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Demi has written 91 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Tomboy

    Tomboy

    ★★★★½

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

  • 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.

  • Clue

    Clue

    ★★★★½

    Madeline Kahn is so fucking funny. The final line of this film is one of my favorite last lines of any movie I’ve ever seen. Keep Ryan Reynolds & the Deadpool writers away from this film.

  • John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City

    John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City

    ★★★★½

    when they inevitably reboot BIG john mulaney better get a call

  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    ★★★★½

    Wow. Honestly not sure what to say about this movie, past calling it beautiful, inside and out. I kinda can't believe it's a debut feature. Another great film in a series of great recent films about the gentrification of the Bay Area and conflicts of race and masculinity that come with the desire to push back against it.

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★½

    NZIFF FILM #5
    It’s very dumb how much time I spent considering whether to rate this 4 or 4.5 stars.

    This movie is fantastic, but for a lot of the runtime I had sort of resigned myself to feeling like this might be a very typical-feeling period gay costume drama. As the movie unfolded, I was definitely more and more enrapt in it, but not finding it particularly exciting or special, save for great dialogue and a few moments. Then…

  • The Art of Self-Defense

    The Art of Self-Defense

    ★★★★½

    NZIFF FILM #1
    I was always going to love this movie because the look and premise are so reminiscent of Battles’ music video for “Ice Cream,” (one of my favorite music videos) but I went in knowing nothing about it and wasn’t expecting a Lanthimos-esque dark comedy with one of my favorite performances of the year (Alessandro Nivola.) Fucking great. Big ups to Riley Stearns.

    Also, are Eisenberg and Poots the indie Gosling/Stone?? (I’m basing this on knowing they are in two…

  • Train to Busan

    Train to Busan

    ★★★★½

    I’d put this on a list of movies to show Maddie while living in Auckland for the summer (er, winter) and finally pushed to watch it for real tonight when Marvel announced Ma Dong-seok was gonna be in Eternals, and it’s just as fucking phenomenal as I remember. There’s a lot of moments and choices that ring as cheesy or strange but there are just as many moments and choices and balancing acts in this movie that are fucking great.…

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★★½

    There's a new Randy Newman song in the middle of this movie called "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" that absolutely sounds like a parody of a Randy Newman song