• Benedetta

    Benedetta

    ★★★★

    A lot of reviews have failed to prepare me for what Benedetta actually is. It’s erotic, but by way to tell the story and represent the sexual repression of women in this time period rather than a showboating exploitative sex affair. It’s funny, but not so far that it strips it of being really thoughtful and moving. It’s a clear indictment of the church and the fallacies of organized religion, yet can still make you laugh by way of its clearly dramatized moments, clever line deliveries, and devilish wit. Not at all what I was expecting, and better for it.

  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★

    A lot of similarities to Nomadland, yet manages to really sell its raw and realness through its main character, creating a cohesion rather than a distance from the non-actors involved. Powerful might be too often used, but C’mon C’mon bares its importance on the line of why you must connect with other people. The biggest thing is listening. Give others a voice and let them feel important, not to create an illusion, but to find emotions that could never break through otherwise.…

  • Decalogue VI

    Decalogue VI

    ★★★★

    Throwing around “incel” and “voyeur” would undercut just how well the material moves through the windows of two people who do not understand the differences of love, which often binds it to a limited interpretation. Thoroughly moving to see the world shaken between these two. Some stories would often lean far into perversion and violence, but this expertly explores much more dejected themes.

  • The Devil, Probably

    The Devil, Probably

    ★★★★½

    An earth that is ever more populated and ever less inhabitable. The destruction of an entire species for profit.”

    Bresson’s The Devil, Probably might not be for those with an ever inspiring hope for the world, or for those who are set in their own nihilism. As we have become more hyper-aware of societies destruction since 1977 and its everlasting impacting on future generations, we’ve either gotten better at lying to ourselves for the illusion of happiness or accepting that there…

  • Bullet in the Head

    Bullet in the Head

    ★★★

    John Woo’s The Deer Hunter. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work as well for me in the beginning stretch, so that everything from then on has less of an emotional impact. Still, Bullet in the Head might be the most erratic and non-stop guns blazing Vietnam war film ever put to screen. It has its fair share of jaw-dropping moments, and just wait until the scene that gives the title a new meaning. The latter half of the film is extremely over-the-top, in…

  • Dial M for Murder

    Dial M for Murder

    ★★★★½

    One of the most gripping thrillers I’ve ever seen. Just so densely packed and tightly wound, that I can see myself coming back to it time and time again, where it should only get better.

  • Decalogue III

    Decalogue III

    ★★★★

    Not to undermine what’s come before, but this is the most engaging of the entries thus far. While reading other reviews up to this point, it seems each of them have more of a resonance through later stages in life, making it even more desirable to come back to at another point. If you’ve ever had a flame and the embers burn long after the fire is out, you’ll be reminded of the spark that ignited it, and how tough it can be to restore what’s left. There’s beauty in it all, even if that’s living through a past that no longer can be present.

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★½

    Oddly threw this on to fall asleep to, chosen at random through the Netflix selection, only to be reminded of so many things. Lady Bird is a Thanksgiving and Christmas movie, it’s the coming-of-age drama that became my introduction to its star powered cast and director, and reminded me I’m still coming-of-age. I’m still finding out these concepts built into society become shattered once you open your mind, and how painful it can be when it travels down to your heart. Love…

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★½

    A slow-burn modern take on the age old western, where it takes a bit to come into its own. Cumberbatch is solid, and as I was waiting for his performance to be sold to me, the supporting cast standouts of Dunst and Smit-McPhee make him flourish when it matters most. A new up and coming town is the perfect backdrop, instilling how important it is to care for the foundations before building on top of it. It speaks to the…

  • Ace in the Hole

    Ace in the Hole

    ★★★★

    Plot description may not sound enticing, but as soon as you realize the commentary it’s speaking on, it becomes captivating, all while the depravity slowly sets in and long lingers after. Billy Wilder was selling a story about a man selling stories, and all the years since, there was more profit and interest in the carnival than the spins it lends with the final shot. I don’t think we’ve ever been so far from the truth and so far from humanity. You see a groundbreaking story, offer your words for non other than engagement, then pack it up for the next road show to begin.

  • GoodFellas

    GoodFellas

    ★★★★

    Curious about how to articulate exactly why this doesn’t land as my favorite of Scorsese’s work nor as my favorite gangster flick. Common criticisms are that the characters aren’t likable, which feels okay if you aren’t drawn in early, therefore making the rest of the film lack in any sort of entertainment.  It also feels like a wild take on the latter half, going against what exactly the film is going for. I did find the bulk of it really…

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★★½

    “But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”  
    -Matthew 5:28

    A slow burn erotic-thriller with maybe more minimal dialogue as it’s hushed through its passages, but as densely packed and thought provoking as any other Kubrick I’ve seen. The more talked about material, extracted by the masses from the source it appears, is this underbelly of the rich, able to move through darkness untouched, thanks to…