• We Are Your Friends

    We Are Your Friends

    ★★★½

    Fourth viewing; watched August 2015, March 2020, and May 2020. 

    Wanted to check this one out again since it’s been a while. Still works for the most part, mostly because of my connection with the plot and the appreciation for this kind of movie, since they don’t really get made these days (and since this bombed at the box office so spectacularly, probably never will get made for a while, if ever). Listen — there are so many ways this…

  • From Up on Poppy Hill

    From Up on Poppy Hill

    ★★★★

    REJECT MODERNITY.

  • The Boy and the Beast

    The Boy and the Beast

    ★★★½

    Was really enjoying this until the final act, which felt a little too tonally off from the rest of the film and quite shooed-in. Regardless, the first 90-100 minutes are great, perfect balance of humor and drama with a powerful punch (no pun intended) and a good message. The world building in particular is really done and paired with the beautiful animation, is most definitely worth recommending. Somewhere between a 3 and a 3.5 because I found the last 30 minutes to be ROUGH, but definitely recommendable.

  • Monster

    Monster

    ★★½

    Honestly shocked this actually got released, since it premiered at Sundance back in 2018 and has kinda just been sitting there for three years. Movie itself is okay — It has its moments, its flaws as well, but I’m mostly impressed at the cast of this. Probably one of the most impressively stacked groups of people in a film I’ve seen lately, and Kelvin’s performance in particular is great. But as a film, I found it to be almost perfectly passable — not terrible, not great, that’s about all.

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★½

    More rewarding with every revisit. I completely understand all of the criticisms of this — given that I once was in the same boat, shrugging this off for its cheap thrills at the price of little character development and *interesting* sound editing choices. But taken face-value as Nolan’s Bond/Mission:Impossible film, there’s so much to enjoy. From the incredible set pieces to the brilliant visual effects to Görannson’s booming score, it sure is 150 minutes that absolutely fly by and a…

  • Devilman Crybaby

    Devilman Crybaby

    ★★

    Oof. I put off watching this for over half a year (back when I first discovered Yuasa’s work) just because it looked so different from his other work, and it honestly just didn’t seem as interesting as his slice-of-life stories. I really tried, and there are some cool ideas at play here, but there’s just too much going on for me to take away anything truly tangible. And while I usually respect the craziness, this felt mostly tiring to watch…

  • We're All Going to the World's Fair

    We're All Going to the World's Fair

    ★½

    Wow, this didn’t work for me at all. I’ve been waiting to see this since Sundance because I heard good things and the plot seemed intriguing, but unfortunately, this completely fell flat. I think the concept is interesting and Schoenbrun uses space and tone in a really fascinating way to communicate the film’s various themes and ideas, but I found myself more disinterested than not for pretty much the entire runtime (which definitely felt much longer than 86 minutes). Disappointing.

  • 22 Jump Street

    22 Jump Street

    ★★★½

    "I thought we had Cate Blanchett for the budget?!"

  • Given

    Given

    ★★½

    Couldn’t get into with the series all that much, and my opinion is pretty much the same with this movie as well. Although I appreciate the dive into the lives of the lesser-explored characters, the film still falls a little short for me in a bunch of different aspects. Really wish I had enjoyed this and the series more, maybe I’ll give it another shot in a couple months from now.

  • Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    ★★★

    or: what if an SNL skit was 107 minutes long and actually funny?

  • Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad

    Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad

    ★★★★

    Very special. First few episodes weren't my jam at all, but once the show and its main plot gets rolling, it rarely ever loses steam. The story is spectacular and engaging, all of the main characters (in the band, at least) are so likeable, and the story progression is just so well done. By about five episodes I just wanted to binge the entire thing, and "Full Moon Sways" (and pretty much all of the other songs in this) have…

  • Shutter Island

    Shutter Island

    ★★★

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

    My twelfth Scorsese film and honestly at this point, I’ve learned to just trust him with the film runtimes (among so many other things). No matter how many minutes any of his films are, they never feel nearly as long. Didn’t love the movie itself as much as I was hoping to, not sure why because I love all of the individual parts but the film just doesn’t work for me as much as I wish it did. Leo’s performance…