• Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★½

    Finally watched this; what a beautifully moving film. On a personal note, I too had an immigrant grandmother who enjoyed swearing and watching wrestling.

  • Bill & Ted Face the Music

    Bill & Ted Face the Music

    ★★★½

    Considering we have the Bill and Ted films to blame for everything from Dude Where's My Car to Pick of Destiny, this was a lot more entertaining than it had any right to be. My nostalgia was soothed and it seemed like everyone involved was having a good time.

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★½

    This is a neo-Giallo. No further questions.

  • The Lure

    The Lure

    ★★★½

    I guess the only way to sum this up is it's The Little Mermaid meets The Hunger, but it's a musical and they become nightclub performers. Entertaining and worth a watch.

  • Censor

    Censor

    ★★★★½

    I watched this for the second time tonight and am glad to say I enjoyed it even more. While I was very much into it on first watch I left feeling like the final act didn't quite deliver after how good the set-up was. This time around, perhaps because knowing where it went meant I could pay closer attention to how it got there, something clicked. A really great first feature.

  • Old

    Old

    ★★★

    Haven't seen a really-silly-but-not-a-comedy horror like that in a while. Entertaining but won't go back.

  • Stump the Guesser

    Stump the Guesser

    ★★★★

    My kind of weird and silly. I know very little of Winnipeg beyond them loving Phantom of the Paradise and this film being made there, but that sure paints a vivid picture.

  • Holy Motors

    Holy Motors

    ★★½

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

    I think I need to admit to myself I can't fully get on-board with Carax's films. I found this too long. For example; most (if not all) of the Monsieur Merde sequence could be cut and it would be better for it. A shame, as there are things I like in this.

  • Another Round

    Another Round

    ★★★★

    This was my first film watched in a cinema in nearly a year and a half. Fortunately for my nerves, the screening was empty other than myself. This was probably because, funnily enough, it overlapped with an England v Denmark football game - which I'm sure a sizeable chunk of each nation watched with several drinks.

    Some very effective drunk acting (or maybe that should be acting drunk) and a lot of chaotic dad energy in this. While trying not…

  • Of Human Bondage

    Of Human Bondage

    ★★★½

    Bette Davis is good in this but her ultra-theatrical and inconsistently Cockney accent is impossible to take seriously. High camp.

  • Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★★

    A worthy addition to the genre of stress cinema

  • The Woman in the Window

    The Woman in the Window

    ★★★½

    It's possible I was just sufficiently exhausted to not question it too much, but this was a fun romp. Trashy, yes, but to adapt a book by this guy with the hope of elevating it seems misguided (though admittedly I have not read it).

    The combination of hyper-noir and melodrama (as well as the presence of Julianne Moore) felt like nods to Gregory Crewdson in the same way bits of Ari Aster's films do. Or it could be they're all nodding vigorously in Todd Haynes' direction.

    Which reminds me I still need to watch Safe.