• An Elephant Sitting Still

    An Elephant Sitting Still

    "What else am I gonna do?"

  • Like Father, Like Son

    Like Father, Like Son


    *me crying uncontrollably after deciding to watch this at the end of a very difficult weekend*: woops oops uh oh oh no oops woopsie oh no oopsie doodle

  • Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

    Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

    Exactly what I hoped for.

    Also, I am a giant nerd and so got weirdly excited to hear a character talking about New Jersey at the beginning of a Hungarian film.

  • The Fever

    The Fever

    Fantastic sound work in this.

  • Simple Men

    Simple Men

    My Pal, Hal

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

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

    I just love it when my friends also become friends with each other.

  • The Discarnates

    The Discarnates

    This was the first Obayashi my buddy and I watched for our project but we thought it would be fun to revisit it when we got back to where it is chronologically.

    Genuinely scary, but mostly full of longing, grief, and loneliness. Like all the best ghost stories.

    Particularly struck this time by how the movie begins with a lack of color and harsher lighting in the lead’s apartment and office. But whenever he returns to his old home we see the warm light and colors that we’ve come to expect from Obayashi at this point. He’s welcome.

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    I've been Snyderpilled.

    I remember back when the first Man of Steel trailer came out, the one with Russell Crowe's monologue set to Zimmer's theme and various poetic shots, I got chills in the theater. It felt like the Superman that I always loved and had a weird relationship with. I made a lot of "Crying about Superman" jokes that summer. Of course, that movie didn't deliver.

    So it was much to my delight that Snyder made me cry…

  • Center Stage

    Center Stage

    Haven't cried at a movie like this in a while. Beautiful throughout but I was often especially moved by the recreations of lost films. A work of summoning.

  • Deadwood: The Movie

    Deadwood: The Movie

    "The Hog of the Forsaken
    well, he ain't like you and I
    with bones always breakin'
    an' no place to go an' lie
    he sit in the bog so dark and wet
    he got so much time
    he ain't even worried yet"

    So, I really held off on watching this. For years I was devastated that we only ever got 3 seasons of this show. When the movie finally seemed to be happening, I was so happy I'd get to…

  • The Little Things

    The Little Things

    Honestly, watching this film is one of the times I have missed seeing movies in a theater the most over the last year. This is the exact kind of thing I love maybe even a little bit more than the actually good or great films. This is the thing I spend an early afternoon on, or go see at 10 PM on a Friday when everyone else is busy and I don't feel like being home. There really is something,…

  • Bound for the Fields, the Mountains, and the Seacoast

    Bound for the Fields, the Mountains, and the Seacoast

    My good buddy Katie and I have been slowly making our way through all of Obayashi's film in order. It's been an extremely rewarding project, I don't think there's been a single film of his I haven't loved to some degree. This one, though, might be a contender for best I've yet seen from him.

    It's a testament to Obayashi's skill that he's able to start off in a very silly, whimsical place (my buddy and I compared some of…