• The Palm Beach Story

    The Palm Beach Story

    ★★★★

    I knew this would be a delight when that bonkers opening credits sequence happened. I'd die for the Wienie King. The most realistic part of this is when the rich guy says "Tipping is un-American". The ending is WILD as shit. #Justice4Toto

  • Tenebre

    Tenebre

    ★★★½

    Someone call an exorcist for that damn dog

    (Also, Daria fucking Nicolodi!)

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    !!!!!!

  • Summer Wars

    Summer Wars

    ★★★★★

    This fucken rules

  • Shock Treatment

    Shock Treatment

    ★★★★

    Rocky Horror WISHES

  • Shanghai Express

    Shanghai Express

    ★★★½

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

    Beautiful atmosphere. Very dreamlike and desolate, with some quietly dazzling imagery (the best of it involving Marlene Dietrich, who we'll get to in a moment) that makes a striking, fascinating piece of cinema out of a script that's very imperfect, if still fairly good. Lush but not overly ostentatious, Josef von Sternberg's direction in tandem with James Wong Howe and Lee Garmes' cinematography form the film's first "secret weapon".

    As for Dietrich herself, her performance is the film's other "secret…

  • Opening Night

    Opening Night

    ★★★★

    Gena fucking Rowlands! And her super-rad chunky '70s sunglasses!

    Not gonna lie, I spent about the first hour of the movie in "This is good, but I think I respect it more than I like it" mode, but then there was one excellent scene that made the movie finally click into place, and I found myself really invested in the rest of the movie. I can't wait to rewatch it and see how the film as a whole stacks up upon repeat viewings.

  • Uptight

    Uptight

    ★★★★★

    Knocked me flat. A masterpiece, and it's unbelievably sobering that it seems like not much has changed in the 50 years since this film's release.

  • The Heartbreak Kid

    The Heartbreak Kid

    ★★★½

    This man...I don't know a worse person. Lila should have murdered him and sent his body to a dog food factory.

  • Wild Strawberries

    Wild Strawberries

    ★★★½

    Tfw the strawberries are wild

  • Mermaid's Scar

    Mermaid's Scar

    ★★★★

    Now that's a good one-shot OVA!

    This was really solid. I appreciate how the plot draws from a few different "flavors" of horror to craft a story that, while not as indelibly horrifying or visceral as certain examples of the genre, ends up being eerie and haunting in a way that quietly gets under your skin. You've got some body horror (of both the gushing blood and grody monsters varieties), a healthy dose of psychological horror (with a strong existential…

  • Winnie the Pooh

    Winnie the Pooh

    ★★★★

    Serotonin