• The Conversation

    The Conversation

    gasped like an idiot at the reveal in this literally 50 year old movie. that’s cinema baby.

  • Framing Agnes

    Framing Agnes

    talked about this a little on twitter but to reiterate: i really don't like coming out swinging against work by trans filmmakers. that being said, i'm more than a little shocked at the positive reception to this film, which to me is close to an unmitigated disaster. rather than focusing on the (admittedly clever) reframing of archival interviews between mid-century trans people and a rather aggressive doctor as a talk show, the film spends much more time with the filmmakers…

  • The Empty Man

    The Empty Man

    glad i gave this a year before revisiting, i had forgotten a lot of its more startling moments. still an extraordinary work of atmosphere and tone, not to mention pacing ("oh wahh boo hoo 140 minute movies are too long" shut up and watch this maybe). several of its visual touches were obvious on first viewing (i adore the sequence imitating a character closing one eye, then the other, flipping between perspectives) but i noticed a lot more of its…

  • The Bye Bye Man

    The Bye Bye Man

    this is not a good movie but i think it's so cool how the bye bye man has like six different gimmicks and none of them amount to anything. cute dog too.

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    wasn't planning on writing a capsule but this has been on my brain for a couple days. while i was critical of the film's trailers for having that glossy-grey digital b&w look, i think it works wonderfully in the film itself, perhaps the first time it ever has for me. that's largely because this is such a knowingly digital film, deliberately draining its images of texture such that they appear only part-rendered. the flat and angular design of coen's castle…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    it's so important that this movie is evil.

  • tick, tick...BOOM!

    tick, tick...BOOM!

    andrew garfield is often quite good when he works with good directors. unfortunately here he had to work with lin manuel miranda which led him to making a series of disastrous choices, resulting in this absolute trainwreck performance. he's deployed this whole camp gay schtick a couple times before and it's cringeworthy at the best of times. here i'd call it the most homophobic depiction of a straight man in cinematic history. lin manuel miranda please never make a movie ever again

  • Belle

    Belle

    it's been done

  • Speed Racer

    Speed Racer

    colors on a 35mm print are insane, it really was like seeing it again for the first time. crazy how this movie starts with among the best-edited 15 minutes of any movie ever made and then ends with the most rousing blockbuster moment in history.

  • Inland Empire

    Inland Empire

    referring to my Mulholland Dr review from a couple months ago, if that was the pilot then this is the season one compilation film, or perhaps a collection of viral marketing webisodes. lynch transforms Mulholland's more "old hollywood " exploration of sexual exploitation (with its somewhat neater "shiny surface and dark underbelly" structure) for the ascendant age of digital cinema, where that grime and confusion and violence comes in a constant barrage of sound and vision. there's nothing seductive or…

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    this film is so much smarter than everyone who hates on it lol

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    did you know that the reason most detransitioners give for doing it isn't that they didn't want to be trans, or it wasn't right for them. it's actually because the people in their lives, the world around them, made it impossible to continue.

    will rewatch, more to say after, it's a blessing