• Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard

    The best NYE movie.

  • 12 Angry Men

    12 Angry Men

    This is a perfect film.

  • A Face in the Crowd

    A Face in the Crowd

    Sleazy Wood Gutherie meets Donald Draper and I'm here for it.

  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    Beautiful, brutal, purposefully uneven perfection. For me it's as good of a divorce drama as Kramer vs Kramer. The true tragedy is Baumbach has given Netflix two classics now that may be some of his least seen movies.

  • Parasite

    Parasite

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

    Why The Peach
    I love food on film. Here Bong Joon-Ho uses food as a subtle indicator of power. We open on the Kim family hungry and broke void of power working for a pizza company which uses its power to get cheaper labor for the Kim family.

    The meat of our plot starts when the son in the Kim family is given the chance to tutor for a wealthy family. The wealthy family is the Park family and through…

  • Psycho

    Psycho

    Hooptober 6.0

    Three Thoughts:
    1. This score is a masterpiece. Especially the cues used in Act 1.
    2. Love having the overhead as its own visual theme that comes back, signaling the dark nature of a conversation that with normal coverage wouldn't have nearly the tension or subtext.
    3. The filmmaking in this really feels like a "best of" Hitchcock at times.

  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist

    Hooptober 6

    It's been at least a decade since I've seen this and my feelings on it have changed a lot. The wilder parts are very good but I tend to appreciate the moments of mystery more now in all their impending doom.

    Also, I'd completely forgot the opening which is really beautifully shot and caught me off guard. Some really great directing throughout.

  • The Stepford Wives

    The Stepford Wives

    Hooptober 6.0

    Quick Thoughts

    - Interesting to see the similarities between this and Ira Levine's other big one "Rosemary's Baby." Especially when thinking about how Ari Aster the past couple years has put out two films with a bunch of similarities. Ultimately with both creators I'm very glad they made similar work and don't think it takes away from one having the other BUT to me in both cases one film is clearly better than the other.

    - I think…

  • The Landlord

    The Landlord

    The Landlord is imperfect showcase Ashby's fantastic sense for elevating a script through direction. Specifically Ashby plays with the viewers perspective to present them with slightly surreal cinematic sidebars similar to what Mike Mills is doing now 40-50 years later. Ashby presents an emotional or symbolic representation of a moment rather than being completely grounded in his representation of events that happen.

    A few things in the writing hold the landlord back from being one of Ashby's very best. Notably,…

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    Hooptober 6.0
    Bonus Film

    Notes from this watch:
    - The comedy of Jack Nicholson's performance is brilliant! I always think of it as creepy but its so fun and maybe a bit charming at the same time.
    - The lighting in the one on one bar scene is brilliant, lighting from below like a campfire where you tell stories.
    - The hazier look throughout is PERFECT and never feels inauthentic
    - Outside of the production design that's always impossible to…

  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    A masterpiece of pure hypnotic original character.

    Honestly, I could have EASILY watched a movie about (this version of) Marlowe and his cat or Sterling Hayden's character throwing ragers that put him in rehab once a month

  • Carrie

    Carrie

    Hooptober 6.0
    I told every film enthusiast I know I wasn’t a DePalma fan then I rewatched this MASTERPIECE and am sweating profusely.