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  • The Adventures of Robin Hood

    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    ★★★½

    horses do not know they're in a movie

  • An American Pickle

    An American Pickle

    ★★★½

    This movie feels like several different movies combined into one. But that’s okay because I actually really like movies. Very big fan of Simon Rich!!!!

  • She Dies Tomorrow

    She Dies Tomorrow

    ★★★½

    A feature film adaptation of that thing where you mention that you don't know where your tongue is supposed to rest in your mouth

  • The Stunt Double

    The Stunt Double

    damien chazelle said stunt performers rights

  • The Hudsucker Proxy

    The Hudsucker Proxy

    ★★★★★

    "Mr. Klein up to nine, Mrs. Dell, Personnel, Mr. Levin, thirty-seven."
    "Thirty-six."
    "WALK DOWN."

    Good lord! A movie so absolutely in my wheelhouse it feels like a tragedy to imagine I never saw it. Like a white, art deco Putney Swope. Jamelle perfectly described it as "Citizen Kane filtered through the Animaniacs." A wonderful, fantastical capitalist/corporate satire with a zillion quotable lines. If the Oscars properly recognized comedy, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tim Robbins would've gotten noms that year. JJL's…

  • Miller's Crossing

    Miller's Crossing

    ★★★★

    Polito, Finney, and Freeman are just absolutely incredible in this feature-length adaptation of the “Smooth Criminal” video.

  • The Muppets

    The Muppets

    ★★★★½

    Joy joy joy! I love the Muppets like they were my own children. These movies just start full-on with a bang, always just gag after gag after gag. Still can't believe "Man or Muppet" is the song that won an Oscar from this ("Life's A Happy Song" would've been my pick) but I'd be hard pressed to find one song in the entire Muppet canon that isn't an absolute banger, so good on them for finally recognizing it! When I…

  • The Brothers Bloom

    The Brothers Bloom

    ★★★★½

    yes i did just watch this like 9 days ago, but i set it as the first film on a month-long list of movies i scheduled for my friend to watch in august and when i said “i’d be down to watch any of these with you over facetime” she immediately called my bluff. having had 9 days to reflect before a third viewing, i would say that this is still a good movie

  • Set It Off

    Set It Off

    ★★★★½

    YOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

    Top-tier 90s film, top-tier heist film, top-tier black film, top-tier buddy film. Hits all the cliches and still makes them work! Fun, tense, chaotic, driving, and extremely emotional. Black women carry and compartmentalize so much fucking pain and these women are so good at showing it with just their faces. Brought me to that full body precipice-of-tears shaky feeling multiple times. It's so good I started watching at 1am and still finished in one sitting. Yes, I am very…

  • The Man Who Wasn't There

    The Man Who Wasn't There

    ★★★★

    Entirely possible I’m pulling a Theme That Wasn’t There from this (or even that I am seeing something that is extremely obvious to everybody else who knows!!) but, I think this is an ironic tragedy about a depressed queer man desperately aching for meaning. Whether that’s meaning through companionship or through success or through patronage of someone else’s talents (in exchange for companionship) and if so, that makes it the saddest and most tender film in the Coen canon as…

  • Hail, Caesar!

    Hail, Caesar!

    ★★★★★

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

    When I saw this in theaters I loved it but I let other people's reactions to it convince me that it's a film that works as a collection of great individual scenes, but not as a cohesive picture. Wrong! I love this movie. I think everything single thing about it is absolutely wonderful. A gorgeous and truly joyful farce about communists and the studio system era that feels like it celebrates each just as much as it admonishes them. A…

  • Barton Fink

    Barton Fink

    ★★★½

    Dark, dark, dark, and almost purposefully alienating. A great depiction of writer's block, distraction, the bloodsucking nature of "muse", the emptiness of art produced under capitalism, and the pretentiousness of working class tourism. Or, so I think! Who knows what da hell this movie's about!!

    Tony Shalhoub and Michael Lerner are so fucking good. Writing do be like that sometimes!