• Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy

    Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy

    ★★★★

    Thinking about how demonically gleeful Ronald and Nancy Reagan looked whilst Reagan signed the 1986 Anti-Drug Abuse Act. Evil old white people. I don’t believe in hell except for when it comes to the Reagans. May they burn for all of eternity <3 

    Crack: Cocaine, Corruption, & Conspiracy feels massive in its impressive dissection of crack within the US, its catastrophic affects on Black communities, the destructive role the US government played in crack’s introduction to said communities, and the harmful…

  • Murder Among the Mormons

    Murder Among the Mormons

    ★★½

    I thought the timing of Murder Among the Mormons was perfect, considering I just listened to a podcast episode about Mark Hoffmann yesterday during work. However, I think my downfall is assuming the 3 hour docuseries would dive deeper than the 45 minute podcast episode I’d listened to. 

    With not much truly new information presented for me personally, I am thankful for the abundance of archived footage used throughout all 3 episodes. I do think this could have easily been…

  • Antebellum

    Antebellum

    Antebellum is ultimately a travesty of craft and filmmaking with a perspective that hollows out the Black experience in favor of wan horror.” -Angelica Jade Bastién for Variety

    I wanted to take a page out of Cara Anne’s book and use this space to highlight a Black film critic whose analysis of Antebellum I agree with and whose writing is incredible. Please give the full article a read STAT!! 

    Watch 26/29 of my Black Cinema Challenge

  • Black Orpheus

    Black Orpheus

    ★★★

    A film that feels like it came from the 70s or 80s rather than the late 50s... Which is to say: Black Orpheus has a timelessness to it that is difficult to achieve. The film possesses a liveliness that keeps a story from centuries past feeling engaging and fresh. The overall aesthetic was beautiful to watch. 

    Not a whole lot to say for the film overall. It’s a solid, pleasant watch! 

    Watch 25/29 of my Black Cinema Challenge

  • Coming to America

    Coming to America

    ★★★½

    With a beginning that feels almost cringey in its absurdity, Coming to America comes back down to Earth to delivery a surprisingly funny and heartfelt story! 

    It all feels relatively conventional and yet still entirely engaging. I always feel wary going into older comedies but found myself pleasantly surprised by how earnest the film proved to be and how much I laughed throughout it! 

    I’m excited to see the sequel! 

    Watch 24/29 of my Black Cinema Challenge

  • The Last Thing He Wanted

    The Last Thing He Wanted

    I haven’t been this unbelievably confused and baffled by a film since my watch of Serenity.

    Can this commonality between the two be accredited to Anne Hathaway’s presence in both? My surprisingly high tendencies to watch less than stellar films? Both? Who’s to really say! 

    Watch 23/29 of my Black Cinema Challenge

  • Threads

    Threads

    ★★

    Horrifically powerful in what it sets out to convey, Threads is also a truly impressively made film considering it was made for tv. Every minute made me more nauseous and anxious. 

    I hated every minute of it.

  • Up

    Up

    ★★★★★

    All four of Pete Docter’s films are within my Top 10 from Pixar. An impressive feat but one that absolutely makes sense when we consider how emotionally vulnerable all of his films are.

    Up
    , Docter’s wonderful and substantive follow up to Monster’s Inc. holds a significant place within the halls of fame of animation. Flying high with its colors and far off adventures, Up finds its footing in the moments it grounds us back in what matters most: our love…

  • The Phantom of Liberty

    The Phantom of Liberty

    ★★½

    Not particularly a watch that resonated with me but I appreciate what it’s going for quite a bit! The transitions from short story to story felt really seamless and I found that impressive. 

    While I felt disconnected, I did feel as though the stories embedded in the film align closely with a great number of what are considered the most “common” intrusive thoughts in individuals. That parallel made the film a bit more fascinating to witness. 

    Overall, The Phantom of Liberty reminded me of Monty Python quite a bit. A downside for me personally but something I think a great number of people would really enjoy!

  • Fighting with My Family

    Fighting with My Family

    ★★★★

    I came for Florence Pugh and the possibility of Fighting With My Family qualifying for the “Good for Her” Cinematic Universe and I stayed for the heartfelt story and really wonderful family dynamics. 

    If I’m anything, I’m a big fat sucker for an underdog, misfit story.

  • House of Hummingbird

    House of Hummingbird

    ★★★★

    The world is fascinating and beautiful.” 

    Take the deep loneliness of Lost in Translation, the aesthetic of Palo Alto, the fractured familial relationships of Lady Bird, the anxiety-riddled introduction to adolescence of Eighth Grade, and the first hints at sexual exploration of Water Lillies and you’ll just start to scratch the surface of what House of Hummingbird feels like.

    A poignant coming-of-age film rooted in its vulnerable honesty, Kim Bora’s debut hurts in a way more reminiscent to hitting the cement after a…

  • The Witches of Eastwick

    The Witches of Eastwick

    ★★★½

    The fact that The Witches of Eastwick stars Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon and yet still fails the Bechdel Test is both a hate crime and an act of terrorism. 

    Anyways, here’s my lord and savior, Cher, absolutely murdering Jack Nicholson in one of the most exceptional monologues I’ve ever seen on screen: 

    Well, I have to admit that I appreciate your directness, Daryl. And I will try and be as direct and honest with you as I possibly…