• Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★★½

    still the best psychological thriller of the year

  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    ★★★★

    the art institute of chicago… gotta be in my top 5 places in the world to vibe

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★

    my GOD jane campion really knows what she’s doing

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

    thoroughly enjoyed this very entertaining movie for a long stretch of time but weirdly enough there was an elephant in the corner of the room for like every scene. and the whole time i was like huh! there’s an elephant in this room! that’s kind of weird but everyone seems to be minding their business so i guess the elephant isn’t a problem right now. but eventually someone pokes the elephant and made me wonder why the elephant was even…

  • HAIM / Valentine

    HAIM / Valentine

    licorice pizza pregame let’s go let’s go

  • When Harry Met Sally...

    When Harry Met Sally...

    ★★★★★

    my 4th rewatch this year… how many people were scared. me too i was really really scared

  • The Lost Daughter

    The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★

    this kind of tore me up and ate me alive. raw and unflinching character studies on unlikable (or: realistic) women are always such a rare and welcome sub-genre but it’s like shooting in the dark to also portray motherhood specifically in such an unapologetically ugly light. good grief

  • Memoria

    Memoria

    ★★½

    AFI 2021: film #10

    “it’s like a rumble from the core of the earth”

    finished my fest with something that definitely wasn’t for me but i still found interesting things within, even if they were few and far between. i will say that tilda is mesmerizing regardless of what she does on screen so i can’t really complain, and i feel like that’s a good note to end this on

  • The Tsugua Diaries

    The Tsugua Diaries

    ★★★

    AFI 2021: film #9

    “it goes back”

    kind of a silly little meta pandemic drama that doesn’t fully work but also i was never really bored and the mellow guitar theme song was so nice when it popped up. that’s about it!

  • Pleasure

    Pleasure

    ★★★★½

    AFI 2021: film #8

    “it doesn’t matter what you do for a living, you have bad days at work”

    feels like i’ve been thinking about this daily and singing about it from the rooftops since sundance earlier this year, so of course i leapt at the chance to rewatch. while i still don’t think it’s perfect, (and still definitely not for everyone), i’m glad to discover that it did hold up as a striking film and a fantastic debut for…

  • Hit the Road

    Hit the Road

    ★★★★

    AFI 2021: film #7

    “off we go”
    “where to?”
    “to hell”

    chaos and comedy intertwine from the jump here but the heart lies with the relatably messy and tender family bond. so unexpectedly good

  • Petite Maman

    Petite Maman

    ★★★★½

    AFI 2021: film #6

    “you didn’t invent my sadness”

    celine is so incredibly good at naturally fitting emotion into such a neat and minimalist package, and the catharsis in experiencing what she’s made is like unwrapping a present from someone who loves you. yes it’s super cute and sweet just like i anticipated but really resonated with me in a deeper way. i can already feel my love for this blooming inside my chest