• The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    ★★★

    This was equal parts breathtaking, ridiculous, funny, and ham-fisted. It was worth the great moments that it has and at points actually manages to evoke some of my childhood fears. The direction was interesting, and given the time period this was released in it seemed a bit progressive. All in all, I am positive that Tim Burton would not exist without this.

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    GIVE. ME. THIS. FUCKING. SCREENPLAY.

    Yup. That’s it. That’s a Goddamn movie.

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    My God this fell off so hard in the third act.


    “I've had my head tilted up to the stars for as long as I can remember. You know what surprised me the most? It wasn't meeting them. It was meeting you.”

    Seriously???

  • Where Is My Friend's House?

    Where Is My Friend's House?

    ★★★★½

    This perfectly encapsulates how confusing it is to be a child. Adults don’t listen to you. They sometimes curve you away from the very moral behavior they taught you out of their own self interests for you. They tell you conflicting things and don’t follow their own rules. So on, so forth. There’s also some good commentary about the loss of community life, urbanization, wisdom, and friendship. Loved it.

  • Cold War

    Cold War

    ★★★★★

    This film pulls no punches. Not in love and certainly not in cruelty. And as a choir kid who grew up on jazz, this is yet another perfect score in a Pawlikowski film (and he remains one of my favorite directors). It brings back fond memories I’ve never lived through. It takes you everywhere through time, and you feel the political constraints and societal shifts in every new setting. You see the way it affects their love, anger, and frustration. But never their passion. All of which breathes so much life into the very last line of the film. So yeah, I’m in love with this.

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    The definition of what James Baldwin referred to as “sensuality”. This movie held my feet to the fire and demanded that I feel it. There are great messages between the lines, and the film never speaks when it can communicate visually. It understands, with subtlety and cleverness, what words can’t say. This makes certain frames true works of high art. Catch it in theaters, please.

  • Chris Rock: Tamborine

    Chris Rock: Tamborine

    Watched this a long time ago and randomly thought of it. The first half is run of the mill black comedian material. But the second half? *chefs kiss*

  • Certified Copy

    Certified Copy

    ★★★★★

    My God this is flawless from top to bottom. A constant blow to the heart and mind. Anyone who has lived life has seen themselves in these characters (whether we’d like to or not). No matter how much the narrative changes, we’re right there with them. Copies ourselves or vice versa? Kiarostami has twice made me question the nature of life and cinema. And he has brought forth specific emotions, musings, and experiences each time that lay dormant within. This demands a rewatch just to be there again. This is everything I want out of a film.

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    ★★★★

    I love how pathetic these men are. They’re not jokes, but they are pathetic. Pathetic in both desire and execution. They storm jungles, but hit their heads on trees and branches. They hang “traitors”, but aren’t quite strong enough to even do so. Even when they get “directions” towards the mythical city, they stab the guy because he won’t accept their God. And their leader, the greatest traitor of them all, the wrath of God!!, wears the most armor out…

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★½

    Boy this was hot buttered booty cheeks. The audacious whackiness was pleasant at some points and mildly annoying at others. The bedroom scene at the end at least made me feel something. Other than that? This was a mess of a story and worse, it was mostly boring.

  • The Child

    The Child

    ★★★★★

    I love the way Bruno never completely changes or leaves his old vices behind. It’s less of a moral tale and more of a tale about morality. This is also a pretty good movie to look at for curating character empathy with one of the most unlikable (but never boring) characters I’ve ever seen.

  • The Turtle's Head

    The Turtle's Head

    Some good old fashioned [adult swim] comedy. The only thing funnier than the film are the people angry because it isn’t a masterwork 💀