• Klute

    Klute

    ★★★★½

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

    There are so many gorgeous shots in this movie that demand that you think about them-- what they say about the characters, what emotion they're evoking, their composition-- it practically turns you into a film guy at gunpoint. Tough.

    It is really an incredible film with intensely magnetic performances. The actress for Bree is so good at not being either vulnerable or cocky completely in any given moment, and yet of course being both, and the silent sullen morality of…

  • Spectre

    Spectre

    Mediocre at being a James Bond movie, which is all a James Bond movie can be. Some ok setpieces (liked the Mexico scenes at the beginning ok, e.g., simply for their deranged quality) but mostly fairly halfhearted and boring. Also the attempt to give James Bond Psychology is done both hamfistedly and with less actual emotion than any of the other films I've seen, and he has about -5 chemistry with the lead actress, who seems like his daughter and not merely due to an age gap. Yawn.

  • Intolerable Cruelty

    Intolerable Cruelty

    When the main actor here is hilarious, he really is hilarious-- so great performance there. And very, very funny lines throughout. If you were grading on a curve for the Coen brothers, since they're capable of such good things and this is decidedly not their best work, it would really be two stars maybe. There really isn't a sense, like in their best films, of what this movie is *trying to say* (besides, loosely, be a send-up of the romantic…

  • Things to Come

    Things to Come

    a really well made film about the emptiness at the heart of intellectual life today. The grad student-esque anarchist-esque annoying ass commune/house was really the cherry. Beautifully realized details on ultimately sort of uninteresting subject matter; not quite expansive enough in vision or thoughtful enough in aesthetics to be wholly a success, but still very much worth a watch.

  • Summer Hours

    Summer Hours

    ★★★★

    A movie that is like a painting in its sense for beautiful little visual detail. A classic little musing-- what is the purpose of art? that leaves the sense at the end that perhaps it is enough to meander through a beautiful field for a while, and that life goes on. Very French, very lovely.

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    Thought I was going to like this movie based on the first bit. Did not! Once it ventured from the source material (not in a literal sense but in genuinely inspired weird medieval vibes) it really lost its way. The whole meandering through bizarre vignettes on a fun adventure section was trite and lacked visual spark, and the ending third or so was muddled and emotionally unfocused. The first 20-30 minutes or so were genuinely very good though-- King Arthur…

  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    one of the most chud movies of all time. I say this not as a moral judgment exactly (though it is also that) but just that, in its pores, this movie is repulsive. repulsive politically, repulsive aesthetically (its absolute fetish for the guns and trucks it features in every glittering shot it can-- god), repulsive shitty dialogue and repulsive characters. The music is unbelievably bad-- ruins every moment with its brazenly bad taste and on-the-nose quality, edited in such a…

  • Veronica Guerin

    Veronica Guerin

    incomprehensibly blames drugs in Ireland on the IRA at points??? hilarious 90s fever dream wrapped up in early aughts reactionary impulse. impossible to take too seriously.

  • Night Moves

    Night Moves

    a classic in "cucked guy cinema." Sort of formulaic and sort of confusing, neither aesthetically uninteresting nor terribly gripping. I don't feel comfortable saying I fully got the film, really. But I feel even less certain saying that there was much going on there.

  • Ivan Vasilyevich Changes His Profession

    Ivan Vasilyevich Changes His Profession

    ★★★★½

    hilarious, hilarious caper. acting was great, absurd costumery and set dressing great, the whole thing top-notch. not much to be said other than extremely worth a watch

  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★½

    Was thinking about what I could say about this movie (watched it a while ago) and I think my main takeaway was oddly how beautifully it captured (aesthetically, atmospherically, sparsely yet totally) 1980s America-- not as it was (I wouldn't know anyway) but in how the decade reads historically. Sociopathic, empty, a weird transition between a culture of frontier Manifest Destiny brutality and neoliberal (sorry) slickness and sheen. Also it must be said-- the dialogue was sharp and used sparingly and better for it. Film isn't a written medium. Great movie.

  • Air Force One

    Air Force One

    Honestly watched this like two months ago while very ill so I mostly remember drinking tea and how cold my feet were. The performances were fun and the premise so insane as to be gripping. The ending is insanely bloated and done clearly just to have some extra scenes of the president flying the plane or whatever. In summation, the nineties! What a time.