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Demi has written 141 reviews for films during 2019.

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★½

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

    Pelle's very first line/moment:

    MARK: See? You could be getting that girl pregnant right now.
    PELLE: And don't forget about all the Swedish women you can impregnate in June"

    Watched the Director's Cut and am of two minds about it: one, there is a scene of Christian and Dani arguing that seems pretty critical to hitting home just how shitty of a partner he is (although I wish it happened in the day, because Dani's nightmare being the only nighttime…

  • Appropriate Behavior

    Appropriate Behavior

    ★½

    I've never seen a movie with such an unlikeable protagonist.

  • Atlantics

    Atlantics

    ★★★★½

    Gorgeous! Brilliant! Fuck, this is a cool film.

    I'm glad I got to watch it with absolutely no concept of what it was about. For some reason, every single thing I've seen written about this movie so far has massive spoilers. Just watch it, don't look anything up. Let yourself be a bit confused and then feel the joy as it all comes together.

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★½

    (nothing here is a huge spoiler but i’d still avoid this if you haven’t seen it because you should go in fresh, god damn you)

    Docking a half-star because I watched this in a near-empty theater, which really hit home how much of the fun of this movie is dependent on the exact opposite! (Though it might play better at home. But boy was the lack of reactions hard to handle.)

    Also, because I watched it so intently the first…

  • Girlhood

    Girlhood

    ★★★★

    Verrrrry glad I ended up watching Céline Sciamma's previous work after being bowled over by Portrait Of A Lady On Fire. (And very glad I watched them with my girlfriend, whose insights were invaluable in helping me properly contextualize certain moments as the credits rolled.) Water Lilies, Tomboy, and Girlhood are all so different than POALOF but they carry similar themes of the complications of identity that can make the already-harrowing experience of adolescence even more distressing. Tomboy stands out…

  • Tomboy

    Tomboy

    ★★★★½

    Céline Sciamma is a rockstar, childhood is trauma, and gender is a fucking prison!

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★★

    In January of 2018 I did a 2am tweet storm about how terrific I think Rian Johnson’s films are and how perfectly they all feel like they‘re tailored to my taste. Five months later, I ran into Rian on the street in my neighborhood and he recognized me because we follow each other on Twitter. (Feel free to roll your eyes and dismiss this whole thing as a pointless humblebrag, but it’s relevant.) We made plans to grab lunch a…

  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    ★★★

    I didn’t grow up with Mr. Rogers and only know him as a legendarily kind figure of great renown, so seeing him depicted doesn’t do much for me. I had this same sort of apathy issue with Won’t You Be My Neighbor? last year, which was sweet but largely ineffectual for me. I think where this one lost me just a little more is by casting someone as bombastic as Hanks as a quiet figure, because it just feels like…

  • Little Women

    Little Women

    It feels unfair for me to rate this movie because i was 10 min late and then left to go to the bathroom an hour in and stayed in the lobby for a bit because I wasn’t really feeling it (dramatic period pieces are an uphill battle for me) but I do think it’s a good film! Just one I probably need to watch again later. Florence Pugh kinda stoke the show for me, and Chalamet has one scene in…

  • Queen & Slim

    Queen & Slim

    ★★★½

    I think Melina Matsoukas is a visionary, and one of the best contemporary black artists making unapologetically black art. I’ve been so psyched to see what a film from her looks like, and am still psyched to see her take on Y: The Last Man next year, but... I feel like I was hoping for something a lot stronger from this film.

    It’s beautiful, the soundtrack is flawless, and there’s a shocking amount of big humor in the movie that…

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

    Jesus Christ, the exhale I did at the end of this film. Adam Sandler does a predictably incredible job, but honestly every performance in this movie is terrific. Stunning, tense, and surprisingly funny in a very dark way. Nobody builds tension out of overlapping dialogue like the Safdies. And that SCORE! Oh– if the Academy fucking ignores this one like they did Good Time, they're only gonna be embarrassing themselves.

  • Bombshell

    Bombshell

    ★★★★

    I have mixed feelings on how this film handles the "it's Fox News" of it all, but Margot Robbie and Charlize Theron are doing absolutely stunning work here and the final resolution of the film is perfectly sobering and honest in a way that I didn't expect it to be. Also, every (white) actor in Hollywood is in this film! Good on them.