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  • I'm Your Woman

    I'm Your Woman

    from my vulture review 

    “The crime drama and its cousin noir are often misidentified as wholly, or at least primarily, masculine genres, where the bodies of women are soundboards off which the reverberations of toxic, masculine drives can be heard. But one reason I’m so taken by these genres is its women: The luminescent Sharon Stone in Casino. Michelle Pfeiffer, dangerous as a freshly sharpened blade, in Scarface. Gloria Grahame’s transcendent, tricksy appearances in everything from In a Lonely Place…

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    hated having to write this pan. i wanted some joy instead i got a hollow story with terribly shot action and one of the most nonsensical plot lines i’ve seen in a while. 


    “Sadly, all that glittered in the franchise’s first outing is gone in Wonder Woman 1984. The disappointing sequel highlights not only the dire state of the live-action superhero genre in film, but the dire state of Hollywood filmmaking as a whole.” read my review at vulture. 

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  • Ministry of Fear

    Ministry of Fear

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

    the rare fritz lang film i hadn’t seen for some reason. so happy my friend oliver suggested we watch it together (virtually, duh). 

    tense as fuck, very weird and beguiling. the very end wraps up a bit too quickly and neatly. but, damn, what a ride. i really connected and felt for ray milland’s stephen. which aided to the tension i felt watching the film. i was honestly worried the dude would end back up in an asylum!

  • My Favorite Wife

    My Favorite Wife

    the judge in the beginning is more annoying than comical. like gratingly so.  which made me worry that the tone of this comedy would be off. but instead i found a delightfully unhinged screwball film in which cary grant kills it, as he always did post-1936. love his chemistry with irene dunne. this was well suited to the bee’s 🐝 knees i was drinking.

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    fuck this movie. absolutely atrocious. paper thin characterization. there is no joy to the ostentatious ploys toward spectacle. john david washington has the charisma of a cardboard box. found the abuse storyline for elizabeth debicki’s character frustrating, hollow, and infuriating. this is a truly terrible film on levels of craft, acting, writing, direction, you name it. what an exhausting waste of time.

  • Antebellum

    Antebellum

    “I am tired. I am tired of pop-cultural artifacts that render Black people as merely Black bodies onto which the sins of this ragged country are violently mapped. I am tired of suffering being the primary lens through which we understand Black identity. I am tired of being so hungry for Black joy and Black representation that scraps feel like a meal. I am tired of films about slavery refusing to acknowledge the interior lives of Black women even as…