• D2: The Mighty Ducks

    D2: The Mighty Ducks

    ★★★

    I think "D2: The Mighty Ducks" will be the subject of my PhD thesis on Patriotism in American Media in the 1990s. Stay tuned

  • The Morning After

    The Morning After

    ★★★

    Boy in the 80s we sure did find casual racism hilarious and charming

  • Audition

    Audition

    ★★★½

    I feel like this film has been very over hyped as one of the most disturbing films ever made when in reality it's mostly "Boomer Dad fucks around and finds out".

  • Strip Down, Rise Up

    Strip Down, Rise Up

    ★★★

    Blunty an advertisement for Shelia Kelley and S Factor, which doesn't dilute the message necessarily but certainly feels less authentic. For what it is, it probably would have worked better as an episodic reality series.

  • Carmen Comes Home

    Carmen Comes Home

    ★★★★

    I think there is something to be said about Japan's cinematic ideologies from the late 1930s to the early 1960s. Many directors were pressured to make forms of propaganda before the end of the war, then after 1945 these directors shifted to criticize the ever evolving national values. These values often included discussing the role and misfortune of women in a post-war Japan. However the more you look the more you can tell how misguided this discussion was, with Mizoguchi…

  • One Night in Miami...

    One Night in Miami...

    ★★★★

    The rating could easily go up as this is certainly one of those films you need to sit with and think about. Very impressed with every performance and Regina King is my wish for Best Director this year.

  • History Is Made at Night

    History Is Made at Night

    ★★★★½

    This movie is so old that all the comedy has come around again and is absolutely fucking hilarious.

  • Kandagawa Wars

    Kandagawa Wars

    ★★½

    Reminded me a lot of the intimate and hyper-personal early work of the Dogme 95 movement. Unfortunately, a lot of the emotion of the piece is weighed down heavily due to the film being Pink in nature. Often times the drama of the film was broken up or simultaneous with extensive sex and nudity. Which I can appreciate coming from a point of "I'm watching a Pink Film", but disappointing when coming from the idea of "I'm watching a Kiyoshi Kurosawa Film".

  • A Fool

    A Fool

    ★★★½

    I was going to make a joke about how the real fool was the friendships we made along the way, but this film is so bleak and hopeless in its outlook that I think it's safe to say all our friends are fucking dead.

  • Ramkhind

    Ramkhind

    ★★

    I haven't seen anything else from Amit Dutta but this wasn't a great introduction.

    Films made in the early 2000s feel strange to look at critically due to the rise in accessibility to digital cameras that also look like absolute garbage. And the approach to documentary filmmaking in this film is that of the observer for the most part. While interview or talking heads like segments happen in the film the primary focus of the camera direction is to observe…

  • Vital

    Vital

    ★★★★

    Probably the favorite of Tsukamoto so far. But I'm not particularly singing it's praises either. I feel as though this is my favorite story from Tsukamoto, although some of the execution is flawed.

  • A Snake of June

    A Snake of June

    ★★★

    I'm having the same reaction to this film as I did my previous Tsukamoto picture "Bullet Ballet". Artistically and thematically I think the film is quite effective. To the point where, similar to other Art House directors of the 1990s/2000s, I can tell that the film is meant to be dug into and I will fully admit that on an initial watch I know that there were details I missed that I will appreciate more on a rewatch. However the…