• The Conversation

    The Conversation

    ★★★★½

    My favorite part is how we’re put in Harry’s head and get to witness his moments of obsession, always coming back to the conversation. As he’s first leaving the director’s office with the ringing in his ears, the claustrophobia of the elevator, it’s a very fine moment that doesn’t beat you over the head with stress, it instead chooses a powerful simmer, and these thoughtful moments permeate the entire film. A masterful work. Coppola doesn’t fuck around.

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★

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

    What Edgar Wright tees up here has promise but sadly does not commit to anything interesting and chooses to instead flail madly and act as though it sticks the landing.

    Loss of innocence through a nostalgic lens has a lot of promise—a lead from the country who sees ghosts comes to London to study fashion, and London has a lot more ghosts than our impressionable prodigy can handle. The first act is great. It sadly becomes unforgivable from here.

    The subversion…

  • Possession

    Possession

    ★★★★

    Who would earnestly wear pink socks?

  • Red Rocket

    Red Rocket

    ★★★★

    — Wake up every morning to watch faux small claims court
    — Befriend your neighbor so he can drive you everywhere while you talk only about yourself
    — Play the arcade alone and glance around when you win big so that you have someone, anyone to share the moment with
    — Spend time at the strip joint with an MC bored out of his mind because there’s nothing else to do but go through the motions
    — Buy into what…

  • True Grit

    True Grit

    ★★★★

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

    Sorry to say this, but he had to shoot the horse. As my partner pointed out, it’s representative of Mattie’s loss of innocence, and arguably the consequences of her actions. The world is cold, and she’s living in it. I especially liked how she fell right into a pitch black (bear?) cave literally right after taking a life. Sure, you finessed nearly every adult man into doing your bidding on a quest to revenge, but it’s not all it’s cracked…

  • Senior Year

    Senior Year

    ★★½

    You could do a lot worse, honestly. I was worried for a touch that the social progressivism jokes were actually digs at attempts to make progress, but I think it’s just exaggerated to convey the point that things change and it’s okay to embrace that, and it’s also okay to recognize when we’ve overcorrected. it’s good for kids to be competitive, but it’s not good when marginalized kids feel torment. It’s good to platform social awareness, but it’s insincere to…

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★★

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

    Robin is a delightful protagonist. He cares little for status or power because life is transient and fleeting. He sees the decor changed in his old restaurant, and commends his former partner for making a tasteful choice. To be able to concede a point (however trivial) is difficult for me sometimes, and I like seeing that quality in others.

    Robin does not get his pig back. This is very sad, of course, because he loves his pig dearly. It is…

  • The Moustache

    The Moustache

    ★★★★½

    We were coming up with new ideas and theories all the way until the end, and that’s a mark of a good ass movie. Watch this one, it’s good.

  • Speed

    Speed

    ★★★★

    I thought this movie was gonna be mid at best but holy SHIT was I dead wrong.

  • The Pink Panther

    The Pink Panther

    ★★★

    When it’s inoffensive and indistinct overall there’s like an 80% chance it’s a Shawn Levy joint. Does everything it wanted to, and I had fun.

  • Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

    Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

    Poster is better than the movie.

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    This film is a chaotic whirlwind of light, sound, and emotion. The multiverse is a genius vehicle for this; a setting that is profound, frightening, confusing, and shifts without warning. All qualities we experience in life but numb ourselves to or otherwise cope with in some way, because after all, this is a film about life. It’s messy, it’s chaotic, we all have our turmoil and trauma. And that’s okay.

    I really thought this was a post-covid production because a…