• Blue Bayou

    Blue Bayou

    ★★★★

    Relevant as ever, Blue Bayou handles grief, past trauma, and family so delicately, even if we don’t need to see the flashbacks that many times. Each character is motivated by something in particular. Chon’s motorcycle cruises through the wasteland that is Louisiana searching for his answers. No one should have to fight for their freedom and this understands that pain, scene after scene. I wanted to see more of Vikander admittedly, however this film will resonate with me for a…

  • Free Guy

    Free Guy

    Kind of just takes the concept of video games and relates it to real life. Cool cast, I mainly watched this for Jodie Comer.

  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    ★★★½

    Hey this was actually much better than the 2018 one for me. It has some cool moments and even though Laurie is more of a sideline character here, it still works. It's not quite realistic but it's brutal and doesn't hold back, which is what I wanted to see instead of her chasing him around again. It definitely serves it's purpose as a filler film though to setup the next one. I thought the pacing and teasing character's screen time…

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    A Streetcar Named Desire

    ★★★½

    Vivien Leigh absolutely owns this. It’s no wonder she got the Oscar. I’ll have to admit I wasn’t expecting such a dark story and Brando feels very overbearing in this. As someone who hasn’t seen the stage adaptation, I think I would’ve benefited from seeing that prior to the film adaptation. From what I’ve heard it’s more tame than this. Not to discredit Leigh as an actress but she felt distant from the others, admiring herself she loved fantasy. Assuming that’s the intention of the play, it surely works theatrically rather than this adaptation’s tonal mess.

  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★

    It took me five viewings to finish watching this.

    Melodramatic and monotone- people call this realism and style? Where? Perhaps it's just because I really don't care about this genre of filmmaking anymore unless it's done with engaging characters, but at the end of this I thought Eady was cool and that's about it. Also Pacino and DeNiro are some of my least favorite actors- they're nearly always in scummy roles and I could care less about this prominently male cast.

  • Scenes from a Marriage

    Scenes from a Marriage

    ★★★★★

    ”I remember someone said it was like a piece of tape that you rip off and try to reapply…that’ll stick again maybe but it’s never going to be like the first time.” 
    An eternity of loving, humbling the man in the relationship, nurturing one another in their own inexplicit ways. Isaac and Chastain breathe a dimensional world into their characters, reminding us of our own “superiority mortalities”. The house serves as a location that the body remembers shared trauma, or…

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★½

    Let’s get to the elephant out of the room- Ana de Armas is the best part about this for me. The Cuba sequence is electric and she is absolutely the next “Marilyn Monroe” ironic because she’s playing her in the biopic.
     So for the first half of this film, I’m sold. Bond is this vulnerable person and briefly domesticated only to fall back into a killing machine in the second half. Rami Malek’s villain actually made a lot of sense,…

  • Funny Games

    Funny Games

    ★★★★

    Part of HOOPTOBER 8.0 
    Overall I get what it’s going for and it certainly leaves the viewer sour- but it’s well made and I respect it! Will I ever watch it again though? Nope.

  • After Blue (Dirty Paradise)

    After Blue (Dirty Paradise)

    ★★★

    Nightstream Virtual Festival 21 
    Yeah this wasn’t what I was expecting at all- but pleasantly surprised me more so? I kept saying I felt like I had seen it before and I did watch his Apocalypse After. I feel like he reimagines neon landscapes- sometimes I felt like I was watching a gaillo horror film and then sometimes it felt like something from the pre-talkie era. You can tell his work is diverse across all genres. I don’t by any means grasp everything here but it’s certainly engaging. Curious about his other work now…also cool festival. Might check out other premieres.

  • Let the Right One In

    Let the Right One In

    ★★★★½

    Part of HOOPTOBER 8.0
    I love this vampire flick mainly because it doesn't feel the need to explain all the rules of being one, or rather throughout visual tragedy conveys something bittersweet that isn't often done correctly to feel empathetically for these creatures. Oskar and Eli are beloved characters, excellently played by Kare Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson. This film just really works- it's main characters share a similar struggle, one requires blood to literally survive, and the other just wants…

  • Finding Vivian Maier

    Finding Vivian Maier

    ★★★½

    Love is the most powerful thing in the world-evident throughout the prolific photography of Vivian Maier.

  • The Man with the Golden Arm

    The Man with the Golden Arm

    ★★★½

    For some reason I thought he was going to loose his actual arm and attach a golden bionic arm and I thought wow Otto is so ahead of his time that’ll look sick! 

    Kim Novak is iconic. Time to binge her filmography. Known for Vertigo.