• Persepolis

    Persepolis

    ★★★★

    I liked this so much more on rewatch. The stuff they omit from the book to screen in the adaptation still disappoints me, but overall it is one of the most beautifully animated movies you can watch. I loved this book when I first read it in middle school and the movie reminds me of when I was really expanding my mind around politics for the first time. So while it is a sad story, I also find it weirdly comforting and I am so glad this exists. If I ever were to meet Marjane Satrapi, I think I'd give her a big hug.

  • Unbreakable

    Unbreakable

    ★★★★

    My first M. Night Shyamalan movie! This was paced much slower than I expected it to be, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The score is fantastic and it was such a refreshing take on the superhero movie. I am now going to slowly dig in to M. Night's filmography! Very excited to see what else is next.

  • In the Cut

    In the Cut

    ★★★★

    This was fucking nuts. I actually have nothing else to really say about this except for the fact that everyone should watch this without knowing anything about it.

  • I'm So Excited!

    I'm So Excited!

    ★★★½

    Weird, funny, and thoroughly entertaining. It seems as though all the directors of this generation have a film that is basically a conglomeration of all their favorite themes and actors for a film that is just.... fine. Think Almodovar's THE DEAD DON'T DIE. This would be a fun double feature with Barb and Star.

  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    ★★★★½

    Gorgeous, amazing, transcendent, vibrant. It's amazing that this exists and that we have the privilege of seeing this. I just wish we could've seen the entire sets! You just want this documentary to go on forever. What a gift Questlove brought us, and I hope he gets all the awards thrown his way in the coming award season. If he doesn't, I'll riot!

  • All That Jazz

    All That Jazz

    ★★★★★

    I don’t know what the hell just happened but I need to see it again immediately. This might be one of the BEST movies ever made. I know I say that at least once a month but holy shit. It’s so self aware, so bold, so 70s, and so up my alley, I’m surprised this ever got made. I mean the OPENING AND CLOSING SEQUENCES!!!! yeah i could’ve kept watching this for 5 more hours. The editing was so sharp and the production design and FUCKIN ROY SCHEIDER… lord I don’t deserve the privilege of this.

  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    ★★★★½

    I really really really really really loved this. I thought the acting was amazing, I thought the soundtrack was nice, the opening scene with the quick editing of the inserts was snappy, and the cinematographic choices were exciting. The writing was quotable but not corny, and it felt current! I didn't fully understand that this was supposed to be the 90s, since the 90s aesthetics are making a resurgence, but that didn't matter! It felt relatable and sympathetic. There was…

  • Amarcord

    Amarcord

    ★★★½

    It's great how it came full circle and the satire here is really what drives the movie forward. This movie isn't about anything, like a lot of Fellini films, but the atmosphere is great and the comedy and eccentric nature of all the characters really makes it charming. However, I just failed to be engaged! I think if I had seen this on a big screen I would LOVE this, so I intend to rewatch it in a theater at the first possible moment. It is just not something meant for a computer screen.

  • Blood Simple

    Blood Simple

    ★★★★

    I was originally gonna rate this a 3.5 out of 5 but the last 15 minutes or so really saved the movie. Sets up a lot of what the Coen Brothers would later do and the supporting ensemble is fantastic. Who knew that Dan Hedaya did a “Funny How?” speech 6 years before Pesci?

  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    ★★★★

    There is something that is at once gentle and incredibly profound about this documentary. Jiro's philosophy of sushi is seen through an almost Machiavellian framework and is singularly concerned with quality. Posterity also frames Jiro's work, but only because he happens to have sons. There was almost something ominous about this documentary at first until you gained comfort around Jiro and his rhythm. I've been meaning to watch this for a while and it sure didn't disappoint!

  • Napoleon Dynamite

    Napoleon Dynamite

    ★★½

    Enjoyable until it showed its age.

  • The Woman Who Ran

    The Woman Who Ran

    ★★★★½

    This is my second Hong Sangsoo movie and this one was just fantastic. His movies defy American conventions of editing, with most scenes being long takes with varied focus on different characters in the scene using zoom lenses. Hong Sangsoo respects the characters and their desire to breath. It feels aggressively— maybe, even obscenely— realistic. The main character investigates her own insecurities through asking about the lives of others, only until her only life becomes investigated by encountering a conflict that she has avoided for so long. This movie is quiet and patient but ultimately a powerful examination of nervousness and confrontation.