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  • Remember the Night

    Remember the Night

    ★★½

    A fairly odd piece, although enjoyable enough. I think there's good reason why this one hasn't really stood the test of time though. It flounders a lot of the time and the tropes of the time are grating, not endearing like others.

  • The Ref

    The Ref

    ★★★½

    I'd definitely count it a Christmas movie. But, it's also just a damn good movie period.

  • Bad Santa

    Bad Santa

    ★★★½

    While it doesn't hold up all that well, it was damn enjoyable simply being exactly what it was trying to be.

  • Clouds of Sils Maria

    Clouds of Sils Maria

    ★★★★½

    I've come to hate the word meta. It's overused in so many aspects of entertainment that it's meaning is hollow, trite even. Yet, here, I'm going to use it to describe this film. Because that's Assayas's point. Within the meta aspects of these characters and their story, even story within a story, we're to find truth. Sometimes it's obvious, but it's not simple or comfortable. But layers upon layers reveal truths, especially when they're pulled away. The truths don't come…

  • Lilo & Stitch

    Lilo & Stitch

    ★★★★

    While watching this for the first time, I was dumbfounded that this was Disney. Because, it feels nothing like Disney. It's completely crazy, zany, off the wall-ness is not a root vibe that Disney trots out on the front lawn (that's DreamWorks), but somehow it all works, and works rather well. It's grounded in emotion and laugh out loud humor, and an Elvis soundtrack, and it always seems to circumnavigate the usual narrative arcs of animated with this crazy mash-up…

  • Finding Dory

    Finding Dory

    ★★★½

    Turns out Dory's story isn't as interesting, amusing, or as emotionally impactful as Nemo's. Though, I'd say the title has more a double entendre this time around but the story seems to add up to less. The beauty of the first film is how the simplicity of it all manages to turn into something magical. Here, so many forced narrative beats and humorous characters add up to just too much - and they usually manage these well. While a perfectly fine Pixar film, it doesn't reach their heights of the first or the heights of the company's better films.

  • Swiss Army Man

    Swiss Army Man

    ★★★★

    I'm still not sure what the hell this is, nor even if it's great or not, but it won't be leaving my brain any time soon.

  • O.J.: Made in America

    O.J.: Made in America

    ★★★★★

    My gosh, it is not just a comprehensive journalistic achievement, but a monumental commentary on race for our times that informs and educates not just about the past, but also the present we're living in - even by just chronicling one man's story. At almost eight hours, it still manages to feel too short.

  • Sausage Party

    Sausage Party

    ★★★½

    A crude, crass, dumb, hilarious, brilliant satire of our times that finishes with a food sex orgy. Can it get any better? No, no it cannot.

  • The Lobster

    The Lobster

    ★★★★½

    Lanthimos rebelled against family (Dogtooth), religion (Alps) and here, it's love he tackles. And, of course, it ends up being a tender love story. And the deliberateness isn't so jarring as it was in his previous entries, but more satire that show's society as a whole with their broad flaws on display. A fascinating piece I will revisit.

  • Café Society

    Café Society

    ★★★

    Woody Allen has a good film like every other or every second film. And the pleasantness of one of his good ones, especially the glow with which it's shot. It affects its setting so very well. And the story is a good one (sometimes his are so razor thin these days), but his leads feel out of place (Stewart and Eisenberg both) and the logistics of the third act feel out of place for the way the beats had fallen for the rest of the narrative. Beautiful but forgettable Woody.

  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    ★★★½

    My mancrush on Andy Samberg continues. What surprised me most was that seemed as though it would just be a SNL sketch stretch to feature length thinness, but that they not only come up with a decent story, but with the kind of layers of honesty within the utter ridiculousness is a feat not found in these kind of mocumentaries too often, much less the music ones. It becomes broad showbiz satire ultimately and that what rises above the barely recognizable others.