• Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé

    Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé

    ★★★★★

    I make a little game of thinking about celebs outside the film industry in terms of how their skill set would translate to 5 major production jobs (e.g. Taylor Swift would be a good writer and editor, Obama would be a good actor, Michael Jordan would be a great producer and a famed director whose process was seen as deeply abusive years down the line.) Beyonce is the one person I can think of who would be smack dab in the…

  • Love Actually

    Love Actually

    had avoided watching this movie for years until my friends made me do so tonight. but then we got high and talked over it all so my life has not changed significantly. crazy how no one has ever once talked about how this movie is actually problematic

  • Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé

    Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé

    ★★★★★

    The most immaculate showman alive. Watched this whole thing going "god I want to be there so bad" and I literally was! Really loved the behind-the-scenes stuff, especially the little break in Alien Superstar and the narration up top that describes every aspect that goes into this tour.

    Obviously, every musician documentary like this is a bit of a hagiography, but within that I truly truly love how much Beyonce insists on highlighting the history and culture that is so…

  • The Iron Claw

    The Iron Claw

    as someone who doesn’t know a lot about wrestling i think it poses a very important question early on that aims to set up the stakes of how promotion/wins within the world works, but doesn’t really answer it very well and that kinda left me confused, but i understand that the movie is not even slightly about the technicality of wrestling so it doesn’t matter. i didn’t realize until a friend brought it up but there’s an entire sixth Von…

  • The Godfather: Part II

    The Godfather: Part II

    sometimes you learn about a deep betrayal at the worst possible moment and it ruins any chance you had of enjoying a guy with a big hog that your brother wanted to show you

  • The Godfather

    The Godfather

    ★★★★½

    don: a sicilian cannot refuse a request on the day of their daughter's wedding
    cops: i request you stop all the crime
    don: god fucking damn it

  • Maestro

    Maestro

    kind of stunning? some of the most beautiful black and white film photography i’ve seen in years, and so different from almost anything else Libatique has done that I was shocked to see his name when the credits rolled. you can tell bradley cooper wanted to make something so distinctly different from A Star Is Born to prove himself as a worthwhile director, but it never feels showy or Oscar bait-y, just focused and purposefully composed. the performances are so…

  • Sneakers

    Sneakers

    ben kingsley has such a cute little villain run. like a man directed to fake jogging with a distance of only 4 feet to go

  • Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

    Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

    memory can be so kind. justin theroux walking through the fire really imprinted on young me as being an incredibly sexual, hulking, imposing force that cannot be stopped. on this watch i am like “that’s a little irish schoolboy. that’s a little hooligan. you can’t start smoking cigarettes just cause you’re in 1st year seamus”

    bollywood level action scenes here, but without enough winking to suggest that they know and love it. i remember so much of this movie more than…

  • All That Jazz

    All That Jazz

    ★★★★½

    Cannot really think of another movie like this. We sat for a bit afterwards trying to find the right adjective to describe it since "sad" wasn't really apt, and the closest thing I can come up with is "haunting." The scene of Katie and Michelle dancing is so heartbreaking on a second watch. He could've had it all. I don't think there are a ton of parallels in my life to Bob Fosse's (don't have a daughter, not working on…

  • Charlie's Angels

    Charlie's Angels

    core foundational text for me. don’t think there’s been a more strongly-rendered secondary antagonist than the creepy thin man in the 23 years since this movie came out. just so happened to turn my head all the times something racist happened so those moments don’t exist. lucy liu’s face makes me feel like a blind man finally seeing the sun set

  • The Wild Bunch

    The Wild Bunch

    incredible action sequences and editing. made me feel terrible in my gut from start to finish. horses do not know they are in a movie