Favorite films

  • Harakiri
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • The Handmaiden
  • Amadeus

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  • Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey

    ★★★½

  • Spies

    ★★★★½

  • Scarlet Street

    ★★★★

  • Mesa of Lost Women

    ★½

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  • What Is a Woman?

    What Is a Woman?

    ½

    [6/10/22 Edit: I just realized it’s impossible to see this if you’re reading on mobile, but in the text where I embedded links attached with sources, much of the time there’s a different link embedded with every individual word, so if you’re on your phone and you’re the type of person who actually checks the sources, just keep that in mind]. 


    Thank you for clicking on my needlessly thorough, painfully tedious, absolutely unnecessary, line by line rundown of this godawful…

  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★★

    One of my friends recently “liked” a short paragraph review I had written about 7 years ago of Do the Right Thing. I had forgotten and was surprised I had written that review just because of where I was politically when I had seen this film for the first time. And at the time I posted that review, there was no way I could have possibly grasped that I had just witnessed the most important, most pivotal to my entire…

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  • Mesa of Lost Women

    Mesa of Lost Women

    ★½

    The movie opens with a women with unnaturally long, black nails, lures a man toward her, taps her lips against his while also taping her nails against his neck, then the man suddenly faints and the narrator opens:

    “Have you have been by a girl like this.”

    Have I ever been what by a girl like this? No I did not accidently leave something out. That is the full quote. But no, I have never been by a girl like…

  • Lightyear

    Lightyear

    ★★½

    While Lightyear is far from the worst movie Pixar has ever made, it absolutely is Pixar at its absolute worst. It’s a product that’s frustratingly difficult to feel anything towards. It’s as passable, flavorless, and inoffensive as entertainment gets, incapable of producing any praise more effusive, or criticism more damning than, “it’s fine, I guess.” 

    And for the life of my I cannot fathom any explanation for its existence, or why it necessitated a 200 million dollar budget. It’s too…

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  • Around the World in Eighty Days

    Around the World in Eighty Days

    A brief list of movies that were not nominated for best film in 1956:
    The Searchers, Early Spring, The Killing, A Man Escaped, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Aparajito, Street of Shame, The Wrong Man, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
    A brief list of movies that were nominated in 1956, but didn't win:
    Friendly Persuasion, Giant, The King and I, The Ten Commandments.

    Academy, what the hell were you thinking?

  • The Suicide Squad

    The Suicide Squad

    ★★★★

    I think there was a bit of a missed opportunity to further explore how the prison industrial complex is given a free pass to extract often life threatening labor out of prisoners because of the way we culturally dehumanize prisoners. You know, the way we recruit prisoners in the state of California to fight wildfires, while paying them a dollar a day to do it, but there’s no public outcry because as a whole nobody gives a shit about the…