• She Dies Tomorrow

    She Dies Tomorrow

    ★★★½

    It's good, not great, but does a lot with a very limited budget and scope. Interesting characters and enough mythology to effectively have a few things to say about how different people would experience their own impending doom.

  • Upstream Color

    Upstream Color

    What a lot of people called daring and edgy storytelling I think is better realized as messy. It's uncomfortable watching this and picking up a lot of the shitty ways the woman is depicted and treated in this film and how aggressive Caruth's character is who then gets everything that he wanted, meanwhile it comes out later that Shane is actually an abusive dick in real life.

  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    ★★★★★

    So slow, so great, so weird. My wife walked in during the fish fucking scene and asked what I was watching. Took like five minutes to explain and obviously that still doesn't completely explain why there is a fish having sex with a woman in a lake.

  • The Godfather

    The Godfather

    ★★★★★

    I've seen The Godfather before, I've played the videogame (it's great), but it felt like I was watching this for the first time. Every choice is so calculated in this movie- obviously you can read books about the lighting, but the editing it so effective. Letting certain things linger, cutting quick at others... It's odd to experience the weight and slight bobble of the dolly at times- and to feel intimately aware of the geography of the Corleone house. It…

  • The Godfather: Part II

    The Godfather: Part II

    ★★★★★

    People think Part 2 is better than Part 1 but they're wrong. Don't get me wrong, Part 2 is a great movie, but the flashbacks and pacing are weird and you could not just watch this movie without watching Part 1 and getting all of the character and relationships built throughout. It's interesting how different the image is in this film, the modern elements are so sharp and crisp, the flashbacks take the grit from the first one and double…

  • Bodies Bodies Bodies

    Bodies Bodies Bodies

    ★★★½

    Not what I was expecting but boy am I glad I caught this in the theater. Fantastic sound, innovative cinematography, enthralling story. This feels like the kind of movie where in ten years, each of these actors is going to be big enough to marvel at the fact that all of them were in one movie together.

  • Memoria

    Memoria

    ★★★½

    Excruciatingly, deliciously slow. In anybody else's hands this would have been 20 minutes and far less enveloping. Tilda fucking rules, and the concept hits you like a bump in the night. Feels strangely connected to Three Thousand Years of Longing.

  • Three Thousand Years of Longing

    Three Thousand Years of Longing

    ★★★★★

    Mad Max meets Arabian Nights with thirst traps for everyone- and I'm not just talking about Tilda! Wonderful experience, like a good movie made better with drugs without the hassle of doing drugs.

  • The Woman King

    The Woman King

    ★★★★½

    I could watch Viola Davis be a badass all day. Lashana Lynch is cementing herself as an action star and this is a huge leap forward. The narrative is immensely helped by the authenticity of location and the grit of the action. This feels like the style of movie that some have tried to make in recent years- refreshing and cool but important historically, but Prince-Bythewood nails it here. One thing I found refreshing was the lack of nudity. I…

  • Pearl

    Pearl

    ★★

    I appreciate the first half of this movie like I appreciated the first half of X. I get that Ti West wants to make horror/slasher whatever, but there's ways to tell a good story, too. And while the climactic confession was good, and Mia Goth gives a great performance, it felt lacking in crucial narrative ways.

  • Avatar

    Avatar

    ★★★★★

    We went to the 3D re-release for my birthday, which was coincidentally released on my birthday, and I had been excited about this fact, and it was as wonderful as I remember. Apparently, my excitement was confused with the excitement I also hold for the sequel that comes out in December, because when leaving the theater my wife informed me she thought it was the sequel until about ten minutes in. I love her so much.

  • Moonage Daydream

    Moonage Daydream

    ★½

    I can't believe how much sound and fury this movie contained. I appreciate the whole "Bowie in his own words" approach but the whiz-bang of it all really could have contained more substance. The director concocted a 2.5 hours movie and didn't really touch on the 1990s, 2000s, or the last few years of Bowie's life when he was really exploring. Instead, it treads common ground with concert footage and music videos inter spliced with era-appropriate footage that maybe influenced…