• It's Such a Beautiful Day

    It's Such a Beautiful Day

    ★★★★★

    This is hardly going to be a review because I don't think that I could ever review something so personal and deeply intertwined with my own life. So, what you're about to read is going to be a sort of diary entry and if I'm going to be honest with ya, it's because I need it.

    Isn't Everything Amazing?

    My grandpa died of Alzheimer's, a few months after his funeral I watched this film for the first time.
    At the…

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★★★

    There is everything that has come before, and then there is “Titane;” a film so drenched in motor oil, trauma, meaning and uniqueness, that there is no possible way to prepare oneself for the otherworldly experience of watching this film. “Titane” is a thrillingly confident, multi-layered and uncompromising vision from Julia Ducournau that deposits the viewer directly into its director’s headspace. It shines in a genre mostly known for its repulsive visuals as this film give more than just its…

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    There are things we say to strangers, there are things we say to family and friends, and, finally, there are things we say, privately, to ourselves or to God. Inner wishes that we dare not let anyone else in on, intimacies of our deepest desires, things just beyond our grasp that eat away at us until we have to say them to someone, even if that someone is ourselves or God. The deep, secret yearnings of the soul, manifestations of…

  • The Turin Horse

    The Turin Horse

    ★★★★★

    An apocalyptic tale of human survival in a godless world, Béla Tarr’s The Turin Horse is a graceful rebuke to the hypnotic temptations of nothingness.
    Like a nihilistic antithesis to the Book of Genesis, The Turin Horse dismantles the world in six days, passing from cosmic order to dark nothingness. Tarr’s existential story is captured in sumptuous black and white, and builds around a slow discovery of his characters’ lives. Narratively stark and possessing an austerity of tone that eschews…

  • The Servant

    The Servant

    ★★★★½

    Last night I watched “The Servant” starring Dirk Bogarde, James Fox and Sarah Miles. This is one of those films that leaves you staring at the screen, mouth agape, wondering what the heck you just saw. It is eerie, uncomfortable, unsettling, disturbing and FANTASTIC. Tightly constructed, highly intense, and confined in space, “The Servant” is a probing psychological drama about the relationships among four individuals whose paths crisscross and it conveys the absolute coldness of the central characters towards any…

  • Stand by Me

    Stand by Me

    ★★★★★

    “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12. Jesus, does anyone?” These words signal the end of Stand by Me, Rob Reiner’s classic 1986 film and imo one of the greatest coming-of-age stories ever told. They pinpoint in a single breath the peculiar state occupied by people as they’re growing up, encompassing the onset of puberty, the move to the next stage of school and the fast approaching realities of adulthood –…

  • Nashville

    Nashville

    ★★★★★

    Nashville depicts a political microcosm of cultural self-obsession, of whores and hypocrisy, of revered celebrities and their power. It has a dizzying scope, compacting the exploits of twenty-four characters across four days into 160 minutes. But it still allows time for soliloquies and murmured exchanges, because its breadth is backed up by formal density. Nashville feels less a movie to watch than a kind of place to be in; these are four days in the life of twenty-four characters, whose…

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★½

    An extraterrestrial falls to Earth and snatches the body of Scarlett Johansson, cuing up an interrogation of what it means to be mortal that convincingly inhabits a space outside the human. I’ll just start off with the fact that I found the film highly bizarre, profound in meaning, and extremely deliberate in its visual and auditory metaphors. Some call it a masterpiece, others found it too slow and jarring, thus losing its intended meaning in a sea of haunting confusion.…

  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    ★★★★★

    Dear Zachary is a documentary by an average guy—Kurt Kuenne—who set out to make an homage film about his best friend who was tragically murdered. First off, I would feel incredibly cheap if I gave away any plot details, because I feel it is necessary to experience it as the filmmaker presents it — for this movie is ostensibly a journey for both the filmmaker and the viewer. It’s not an average film. It’s a masterpiece that had me in…

  • Strange Days

    Strange Days

    ★★★★½

    A sci-fi thriller/noir that’s prescient even now, in 2021. released in 1995? To say it's ahead of its time would be like dropping a 1967 Chevelle into Victorian England and calling it advanced. Strange Days, from a bird’s-eye view, is this: at the dawn of the new millennium, the United States is a powder keg waiting to blow. A “futuristic” noir tale that’s caught up with its future, like many before it. With a multitude of themes, from the crumbling…

  • The Red Shoes

    The Red Shoes

    ★★★★★

    True desire for what we want burns and yet we so often repress it. What is it that we really, truly want from life? It’s a recurring question at the heart of Powell and Pressburger’s, The Red Shoes. The movie is about the level of personal sacrifice and dedication practicing any art at a high level requires. In a way, it reminded me of Black Swan. Desire and the questions it poses are essential to Black Narcissus, I Know Where…

  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★★½

    Manchester by the Sea is a stunning, mournful film about a man’s struggle between honouring his brother’s wishes and protecting himself from his awful past. It tells the story of a man as he deals with his brother’s death and a past tragedy that continually affects him. The despondent and tragic man in question is Lee Chandler, an apartment handyman and janitor in the wintery Quincy neighborhood of Boston, played by Casey Affleck. An inescapable misery surrounds his lowly routine…