• Butter on the Latch

    Butter on the Latch

    Philippe Grandrieux filtered through a grad-schooler's take on Persona; though I don't care for Bergman's film, at least it had the decency to follow through on its narrative/emotional implications to their fullest extent. All the cool formal tidbits and front-loaded performance aspects here are drowned out by the fundamental lack of thematic cohesion. Just unsatisfying overall.

  • Days of Being Wild

    Days of Being Wild

    ★★½

    really don't know how I was able to connect with this so strongly when I watched it for the first time in 2018; now it just seems so flat. remember it feeling much faster paced than it actually is, tbh some of the dialogue scenes felt like a slog to watch, the whole piece feels a little too aimless for my tastes now. the primary narrative thread involving the real mother feels like it lacks weight, like it's trying to…

  • Castle in the Sky

    Castle in the Sky

    ★★★½

    John Ford + JRPG narrative. Lots of moments of grace reminiscent of Ford (the brawl in the mining town feels right out of the Quiet Man), eating egg on toast in a cave, the careful attention to detail on how exactly the egg is eaten. "The manners and formalities of a culture," as Tag Gallagher put it, translated not through depiction of a time long past us but in a world so close to feeling real but heightened to a fantasy. Perhaps its conclusion leaves something to be desired but in its totality the quality can't be argued against, it's quite wondrous in its best moments.

  • Dumb and Dumber

    Dumb and Dumber

    ★★★½

    Legitimately one of my favorite comedies ever. If anything I laugh harder at it now then I did when I was a kid, it really primed me to love comedies about psychopaths wreaking havoc on the world.

  • Grown Ups

    Grown Ups

    ★★½

    Dull and mediocre a lot of the time but within the genre of "grab your tenuous script and a bunch of your comedy buddies, roll the camera and improvise to see what you come up with," this has a leg up over something like Ghostbusters 2016 in that the performers are actually funny when they do riff on one another.

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★

    been a while since I felt this thrilled watching a movie in the theater. high chance of me bumping the rating up on rewatch, and for my money it could be my favorite in the series?

  • Home Alone

    Home Alone

    ★★½

    somehow a stupid, helpless 8 year old transitions into a self-sufficient, bloodthirsty killer within a matter of days. stupid as hell but at least it feels like it has a bit of soul to it (at least in comparison to its sequel), and that's really the only thing putting it above HA2 because the slapstick is a bit weaker conceptually here. as erik reeds said, 90's revisionism was a mistake.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    ★★★★½

    Extended cut (first time watching, actually). This is probably objectively a 4/5 imo but goddamn this movie is so good, feelings on it are too mixed with nostalgia and genuine awe at this level of spectacle to *really* be objective. Not much to say that hasn't been said already, I will never not be weeping during the ending.

  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    genuinely love completely out of place slapstick violence that would have everyone involved winding up dead irl lol. daniel stern god tier physical performance

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★½

    Might feel differently on rewatch, but I feel as if the fractured, rapid pace of the editing (though it bothered me at the beginning) actually does a good job of emulating the effect of Herbert's prose; which is in itself scattered, water-like, forcing you into the flow of something intangible and bigger than yourself. Hope Part 2 starts to go deeper into the psychedelia aspect but honestly came away very impressed.

  • Kimagure Orange Road

    Kimagure Orange Road

    Found this was on here and decided to log it, though I finished watching this three years ago (actually mind-boggling to me thinking about that. Such a dramatically different person now than I was then). Second OP is one of the greatest of all time and has one of my favorite ending themes but goddamn I really hope that there's more interesting romance anime out there. Makes me hesitant to watch stuff like Maison Ikkoku because the constant misunderstandings genuinely…

  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    watched this and Cruella while high off my ass and I couldn't for the life of me follow along or care about what was happening in either of them.