• The Deep Blue Sea

    The Deep Blue Sea

    ★★★½

    Fantastic execution from Terence Davies and Co. (Rachel Weisz holy smokes) on material that never really captured me. Still has a good deal of masterful plays on time and memory I come to expect from Davies, but in The Deep Blue Sea, they are staggered in comparison to Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Long Day Closes. A solid watch if you’re in the mood for some melodrama.

  • Shithouse

    Shithouse

    ★★★★½

    New guy just dropped (Cooper Raiff) and I must protect him with all my life.

    I've never felt greater representation on screen when the mom went into a rant about allergy meds to her son and binch if she wasn't 100% right about all the medications because of my allergic to everything ass existence!

    So yeah Shithouse is an adorable little indie romcom and it made me feel all the things all good romcoms should do.

  • We Are Who We Are

    We Are Who We Are

    ★★★½

    "Would you like to see the most beautiful place in the world?"

    "I gotta go."



    Kind of lives in a weird in between state of television and miniseries where I feel it doesn't do either of them justice by the end, but it sure was a fun journey to go on with Luca Guadagno playing back into his strengths with We Are Who We Are. Sets up a lot of characterization and world building that at times don't feel entirely…

  • Cruella

    Cruella

    ★★★

    Once you realize Cruella is simply a canvas for obscenely flashy costume design, 493 needle drops, and the silliest “heist” film I may have ever seen, it’s pretty fun! Disney might be creatively bankrupt but at least they’re willing to use their characters in ways that’d convince you otherwise. Criag Gillespie obviously just wants to remake Goodfellas and it’s pretty obnoxious, plus this has no business ever being longer than 100 minutes. Hate to say it, but this is the kinda films Sam Levinson should be making. Plus half a star for Emma Stone and minus half a star for not being gay.

  • Cameraperson

    Cameraperson

    ★★★★★

    Film as the ultimate empathy machine.

  • Shangri-La

    Shangri-La

    A little late to board the Isabel Sandoval hype train, but I’ll eagerly wait at the station for when it comes back around considering she turned an advertisement for a high fashion Italian clothing brand into a generation spanning monument to desire. If anyone deserves a blank check to make poetry come to life it’s her.

  • Still Processing

    Still Processing

    With the films I hold closest to my heart, there’s an understanding as to why someone wouldn’t emotionally react to them, maybe even give me a dirty look for even mentioning my adoration. I get it, art’s subjective. I mean this with every fiber of my being: if you don’t like Still Processing, drop a pin and you can catch these hands on sight. Everything filmmaking should be about is all right here in Still Processing. One of those singular…

  • Out of the Loop

    Out of the Loop

    I have a really bad sinus infection and can’t sleep so I put on this random doc from the 90s about the underground rock scene in Chicago at the time and didn’t hate it. Wesley Willis was an American treasure, Steve Albini is my favorite music curmudgeon (learning that there was a fanzine in Chicago called Steve Albini Thinks We Suck made my night), Seam sounded cool and I wanna check out some of their other music, Veruca Salt kick…

  • Roger & Me

    Roger & Me

    ★★★★½

    Hate on Michael Moore's "stunts" all you want, I don't think there's another filmmaker that consistently edits moments together that function both as punchlines and gut-punches. It's not on the nose when Michael Moore knocks it clean off corporate greed's ugly face. Not my favorite of his, but might be Moore's most accomplished, focused, and searing indictment with minimal shenanigans, but when they show they're slanted to prove his point perfectly. Can't imagine how frustrating it must be for all…

  • Jigsaw

    Jigsaw

    ★½

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

    The premise to "reboot" the Saw franchise, but remove all of the nu-metal griminess and ADHD editing for the styleless sheen of every blockbuster of the past decade should automatically make Jigsaw the worst in the franchise. The traps here are AWFUL: The first one a lazy rehash of an ok trap at best from Saw V, the second ruined by the fact THEY SOLVE THE PUZZLE then proceed to panic and do nothing about it, the rest varying shades…

  • Saw 3D

    Saw 3D

    Me when I was 16: Wow this Saw film is hilariously awful!

    Me now that I'm 25: Wow this Saw film is disgustingly sexist!


    Looks like a film made by a director forced against his will, and turns out it was! According to the wiki, Kevin Greutert (who directed the 6th film) was about to begin work on Paranormal Activity 2 when Twisted Pictures suddenly dismissed David Hackl (who directed Saw 5) and forced Greutert on the project by exercising…

  • Saw VI

    Saw VI

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

    SAW GETS POLITICAL BABYYYYYYYYY

    Saw VI is the first Saw film to actually pull off the one man missions that influence other traps where 3 and 4 woefully screwed up thanks to some biting commentary post 2008 financial collapse and affordable healthcare act. The carousel scene is easily the peak of this franchise and the twist at the end is a lot of fun instead of a major eye roll. Unfortunately the flashbacks involving Jigsaw's wife are completely underwhelming and…