• Fog Line

    Fog Line

    ★★★★½

    kinda perfect idea , Barn Rushes with a little more drama

  • Blues

    Blues

    ★★★½

    so sharp - have seen a handful of variations on this idea and dont feel like seeing who did what first , but this is a good crisp take. train that telescopic lens on some blueberries (in milk?) -well textured image.

  • Americans

    Americans

    ★★★★

    really interesting perspective

  • Barn Rushes

    Barn Rushes

    ★★★★

    great barn , *nice* bed time cinema (sometimes i mean that pejoratively) 

    really good idea , iirc a purer version of Blues - i.e. no human disruption of the frame. set up the shot and let time/changing quality of light create the action… excellent !

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★½

    this is a pretty good movie , but also not very interesting to me.

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★½

    closest there was to a good 2021 best picture nominee , makes some concessions it shouldn’t but more aggressively anti-police than many suggested. 

    low bar to clear for Hollywood so w/e , but Kaluuya is monumental in this , v major work I did not expect from this. Stanfield as well … his performance got brushed off but its a pretty smart use of that persona. has genuine downer vibes too , convincing doomed atmosphere.

  • Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

    ★★

    one of those things you watch cuz you realize you should , culturally significant etc… also some interest in Tina going on, there’s a Whats Love Got to Do with It review somewhere on the horizon …

    glammy 80s blockbuster mode at this point , but not weird enough. recall little of what happens in this post-thunderdome , that stuff fun enough , rest w/e

  • Earwig and the Witch

    Earwig and the Witch

    watched the dub cuz Kacey Musgraves had a role but she didn’t contribute a lot.

    bad animation , kinda boring with a sorta fun high concept hook (girl kidnapped by witch actually wants to join the witch life). ends with the offer of a
    sequel. oh well.

  • The Giverny Document (Single Channel)

    The Giverny Document (Single Channel)

    ★★★

    much of what this does can be inferred from the description, but out of the succinctness of the contrasting structure (the director as her own subject in Giverny vs. the black women she has spontaneously interviewed around Harlem) unravels a multi-faceted struggle between artist and setting and subject and audience.

  • An Ecstatic Experience

    An Ecstatic Experience

    ★★★½

    valentines viewing - definitely one of the better contemporary renderings of the scratch film idea (not a pure iteration, which is fine by me), the chemical manipulations nice too, not nostalgic (in that way). Interesting as a next step in restoration, reimbues footage with energy that would've existed irl.

  • Savages

    Savages

    ★★★

    could stand to be weirder (closer to corporate “weird”) , but Stone is just enough of a wacko to keep this up in the air. v california conception of american, millennial youth culture. happy this is what Travolta is doing late career , more directors should be snapping him up.

  • It's Always Fair Weather

    It's Always Fair Weather

    ★★★½

    admittedly recall just about none of the music , v little of the plot ...

    but best Kelly dancing/choreography ive seen by a significant margin ! should come back to