazing zone-out movie, lots of fun edits, interesting accents, cool monkee . Might fuck around and watch Citizen Kane

  • 306 Hollywood

    306 Hollywood

    ★★½

    Watched for American documentary class.

    Some strokes of brilliance, many strokes of self-indulgence. Mans did not have to go all the way back to Rome to reference a library he studied abroad at in college for an elegy to his New York- based Jewish grandmother. They’re not even Italian. He just made a connection when he was studying art history I guess. 
     I do like how picturesque it all is, but thinking about the staging and setup required for creating each individual shot strips away the authenticity the two siblings establish by providing the home videos of the grandmother in the first place. Mixed bag.

  • The Elephant Man

    The Elephant Man

    ★★★★

    A-Z Movie Challenge: E 

    An aurally arresting film. There’s something so unique about this movie’s sound design. It acts like a gateway into John Merrick’s brain when his deformity prevents his body language and facial expressions from displaying his emotions as the viewer would feel comfortable relating to. But the line delivery, the sound effects, and the music, altered at any given moment by decibel or by desired clarity, help to elucidate John’s perception of events. Visually, too, there’s wonders being done here, but I will remember this movie for its sound.