• 8 Women

    8 Women

    ★★★★★

    I can’t stop crying. This was so beautiful. Feels like a fever dream of mine made this. It’s a murder mystery, [exclusively] hanging out with a bunch of cool ladies, set in the 50s, in a snowy mansion, that’s all about breaking through false communication to bear the soul, with a farcical wimsy, a meta-awareness of all its direct influences, embracing theatricality without any self consciousness, and oh yeah, it’s also a musical. How am I supposed to not watch…

  • It Follows

    It Follows

    ★★★★★

    After the first time, it can never be about love; it’s simply about who can handle your baggage. 

    Actually the best part about this is that you can map on a plethora of sexual or death related metaphors, and they’ll all have legs to stand on, because it IS thinking about all of them. Think my first sentence is the North Star, but this thing is laser focused on the idea of the childish fears of the unknown, and the…

  • Fear Street: 1666

    Fear Street: 1666

    ★★★

    Can anyone give an actual reason why the two halves weren't split into their own movies? I mean, other than money, of course. But especially when 1978 was so useless. I get wanting things to be neat with the idea of a trilogy, but even though this was by far the best one, it still was plagued by it's own design, ultimately feeling more like a missed/wasted opportunity than anything else. If this was fleshed into two 90 minute features,…

  • The Cranes Are Flying

    The Cranes Are Flying

    ★★★★★

    This movie is insane. A scrumptious visual feast, that really focuses on the ideas that whether it's the internal pangs of love/desire, or the external horrors of war/society, the world is solely made to destroy youth/happiness. It definitely gets as dour as you would suspect, taking cues from both the thesis being examined, as well as the time and place it's from, but ultimately pits the only defense humanity may actually have in a triumphant counterpoint; hope and perseverance, of…

  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    ★★★★★

    Beyond surreal in a theater, but I liked being able to hear it so loud. I still think to actually talk about it in any sort of depth defeats the purpose. Mostly like this as a mega intense flex of genuinely crafting something through 100% deliberate choices; cringe and all.

    All Eyes On Me was transcendent.

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★½

    Deeply felt, startlingly unique, genuinely funny in a subtle way, and subverts expectations constantly along the way. Definitely felt myself say out loud multiple times in the theater, "what the hell is this?" in the best possible way. Have two decently major issues which holds it back from me calling it a favorite (needed at least 15 minutes (would've preferred 30) of prologue time before the first major event happens, and most of the shaky camera work was grating without…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★★★

    Lol, yeah this is definitely my favorite movie. That was silly to think it could be something else. 

    Watch number 16 and I had one million new thoughts, and more revelations of both character and plot I didn’t think was possible. Felt like the first watch again, somehow. Truly a gift that will never stop giving being that it’s so dense, by the end, it’s hard to put anything into words, because the whole thing is replicating the experience of existence.…

  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    ★★★★★

    There’s a world where this is my favorite movie. Hell, might even be this one. Upon my last rewatch, my theory was absolutely confirmed, that there’s a direct one to one from this to Inherent Vice. I mean, this is what movies are to me. It encapsulates quite literally everything, with a wit of shockingly still relevant awareness, and doing so when it did just adds a way heftier punch. Might be the synthesis of American Ideology (and all it’s…

  • Bulletproof

    Bulletproof

    ★½

    This movie is literal fucking nonsense lol

  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    ★★★★★

    Finally got my Dad to watch it, and he actually loved it! Seriously blows me away every time just how amazing this is. An unassailable juggling act of perfection. If I’m laughing, or marveling at a scene, or even talking, the next moment my body can be tingling with terror, just. like. that. Seriously think it’s pretty perfectly constructed/written, and executed so well that any “flaws” are irrelevant. It’s atmosphere is thick, and the sound design is among the best…

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★½

    The first 45, and the climax/ending (Top 10 of all time material) are pretty much the best thing ever; everything else varies from amazing to merely good and occasionally just fine. De Palma loses sight sometimes when he gets caught up in orchestration, but it’s easily forgivable. Also clearly the best movie to watch on the 4th henceforth. God Bless America in all its hubristic influenced ignorance 🇺🇸

    Oh, the music is pretty bad throughout; sorry not sorry.

  • Election 2

    Election 2

    ★★★★½

    Never forget who’s really in charge.

    Feels of a piece with the first, and in the future can’t imagine ever not watching them back to back. Similar to how Godfather and Part 2 feel like one long movie in my mind. Need more To in my life for sure. Ultimately like the first more, but this gets real deep in the home stretch and it’s conclusion bumped it up half a star. Obviously great stuff before the end too, with some scenes/moments I know I’ll never be able to forget. 

    Lit.