• Microhabitat

    Microhabitat

    ★★½

    as i was finishing up the movie, i saw a notification on my phone pop up and decided to see what it was about. apparently a couple of my friends had joined a discord server that hacked your account or something and sent an invite to everybody you knew. and while i'm sure there truly isn't any real risk in terms of account safety, the scary part of it all was imagining having to randomly message people you haven't talked…

  • The Turin Horse

    The Turin Horse

    ★★★★½

    i think bela tarr's visual style has gotta be one of the hardest to replicate, which shouldn't be the case but it kind of is. his movement, the shadows, every second feels hand painted, painstakingly slouched over. though i suppose his real talent is in bringing that out of the natural, or at least knowing that it was there all along. and if not that, then his talent is probably getting you to forget what time it is, because for…

  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★½

    it's hard not to talk about the vvitch without bringing up when it first came out, because even though it's been said a million times before, i really had not seen anything like it back in 2016; as the music swelled on the growing image of the cold and sparsely prickled trees, me and bozo stopped mid conversation and did not speak for the rest of the film. at the time it was actually the scariest movie i'd ever seen.…

  • Climax

    Climax

    this feels like a movie so close to something i would love. it has all the mindless and petty characters (and an impressive amount of them at that), great music, and all the dance stuff at the beginning is super enthralling. but the problem is that, instead of exploring those characters and capitalizing on what it's set up by focusing on letting these pent up and confused people deconstruct themselves and the interpersonal anguish that you could ignite, it just…

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★½

    i'm glad that eggers held onto his theatrical edge even on this wider scale, but i think it exposes a lot of his weaknesses as a filmmaker. like, when you look back at the reaction to the vvitch ("how was this his first movie!"), it really didn't make a lot of sense; it's such a small scale and rigid style of filmmaking to accompany a small scale story. in retrospect, it would've been insane if he found a way to…

  • Moses and Aaron

    Moses and Aaron

    ★★★★½

    the greatest musical of all time

  • Last Year at Marienbad

    Last Year at Marienbad

    ★★★★½

    "he was deconstructing the cinematic form" no he was fixing it

  • The Scary of Sixty-First

    The Scary of Sixty-First

    ½

    dasha my love, if only tarkovsky were alive today to see the seeds he planted blossom and sprout, to reap what his innovations have sown.

    i feel like i should be able to properly review this, to finally cut out this curse that's crawling under my skin, but i just can't. even on my second viewing i still cannot tell how much of this she believes is a joke and how much she actually agrees with, because i refuse to…

  • Breathless

    Breathless

    ★★½

    shockingly this is my very first godard, and despite not being blown away i'm definitely interested in his other work. i mean, the loose filmmaking here is stunning, and not just for its time, and you'll never find a film from 1960 more in love with the most childish characters imaginable. in that, godard wanted to push film to reflect reality more, and 60 years in retrospect he succeeded by every measure, even if he failed to fully realize such…

  • Deseret

    Deseret

    ★★★½

    bro what the fuck is wrong with utah

  • Nostalgia

    Nostalgia

    ★★★★★

    i'm not quite sure what failed to connect for me on my first watch, despite having still adored it, but this is easily top 3 tarkovsky for me at this point. arguably the densest, most upset dialogue he ever wrote, and the legendary protest scene may be the most harrowing thing i've ever seen.

  • Dead Souls

    Dead Souls

    ★★★★★

    it should come as no surprise to anyone that the vast majority of letterboxd reviews are unreadable, both literally and figuratively, but honestly? some of the reviews here really take the cake; "too long, too boring, not a lot of info" etc. like, what were you expecting when you signed up for an 8 hour movie about chinese concentration camps? i'm sorry that it's not keeping your short attention span with a constant iv drip of adrenaline and infographs, but…