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  • The Souvenir

    The Souvenir

    ★★★★

    i totally get the criticisms for this, since the whole movie basically hinges on whether or not you believe in the incredulous love that julie has for anthony, but also ... and i wish i had a more articulate way to say this .... sometimes it’s just ... like that? sometimes it’s just like thatirrational to everyone but you. 

    joanna hogg based this off of an actual experience that she had at film school, and with this semi-fictionalization she’s…

  • Blinded by the Light

    Blinded by the Light

    ★★★

    initially avoided this because the title made it sound like one of those christian propaganda movies starring, like, dennis quaid and a golden retriever named John 3:16. it’s not, obviously!! it’s an english-pakastani ballad to springsteen that emphasizes how the significance of a song’s lyrics are crucial, life-changing even! sometimes being wrong is both Fun and Good :) 

    (also, javed’s instant adulation of springsteen exactly mirrors how i felt as a sad teen who just discovered lana del rey. “Born to Die” is MY “Born to Run”)

  • The Cabin in the Woods

    The Cabin in the Woods

    ★★★★

    pro-weed propaganda and i’m all for it

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    ★★★

    my gf parker posey could’ve saved this movie and i wrote about why for Much Ado About Cinema:

    Throughout the entire runtime, I found myself unable to stop thinking about the woefully underrated Parker Posey. A passage from her (admittedly not great) 2018 memoir, You’re On An Airplane, came to mind in particular. Posey had worked with Richard Linklater in the past on Dazed and Confused (1993), and she’d remained in touch with him over the years. During the New…

  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    ★★★½

    (1978 version)
    hm! probably my personal least favorite cassavetes so far (until i eventually watch Husbands), but the artistry of the intimate camerawork, ben gazzara’s subdued performance as club owner cosmo vittelli, and the swirling atmosphere of his beloved burlesque house is undeniable. here, cassavetes explores the frustrating paradox of cosmo’s wanting to make meaningful art, as shown by his relentless dedication to the quality of his girls’ act rather than their Tiddies, versus his needing to use their Tiddies…

  • Brazil

    Brazil

    ★★★★

    god i wish robert de niro would always magically show up at the exact right moment to solve my urgent problems. call that deus ex mafia

  • About Time

    About Time

    ★★★★

    tom hollander: surprise! i'm in this :)
    me: ah yes, how could i forget about my favorite english character actor. nice to see you again!

    richard e. grant: surprise! i'm in this :)
    me: awww, delightful! great work. loved your 3 line cameo

    margot robbie: surprise! i'm in this :)
    me: FKICNWQNWQDIQJ@J*U92u2903jfieowfnIJIASf923hr9hIDJoawfjeoj ??!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?@?/1///1//2//1???????????? WHERE DID YOU?????#!??# HOW DID YOU

  • Se7en

    Se7en

    ★★★★★

    william bradley pitt lodged the semi-forgettable line “What’s in the box?” into the cultural vernacular with his excruciatingly denial-laden delivery of “Wh-aa-A-T’S IN THE BOoOooOoOoOoOoooX!??!?!!????” and that’s why i’d like to officially submit detective david mills as his best leading dramatic performance to date. i’m counting Tree of Life as a supporting role so DON’T try it, Malick Minions

  • The Kitchen

    The Kitchen

    ★★★

    (Extended version of my review for Willamette Week)

    Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss, and Tiffany Haddish star as three Irish mob wives who are left penniless and desperate when their criminal husbands are sent to prison. To survive the grittiness of 1978 Hell’s Kitchen, they pick up where their spouses left off, and find they’re even more skilled at the fine art of organized crime. Utilizing their traditionally feminine proclivities for strategic communication and vulpine manipulation, the trio savor their ascension.…

  • Fry Day

    Fry Day

    ★★★★

    violent misogynists like ted bundy have conditioned women into rightfully recognizing that trusting charismatic male strangers can be fatal, yet when it comes time to make a choice, we tend to follow them into the murky maw of the woods anyway. what the unsympathetic may view as the naive stupidity of reckless girls is in reality a throbbing need to be seen and heard and felt and understood. even if it kills us.

    in just 16 minutes, director laura moss…

  • Morning Glory

    Morning Glory

    ★★

    big mistake here was mis-casting jeff goldblum as the mean boss. as if his entire being doesn't exude Cool Boss Energy. as if he wouldn't insist his workplace partakes in Smooth Jazz Fridays where he brings his alto sax and improvises a jaunty tune for his employees. and he doesn't even play sax -- he plays piano -- but it's too difficult to lug a grand piano that meets his standards up to the 34th floor so he just plays…

  • Reservoir Dogs

    Reservoir Dogs

    ★★★★½

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

    what if we kissed in an abandoned warehouse after our jewelry heist went bust and i tenderly held you in my arms and combed your hair as you slowly bled to death from an agonizing gutshot that was kind of my fault 😳 ⁽ᵃⁿᵈ ʷᵉ ʷᵉʳᵉ ᵇᵒᵗʰ ᵇᵒʸˢ⁾