• Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer

    Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer

    ★★

    Interesting stuff, but I probably have my own viewpoint of Aileen's "mental fitness"

    To be clear, I don't support the death penalty. No one should be given the death penalty. It is certainly ineffective in every thing it is designed to do, and it is morally wrong.

    With that said, I'm not really sure how I feel about the armchair psychiatric assertion that Aileen could not have possibly been relatively mentally fit. The fact is, despite some clear paranoid delusions,…

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★★

    Nostalgia works and some of this felt like some kind of fun fever dream of brand synergy, but boy it's just begging to be compared to way better movies, huh? (and uh... two movies of equal quality). I can't imagine this surviving a second viewing, but hey, I had fun.

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★

    Pulled through on the strength of its performances, particularly Ke Huy Quan who gives one of my favourite turns I've seen in a while, but this juuuust straddles the border of insufferable at times and is undeniably sophomoric. I won't deny it's fun to watch something where I really did have no idea what was going to happen next, but the filmmakers refuse to just drop a gag once - it has to be absolutely hammered into oblivion - and…

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Almost fascinating in how it perfectly synthesizes multiple drives of death-denial. Death was just a joke and a bit in the original Ghostbusters, but now adult men approaching their obsolescence want to ensure they can see their lives and their loves extended perpetually into the future: maybe if I take my Dad's work and co-opt it for myself, despite understanding none of it? Maybe I'll take my pop culture obsessions and ensure I repackage it, contextless and weightless, so that…

  • All That Heaven Allows

    All That Heaven Allows

    ★★★★

    Saw this when I was like 19 and didn't care for it. Im so stupid.

  • Bull Durham

    Bull Durham

    ★★★

    Not really for me in the end, but I would like to cheer for how... sexy this movie is? And not in a raunchy college movie way, but in the sense that this was a comedy for adults, who live in a world of adults. Adults who have sex. Really makes it clear how infantilizing mainstream filmmaking often is these days. It's a shame we lost it.

  • CODA

    CODA

    ★★★

    Any objection I have to this is more in retrospect than in the moment. Makes the case that there is actually nothing wrong with being cliched or predictable. Overall, it's nice! It's just nice. It's about as good as a movie can get while still being instantly forgettable. Hard to believe Kotsur's performance exists in the same movie as the choir teacher. The best part is how horny the parents are.

  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

    Fully drinking the Kool-aid here. Much like in Happy Hour, Hamaguchi wants to take a leap of faith that by foregrounding process and the minutia thereof of... anything (in this case, the creation of a multilingual play, or in Happy Hour, a work shop or a book reading), human connection will happen as an emergent phenomena, both in life and on film. Found the "work" here absolutely thrilling. Almost surprised he tosses us a montage instead of rigorously proceeding through even more script-readings like he probably would have in Happy Hour.

  • Belfast

    Belfast

    Really dire stuff. Starts like an ad you see on the back of an airplane seat, then settles in for absolutely surface-level filmmaking, with disorienting shots, questionable directing, and a screenplay that just stinks from one end to the other. Branagh clearly has more interest in how to end a scene than, say, what happens IN the scene, which turns this into a 90 minute trailer. Absolutely no insight into the history, the politics, the characters, their relationships, or anything. Like a shadow of a photo of a scan of a memoir. The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang scene is embarrassing.

  • Loki

    Loki

    ★★

    Works as designed: my laundry has now been folded, x6.

    (Starts actually very good! And then every episode is worse than the last. Kind of embarassing.)

  • Jackass Forever

    Jackass Forever

    ★★★★★

    Not even sure how to start talking about this: it's the ultimate expansion of what started as "lowbrow" outsider art and has blossomed into increasingly creative and ambitious directions. Buster Keaton, Jackie Chan: performers willing to put their own physical bodies on the line for entertainment, an increasingly dying breed, and I think the only ones who are still willing to do this are all here. It's Vaudeville concentrated into its purest essence of "look at me while I do…

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    There's some pathos in the climactic scene here, but otherwise this is just 2+ hours with zero laughs (!) and some truly awful editing. Extremely dull.