• Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★★

    This was touching and hit so much deeper than I thought it could. It’s about how your purpose can change over time. Things change, time passes, and so can your purpose, and that does not make someone worthless or less than. Pretty existential for a kids movie! Also, the tears flowed towards the end of the movie. 

    Saw this as a double feature with 20th Century Women, which oddly linked up really well thematically.

    The movie feels really somber for some…

  • 20th Century Women

    20th Century Women

    ★★★★

    This movie uses time in such an interesting way- it captures that wistful feeling of time passing. It’s about those in-between phases in life. 


    Everyone in the film is at a point where their life is held up by some sort of roadblock- emotional, physical, or even both. Towards the end, we learn that things have moved on for them. What we see in the movie was just a moment in time for these characters. 

    Things may seem so big and difficult and confusing right now, but time passes, and you end up somewhere else eventually.

  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★★★★

    I’m always caught off guard by how tender this movie is, while also feeling so achingly somber and wistful. Like remembering warm memories, long gone. 

    A line that stays with me, repeating in my head is Amy stating, defiantly, “I want to be great, or nothing.”

    Such a special movie.

  • Lovers Rock

    Lovers Rock

    ★★★★½

    Beautiful. Love seeing my Jamaicans on screen! 

    The energy of this is so palpable— electric, warm and passionate. 

    This essentially just follows a house party from the beginning to the end, but it manages to capture so many emotions, and that innate human desire to enjoy things together. 

    A particular sequence in this is so powerful, especially considering the state of the isolated world we live in these days. The whole thing is directed well, but that scene is so excellently directed that it just makes you wonder how it was even pulled off at all.

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★★

    Adding this retroactively. 

    Loved this movie. Hit a sweet spot of wacky, goofy Groundhogs-Day shenanigans, while maintaining a surprising amount of heart. 

    Creative and genuinely funny. This was such a treat to watch during the middle of the summer when the pandemic was peaking and all consuming.

  • The Assistant

    The Assistant

    ★★★★

    This movie is so effectively upsetting, and so well done.

    It’s about #MeToo, but it also serves as a palpable way for the audience to experience the frustration and helplessness many women faced and currently struggle with in a toxic workplace like this one. It shows how the people in power in this country have too much control over our dreams and aspirations. This is all done in a way that doesn’t feel caricatured or hyper-stylized, which helps it pack a bigger punch when the movie is over. 

    This movie also shows the horrors of HR. 

    Once again— pretty upsetting movie, but really good.

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★½

    Goofy, confusing, exciting sci-fi version of a James Bond movie.

    Ton of fun, sensory overload at times, kind of hard to hear or even understand what was going on sometimes. Lots of exposition that just flies by. 

    There were multiple points where I burst out laughing after someone in the movie says some crazy convoluted gibberish about time inversions. This felt almost like a Nolan-crafted parody of a Nolan movie. 

    I had a hard time deciding how I felt about it, but…

  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    ★★★★½

    This hit hard for me. 

    It’s quiet, heartbreaking, and so moving.

    The journey of these two girls paints a picture of the struggle that women in this country face to obtain the care they need.

    You also feel the crushing weight of how men at every turn have built a system and established a culture which exploits and subjugates women constantly, in small and large ways. From the gross boss at the grocery store, to someone’s father.

  • Trainspotting

    Trainspotting

    ★★★½

    Painful to watch at points, bitingly funny at others. 

    I’m unsure of how much this movie has to say. It’s fun in an uncomfortable, almost dangerous way, which pretty smartly ties right into the experience of these characters and their own personal dilemmas. 

    Either way, such an engaging, exciting movie.

  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    ★★★

    Essentially a copy-paste of Home Alone, but a lesser version.

    The antics are fun, though. 

    Kevin really knows how to befriend the elderly!

  • To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

    To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

    ★★

    Bland and kind of lifeless. 

    The first one at least had a bit of charm to it, but this just felt so surface-level and artificial. 

    Did not enjoy this.

  • A Bad Moms Christmas

    A Bad Moms Christmas

    ★★

    Bad