• Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★½

    Huge boo for this ending. Not because it’s bleak, but because it’s cowardly in it’s pseudo-bleakness. It’s so...safe.


    To make matters worse, all of this good story collapses in on itself and becomes about the (cartoonishly) tortured artist? How...male. 


    Did someone else direct this ending? Fuck.


    UPDATE:
    Ok after hearing De Palma explain his reasoning behind it I like it a bit more. Still a corn fest of an ending tho

  • Daddy Longlegs

    Daddy Longlegs

    ★★★★★

    A beautiful film with difficult characters and difficult pathologies. A gut punch of joy, melancholy, and anxiety that never really stops because this is life.

    In short, I loved it.

  • The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski

    ★★★★★

    Rewatched this at an Alamo movie party. Super happy I got to see it on the big screen with a crowd. Still fucking hilarious and enjoyable on every. single. level.

  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★★★

    This is achingly perfect

  • Close-Up

    Close-Up

    ★★★★★

    This led me down a rabbit hole on the political structure behind cinema as well as it's forms and uses. Extremely thankful for that bit of knowledge.

  • Tangerine

    Tangerine

    ★★★★½

    God this was so fresh. Rich imagery shot on an iPhone. Rich dialogue. Great dramatic tension carrying us from scene to scene. The treatment of our subjects as people with complex lives rather than orating political statements. It’s never self-indulgent. This is independent cinema.

  • Men in Black

    Men in Black

    ★★★★

    Men in Black is, in my eyes, the perfect blockbuster. 

    For one, it’s hilarious. The humor is a lot more layered than I remember (obviously, even though I wore the tape out as a kid). The cinematography is great and feels lifted from the pages of a comic book without ever lapsing into self-parody. I love the  action sequences, and a villain this disgusting makes me feel something when he shows up. I need that. The costumes are fantastic (I…

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★★

    Who the f*ck cares about what I have to say? Go see this. Now. Send review.

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★

    The setup, acting, and stylistic choices are fantastic. 

    But the narrative fails the film, for me. It keeps me at a distance from the very things that put it in a position to be great, namely Pattinson (who seems bewildered and trapped behind his own eyes) and Dafoe. Thus, I was unable to follow each of them on their respective descents into madness because I didn’t really get a chance to care for or know them aside from some loose…