• ABBA: The Movie

    ABBA: The Movie

    Like most things ABBA, this was equal parts ridiculous and fun. It was a blast seeing it on the big screen in a theater with other people, laughing at some of the (decidedly intentional) corny humor, and then practically dancing in the aisles during the concert scenes, which really are heart of the film.

    Can't really be rated as good or bad- it's ABBA, and this is what they do. I loved it.

  • Billy Madison

    Billy Madison

    WTF was wrong with everyone in the 1990s

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★★

    I've been a Batman fan since I was about 8 years old, watching the old 1966 Batman show in reruns on Ted Turner's Channel 17 in Atlanta. To me, the more psycho a Batman story it is, the better it is, and this may be the Batman film I've been waiting for my entire life.

  • Mildred Pierce

    Mildred Pierce

    ★★★★★

    Better than I had ever imagined it would be. Not really noir, but far more feminist than I expected for its time. Brilliant.

  • Being There

    Being There

    ★★★★★

    I haven't seen this film since I was 19 or 20 years old, and I didn't appreciate it at all back then. I wasn't as familiar yet with how the world can be simultaneously cynical and innocent, or simultaneously sad and funny, so the film didn't resonate with me then as it does now. Masterful on every level.

  • Line Goes Up: The Problem With NFTs

    Line Goes Up: The Problem With NFTs

    ★★★½

    An on-camera lecture which explains the entire crypto/NFT/DAO tsunami of bullshit in a way that's accessible to laymen (like me). The two hours end with a passionate summing-up in which Olsen gets genuinely and righteously angry, and it's perfect. Highly recommended.

  • Trafic

    Trafic

    ★★★★

    Not as funny as "Mon Oncle," nor as visually brilliant as "Playtime" (not many films are), "Trafic" is still clearly the work of a master.

    The film provides a kind of sad ending to those two previous films- earlier, the eccentricity of the characters kept them human in the face of encroaching modernism and technology. This time around, the characters are increasingly trapped by that technology, which either breaks down, leads them into accidents, or overwhelms the system to the point of gridlock.

    This would make a fascinating triple-bill with Godard's "Weekend" and Cronenberg's "Crash."

  • The Inner Scar

    The Inner Scar

    ★★★★★

    Director Philippe Garrel was creating a filmed painting when he made this movie. Nico, who provided the occasional songs and wrote all the spoken dialogue (and whom Garrel credits as full co-creator of the film) was spinning myths, with a hint of exorcism.

    The album "Desertshore" isn't a soundtrack to this film, and "The Inner Scar" isn't a music video for the album. But the two works of art were created in parallel, and are in conversation with each other. Together they represent what may have been Nico's artistic peak, a mysterious alternate world where she was finally at home.

  • The Celebration

    The Celebration

    ★★★★½

    How can a movie that feels like a swift kick in the nuts still be... enjoyable? Probably due to the masterful touches provided by an incredible cast, a solid script, and some deceptively complex editing.

    Dogme 95 has been talked to death at this point so I'll pass on that discussion, except to say that the rawness of this film gives it a nervous, jangly energy that never lets up, and is entirely perfect for the story the film tells.…

  • Black Mirror: San Junipero

    Black Mirror: San Junipero

    ★★★★½

    Finally watching Season 3 of Black Mirror (yes, 5 yrs later) and managed to get here without seeing any spoilers. Loved everything about this episode, including seeing that the series can hit more than the one note it's known for.

  • House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    ★★★★

    Not as camp or farcical as the trailers might lead you to believe. I was unsure if I'd be able to see Lady Gaga as a character rather than as Lady Gaga, but she disappeared into the role of Patrizia Reggiani completely.

    I appreciated the ways the movie used its period setting without turning it into a theme park; the music cues (some of them anachronistic) were pretty great throughout. And probably not surprisingly, the costumes in this film are absolutely ace. I loved the whole film overall, a welcome and surprising treat.

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★

    A film that's as pretty as a painting, and with about as much depth.

    The decision to leave the original poem's odd signs and portents just as disconnected and unexplained as they are in the text was certainly.. a choice, but it leaves the film feeling lost in its own ponderousness.

    Dev Patel's terrific performance seems to come from an entirely different movie, being as warm and human as it is. The only other characters who feel similarly alive are…