• Red Lips

    Red Lips

    ★★★★

    Still rules. Fun fact, did you know that the main lead, Ghetty Chasun, was so excited to play a vampire that she bit through the covered latex and actually gnawed on and actor's neck!

  • Red Lips

    Red Lips

    ★★★★

    Life on the fringes. Stability is uncertain as you can easily lose it all in an instant. Clinging with dear life to the only person trapped here in this world with you because if they disappear there's a chance you will too. Queer as fuck and cool as hell, too.

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★½

    There's 2 things you have to understand about the Scream movies. The first is that each film is literally about itself and what its existence means within the series as a whole. The second its that these films are about the line between fictional violence and real life violence. Kyle Turner put it best when he said that the Scream films work when they interrogate the cinematic landscape in which they exist but this is only interested in itself. Its…

  • Scream 4

    Scream 4

    ★★★★

    The difference between hypothesizing how you could survive a horror film vs hypothesizing how you could survive a situation from a true crime podcast is that the former has clear rules because its fiction while the latter is reducing real life events into a game. Scream 1 is about how we consume fictional violence and real life violence. Scream 4 is about failing to differentiate the two and viewing reality as a movie that you can game.

  • Scream 3

    Scream 3

    ★★★

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

    You can feel this stretching its narrative conceit a little thin but it still works. A movie about a woman forced to relive her trauma again but also learning that her trauma is connected to Hollywood's history of abuse where the villain is revealed to be a director named Roman. No idea if that's intentional or not but hey the text speaks for itself.

  • Scream 2

    Scream 2

    ★★★★

    Actually appreciate it much more on rewatch. The first 30 minutes offers a unique lens to enact its meta-comentary that makes me wonder what an all black Scream would look like. A pop slasher examining how black people consume horror media aware we aren't its demographic that also skewers the current trend of neoblaxpoitation horror that attempts to process trauma but instead enacts it. That first death is so powerful and it sucks that it abandons that lens to redo…

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★★

    "Let's face it, baby. These days you gotta have a sequel!"

    Pregaming for Scream 5.

  • Animals

    Animals

    ★★★★★

    "I like it when characters have to face the limits of their desires. Its so cool".

    Believe it or not the same day I first discovered this film was also the day I was subjected to a prayer circle at my church to pray my gay away. I don't wanna say that this film saved me or anything but my chance encounter with this movie certainly was a curious twist of fate. Most coming of age films focus on the…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★½

    There's comes a point where you start to view every person older than you as a reflection of a possible future and every person younger than you as a seed of boundless potential. The restaurant owner, the actor, the politician. All of whom are possible futures for Gary, all of whom don't bode well for Alana. What's interesting to me is codependency of their relationship. Alana is attracted to Gary's ability to gain access to higher places which allows her…

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    One of these days I'm going to have to get around to watching Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

    The 2 reasons I watched this:

    1. I was at my family's Christmas party over the holidays and with me being the film person in the family of course they had to ask me about my thoughts on the latest Marvel property. I gave up on superhero movies after Joker and gave up on Marvel after Infinity War to the point that I…

  • Labyrinth of Cinema

    Labyrinth of Cinema

    ★★★★★

    A review can't do this justice. Essentially a speedrun of all of Obayashi's obsessions found throughout his filmography; memory, the passage of time, young people as symbols of hope for the future, the collective scars of war, all of which is refracted through a giant history lesson in Japanese cinema. The movie is indeed a labyrinth as the narrative gets lost, makes detours, retraces its steps before eventually finding the exit. On a single first viewing I can't say if…

  • Casting Blossoms to the Sky