• Umma

    Umma

    ★★½

    Sandra Oh, who plays Um, she gave everything.

    Jokey reviews aside, I was rooting for UMMA to stick the landing, but I’m not entirely sure it even left the ground to begin with.

    But hey, at least they tried. 🤷🏻‍♂️

  • Ichi the Killer

    Ichi the Killer

    ★★★★★

    When I was in high school, the edgy kids in my grade got me into Takashi Miike. I was more of a Miramax kind of guy (it was the mid-2000's and I was a gay theatre kid, of course The Hours was my jam), but was interested in expanding my horizons.

    Long story short, I saw Visitor Q and The Happiness of the Katakuris and I remember loving them, or at least being intrigued enough by them that they've proven…

  • Hostel: Part II

    Hostel: Part II

    ★★★★

    This lowkey felt like a reboot of the first one.

    While Hostel had a very simple point to make (“we want to shock Bush-era audiences as much as possible to prove they're not as desensitized to torture as American media wants them to think...” or something like that), Hostel: Part II takes its time to be a proper horror movie, expand its lore, develop compelling, interesting characters, and have deaths and gore that, despite not being as 'edgy' as the…

  • Hostel

    Hostel

    ★★★

    Look, I got it, OK? It wasn’t bad, it was actually pretty fun. I didn’t love it, but it was fine.

    By now you probably already know what my issue with it was: the fact that the grittiness and the chaotic energy of the story didn’t match the filmmaking. Sure, the production design and the makeup effects were cool, but the actual filmmaking, the movie itself, was so… bland and inexpressive. Like, anyone could’ve directed it, you know what I…

  • A Thousand Clouds of Peace Fence the Sky, Love; Your Being Love Will Never End

    A Thousand Clouds of Peace Fence the Sky, Love; Your Being Love Will Never End

    ★★★★★

    🎉 Birthday Movie Month 2022 🎉

    — ¿Entonces?
    — Yo te llamo.

    Mexico City, 2005 to 2008. I was attending a performing arts high school and both Mil Nubes de Paz and Hernández's follow-up, El Cielo Dividido, were everywhere. Well... they seemed to be everywhere cause I was an artistic gay kid attending a school full of other artistic gay kids a few blocks away from Mexico City's gay neighborhood. I distinctly remember buying my first gay porno magazine at…

  • Wandering Heart

    Wandering Heart

    ★★★★★

    🎉 Birthday Movie Month 2022 🎉

    A slow-motion trainwreck of a film about a sad gay man in his late 40's trying to make sense of the loneliness in his life and looking for love in all the wrong places sounds... lovely, doesn't it?

    Well...

    LEONARDO SBARAGLIA. That would be my two-word review for this film. That's all you need to know, to be honest.

    He's the reason I couldn't take my eyes off the screen for 120 minutes, and…

  • Audible

    Audible

    ★★★★★

    🎉 Birthday Movie Month 2022 🎉

    My issues with the way Deafness is usually portrayed on film (especially in mainstream American cinema), way before that whole “is CODA actually good?” discourse started making the rounds, are that the filmmaking itself is usually pretty standard (which is pretty sinful when you consider Sign Languages are tridimensional and based on movement, intention, and facial expression) and the fact that the subject matters are condescending at best, infantilizing at worst, usually focused on…

  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★★★

    OK, everybody shut up! You're all wrong!

    It's way easier than you're making it sound.

    Is there queerness in Luca? Well, yes and no.

    NO, because if we let this pass as Disney/Pixar's weak attempt at giving us the LGBT family flick we deserve, then we're setting the bar basically on the floor.

    But also YES, because this is a film queer kids everywhere can see themselves in, even if it doesn't call them... ahem... by their name. I'll explain…

  • Ambulance

    Ambulance

    ★★★

    🎉 Birthday Movie Month 2022 🎉

    Unhinged Jake Gyllenhaal has always been my favorite kind of Jake Gyllenhaal.

    It could’ve used a trim here and there but I was definitely entertained by the chaos of it all.

    Michael Bay should definitely stick to 40 million dollar crime thrillers in which he gets to shoot intense conversations between two people standing still the exact same way he shoots car chases and explosions.

    That Eiza González truly is a movie star, huh?

  • Donald Glover: Weirdo

    Donald Glover: Weirdo

    ★★★★★

    — I was dating this Armenian girl and…
    [audience member absolutely LOSES it]

    🎉 Birthday Movie Month 2022 🎉

    I know EVERY STORY and EVERY PUNCHLINE by heart. This is my safe place. Please God, never take Weirdo away from me. 🙏🏼

    Donald Glover continues to be one of my favorite musicians, actors, writers, directors, producers, singers, comedians, people of all time. There’s literally nothing he can’t do.

    “We WILL lose some of you in the process. Not all of you are gonna make it home.”

  • Ronny Chieng: Speakeasy

    Ronny Chieng: Speakeasy

    ★★★★★

    🎉 Birthday Movie Month 2022 🎉

    He’s angrier than ever.

    More unhinged
     than in his previous special.

    And yet, there’s a certain maturity in his delivery and joke-writing I hadn’t seen before from him. Ronny can’t help being pissed off at the way the world works (we genuinely suck as a species) but age (and a shit-load of practice, considering he works nonstop) has helped him convey his anger in funnier and more poignant ways. I don’t think he’s even close to his peak.

    I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him. In the meantime, this is a fantastic special.

  • Playground

    Playground

    ★★★★★

    🎉 Birthday Movie Month 2022 🎉

    A few random thoughts.

    ▫️You know me, I’m a sucker for films that visually/sonically tell a story from the POV of their main character: everything from Taboada’s Veneno para las hadas (which made very similar choices to Wandel when it came to framing the entire film at the children’s eye level) to recent efforts such as The Assistant (we can only hear what the main character hears) or Straight Up (the film is stiff…