• The Young Girls of Rochefort

    The Young Girls of Rochefort

    ★★★★★

    This movie is like candy for the eyes and soul. I don't think I stopped smiling the entire time. It's so vibrant, colorful and heartwarming. The musical numbers are catchy and entertaining. I'm normally not a fan of missed connection plotlines because of how frustrating they are, but it's so charming here. I loved how all the strings in the stories were connected, and it came together at the end so beautifully. I want to live in this world.

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★

    The scene where Jesse Plemons tells Kirsten Dunst, "I wanted to say how nice it is not to be alone" might be one of the most impactful moments in a 2021 movie thus far. I now really need a romantic movie starring Plemons and Dunst.

    The Power of the Dog is a haunting slow burn that will sneak up on you with how good it is. It's shot beautifully with sweeping landscapes and gorgeous scenery. Its strength is in its…

  • It Comes at Night

    It Comes at Night

    ★★★½

    It Comes at Night was way different than the marketing promised, but I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. If this came out post-2020, I probably would have hated it because of how on the nose it is, but the prescience of it actually makes it more chilling. The sense of dread in the atmosphere is palpable. The claustrophobia and use of space really elevates the tension. The performances are strong. Riley Keough has one moment that will stick with viewers for a long time, and Christopher Abbott is sexy. What more could you want?

  • Fargo

    Fargo

    ★★★★★

    Visually-stunning, gorgeous, perfect comedic timing, an all-time great. I’m talking about Steve Buscemi, but the movie is alright too

  • The Godfather: Part III

    The Godfather: Part III

    ★★★½

    I watched the CODA cut, so I can’t really comment on how good the original release was, but I didn’t think it was as bad as its reputation. Part three is definitely less focused than the first two and I didn’t really care for how much time was spent with Sonny’s kid, but it was still a decent watch. I can finally understand that Sopranos joke now too! Also, Sofia Coppola has done way too much for my life for me to say anything bad about her performance, so I think she killed it :)

  • Starlet

    Starlet

    ★★★★

    Starlet is probably Sean Bakers most tender film. He is an expert at portraying human life in an unapologetic and honest way that makes you root for all the characters despite their flaws. The relationships are messy and authentic, and that's one of the main reasons his films work so well. He always knows how to pack an emotional punch at the conclusion, too.

    Also, if you put a tiny dog in a tiny hat, I'm gonna like the film no matter what.

  • The Godfather: Part II

    The Godfather: Part II

    ★★★★½

    I didn't really know what to expect from this, but I have heard some people find it better than the first. I'm not sure my stance yet, but it does feel a lot more ambitious than the original film. I really enjoyed this as a deep-dive into Michael's character as we watch him venture down a darker and darker path. I wasn't the biggest fan of the dual timeline because I feel like we were only given a tiny glimpse…

  • The Godfather

    The Godfather

    ★★★★½

    Absolutely slaps. Nothing more to say except the baptism scene might be one of the best sequences of all time, and Michael Corleone is the hottest man to ever live.

  • Love & Mercy

    Love & Mercy

    ★★★

    I didn’t know much about The Beach Boys outside of their hits and some of the Manson stuff, so it was nice learning more about them and the life of Brian Wilson. I think it does a good job of trying to break free of some of the musician biopic tropes with the dual timeline, but I really only enjoyed the past sections. Paul Dano gives a stellar performance and the scenes in the studio are by far the highlights. I recommend watching if you are a fan of The Beach Boys or interested in learning more.

  • 10 Years

    10 Years

    The specific longing for/inability to move on from the past depicted in 10 Years made me grateful I wouldn't have to go to my high school reunion, but then I remembered I was in student government and would likely have to plan the reunions :/

    For what it lacks in likable characters, a decent storyline or competent filmmaking, it makes up for in an all-star cast that makes you question how they afforded to pay everyone. Not a fan.

  • Office Space

    Office Space

    ★★★★

    A great comedy, but my main takeaway was a reminder that Hollywood just doesn’t cast normal-looking people to play normal-looking people like they use to (this is directed at you, Jared Leto in House of Gucci)

  • Rocks

    Rocks

    ★★★½

    I really anticipated loving this more, but I don’t think I clicked with it like I was hoping to. It’s reminiscent of Andrea Arnold movies by offering an intimate portrait of the lives of struggling, young girls. It’s well-made, and it has a lot of care for its characters. There were some heartbreaking moments, and I can see why it’s special to so many people.