• Another Round

    Another Round

    ★★★★

    My favorite movie of the year. The “philosophical” impetus to experiment with alcohol in the way these middle aged men do is fitting and more nuanced than I originally gave the film and Thomas Vinterberg credit for because it’s so spurious. People drink for less compelling reasons. That is the allure of alcohol

    The acting is fantastic and the film maintains a neutral stance on alcohol and alcoholism.

  • Only Yesterday

    Only Yesterday

    ★★★★★

    Why don’t people talk about this more? Truly gorgeous

  • Two Days, One Night

    Two Days, One Night

    ★★★½

    Like “Survivor” but the against the cruel backdrop of late capitalism that unsurprisingly stigmatizes mental illness

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    ★★★★½

    A childhood favorite that I appreciate just as much—if not more— as an adult. Better than the typical coming of age films of its era that feel moralizing or broad, Kiki’s Delivery Service is about autonomy, the realities of navigating capitalism, and the very real loneliness attending that experience. Also really enjoyed watching the Japanese version with subtitles for the first time. A beautiful film I would recommend to anyone.

  • When the Wind Blows

    When the Wind Blows

    ★★★★

    A really fascinating movie in and of itself, but also to have watched during a global pandemic. The naive old couple’s nostalgia for wartime austerity and their blind allegiance to the govt rings true here in the US when faced with an existential threat. There is scapegoating, confusion, chaos, exceptionalism, toxic positivity and most of all, a denial that reality has profoundly changed. Really cool animation style and soundtrack. So weird that it’s seemingly an animation for kids.

  • ...And the Pursuit of Happiness

    ...And the Pursuit of Happiness

    ★★★★½

    Malle does not attempt ethnography or analysis which makes this documentary so compelling. Refugees, asylees, all immigrants, each have their own story that can’t be told properly by anyone else. How fortunate is Malle to have had some access to these people’s lives and ask them questions that affirm the incredibly broad immigrant experience. And how fortunate as a viewer to have a small glimpse into these lived experiences. Visually stunning as well!

  • Good Morning

    Good Morning

    ★★★★★

    I was smiling the whole time watching this.