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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★½

    Comically overrated. Much like Chazelle with "La La Land", Aster thoroughly understands the aesthetics of his genre, but very little about its intention, or emotional truth. Strip away the imagery, and there's very little that is actually horrifying. It's a shame, Aster was clearly thinking about family, inheritance and the violence of being tied against your will to a group of people you dont like, but lazy motivations and an ending so generic it's almost unpredictable, completely derail it's thematic weight.

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    We Need to Talk About Kevin

    ★★★★★

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

    A borderline unbearable experience. This film is frustrating, often enraging, especially in today's climate. But that's where Ramsay gets you. She has no interest in making her work a breezy experience and I think the world of her for that. She wants you to sit with the material, to wrestle with it as much as her characters do. There is perhaps no better living director who is so accurate in their visual translation of trauma, with its grueling repetitiveness and…

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  • The Breaker Upperers

    The Breaker Upperers

    ★★★★½

    SXSW '18

    New Zealand has my full endorsement to continue its invasion of global indie comedy. A love story between two, exceptionally developed and wildly different friends, Sami and van Beek's energy is as infectious as it is sharp and relentless. It's an absolute pleasure to see the overlap in style and influences between this and works like Flight of the Conchords or Waititi's filmography, but rest assured this film stands tall on its own in the exciting landscape of New Kiwi comedy.

  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★

    Isle Of Dogs is an orientalist dumpster fire mess. Spoilers to follow.
    Anderson’s shameless recycling of classic tropes isn’t just tired and dangerous, it’s completely unnecessary. The film gains literally nothing from being set in Japan, not narratively not thematically.

    There’s absolutely no reason why #sle Of Dogs couldn’t have been set in the US. In fact, it’s political and environmental overtones would’ve easily worked a thousand times better in a futuristic American setting rooted in present anxieties around increasing…