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  • Eastern Condors

    Eastern Condors

    ★★★★

    Ching: It's the Americans' fault. They got us into this. Idiot Americans, fucking America, goddamn America! 

    Shaun: When this is over, where do you think you'll go? 

    Ching: Back to America!

  • Mom and Dad

    Mom and Dad

    ★★½

    It's a Sawzall. That means, it saws ALL!

    Sure, it’s got an off-kilter tonally tumultuous soundtrack and an appropriately nutso Nicolas Cage performance at its core, but somehow Mom and Dad doesn’t feel like it ever amounts to anything of merit to the black comedy genre. Like, you can’t just sprinkle some Nic Cage over something as menial as, say, The Purge, and hope to win over anyone.

    Despite Mom and Dad‘s exciting premise, it doesn’t ever really get gory…

  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha

    ★★★★★

    I'm so embarrassed. I'm not a real person yet.

    Expertly paced and wonderfully told, Frances Ha fully encapsulates the late-20-something’s experience—where friends come and go, while life steadily starts to challenge our daily expectations, and yet we keep tumbling forward in stupendous fashion. Really just everything I’d ever want in a New York slice-of-life mumblecore extravaganza. That montage of Frances going home to visit her parents had such perfect cadence. A real triumph of style and narrative from Noah Baumbach.

  • Zombieland: Double Tap

    Zombieland: Double Tap

    ★★½

    Shoutouts to Fantasia. ✌🏽 


    Super forgettable film—but now that I think about it, so was the first one. 


    Jesse Eisenberg’s incessant narration plus everyone else’s stiff sarcasm and one-liners really don’t hold up ten years later, huh. Zoey Dutch knocked it out of the park though, *as always*. 😘 Rosario Dawson and Luke Wilson were welcome additions too. 👌🏽 For some reason, the CGI looked even worse this time around. Really noticeable car-driving green screen moments for me. Ah well. Not entirely a waste of time—a decent pick on Redbox for me this year.

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    ★★★½

    Starring John Berrymore and John Berrymore’s eyeliner. The transformation sequence though is still impressive, 100 years later! Loads of contrabassoon to boot.



    Screened at the IU Cinema using the Kino Lorber restoration DCP featuring pit orchestra performing an original score by IU Jacobs student Ryn Jorgensen.

  • House of Hummingbird

    House of Hummingbird

    ★★★★

    Watched with director Kim Bora in attendance, with a Q&A afterwards.

  • Touch of Evil

    Touch of Evil

  • Eraserhead

    Eraserhead

    ★★★★★

    Seeing it six years since last, still holds up. People don’t talk enough about Lynch’s great sense of humor.

  • Enemy

    Enemy

    ★★★★

    Turns out that even in an indie film context, Denis Villeneuve still kicks ass. Was happy to see that this is a José Saramago novel adaptation—having seen and read Blindmess back in high school, now I wanna read everything by Saramago. Toronto’s looking absolutely fabulous in yellow. 🔥

  • The Two Popes

    The Two Popes

    ★★★

    Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce are such class acts. The younger versions of Pryce’s character are so expertly cast and well-acted to boot. It goes without saying that The Two Popes is an engaging watch purely due to its two lead actors but also undeniably due to Pope Francis and Pope Benedict being such massive cultural figures in the 21st century—the magnitude of the subject matter alone does much of the heavy lifting. But the story and direction leaves a…

  • Redline

    Redline

    ★★★★½

    Best birthday present to Robert, Duncan, and me. Love you guys so much! ❤️

  • His Girl Friday

    His Girl Friday

    ★★★★½

    Gary Cooper is no longer my 1940s/50s crush, now it is Cary Grant. Now I need to watch every movie Cary’s been in. And basically everything by Howard Hawk’s while I’m at it.