• Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    ★★★★½

    I just LOVE finding new places to wear DIAMONDS!

  • Father of the Bride

    Father of the Bride

    ★½

    Really making me reassess my Chloe Fineman post-SNL projections...

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★★

    Possibly the best depiction of childhood on film. It captures the boredom yet curiosity with the world and belief in mysticism perfectly. I had never considered Totoro as an escape/coping mechanism for the children dealing with their mothers sickness. Her father never tries to discredit their experience, but accepts what they experience as part of their world.

    Wonderful rewatch!

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    A movie in which a character who proudly calls himself Hangman because he’s not a team player, is DISAPPOINTED he doesn’t make the cut for a highly collaborative team mission.

  • Scenes from a Marriage

    Scenes from a Marriage

    ★★★★★

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

    The length of this movie was what deterred me for the longest time, but the length is key to the experience.

    You spend so long getting to know these characters before the breakup and witness seemingly trivial conversations that hint at deeper problems. There are two levels to many of the conversations in the film, where the audience is processing what they are saying, while also noticing the characters' deeper motivations.

    I have never hated a character as viscerally as…

  • Body Heat

    Body Heat

    ★★★★½

    With respect for the genre, chemistry between its leads, and a suspenseful plot, Body Heat propels itself above its neon our counterparts. Kathleen Turner is seductive and powerful, and the film is able to depict things that would have been banned by the censors a dozen years earlier. Real sex and scandal only serve to enhance the themes the 40s noirs were touching upon.

    Absolutely fantastic.

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    I've never seen a movie that expresses my life philosophy and anxiety so accurately. This movie expresses the chaos and loneliness of feeling like the universe has no meaning, but the importance of assigning that meaning yourself.

    In contrast with Interstellar, which felt cheesy when it explained why love was essential to the universe, love is important to this universe because it is important to its characters. Rather than love existing within black holes, our loved ones can create black…

  • Awakenings

    Awakenings

    ★★★★

    Wow, what a dark and fascinating look at the human mind and what makes us alive. It shows that what makes us alive is our sub conscious. It’s so tremendously sad to think about the people out there who are stuck in their own minds.

    De Niro brings life to a near lifeless man. Robin Williams brings heart to a somewhat stiff doctor in one of his least goofy performances. It’s pretty intense throughout and told with true care for all those involved.

  • Batman Returns

    Batman Returns

    ★★★½

    A campy masterpiece, I feel like Tim Burton has been shit on for too long. His Batman movies strike a completely different tone than anything before or after, and they work extremely well. It’s hilarious, and dark. The physical sets create a bizarre almost German expressionist world. Fantastic.

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★½

    This feels like the final form of this era of super-hero movies. Matt Reeves makes a Fincher-esque serial killer mystery with Batman as the detective. It's a unique take on the character, and the dark world of Gotham.

    Reeves doesn't reinvent the wheel tonally, building off of a lot of what Nolan did well, but the plotline feels like something we haven't seen in this kind of big budget film. It's much more about Batman as a symbol than Bruce Wayne. Interesting concept and very well executed!

  • You've Got Mail

    You've Got Mail

    ★★★½

    When you've been chatting with someone over the internet and they HAPPEN to look like Tom Hanks...

    Nora Ephron's writing style is irresistible, so despite the conceptual flaws that bothered me, the writing continually drew me back in. I love how she always has her characters ranting and crying over how much they love other movies, and has them saying insanely profound lines at just the right moment. It doesn't come together as well as shop around the corner, but…

  • Magnificent Obsession

    Magnificent Obsession

    ★★★

    While Sirk’s style is irresistible, the story is not as gripping as I’d like it to be, dragging as characters make nonsensical decisions. That said, Sirk created a world that looks like a vintage postcard come to life, with sweeping scores, and darkness lingering under the surface. I wish he worked with better scripts during his period of technicolor melodramas as Imitation of Life is proof he can handle more morally ambiguous material.