• Nomadland

    Nomadland

    The most striking thing for me about this film was how objective it felt while still being beautiful. It felt warm, but stayed just a neutral observer.

    Also, could this have been a documentary? Or maybe it was close enough, as is.

  • Alien³

    Alien³

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

    Watched the theatrical cut. Kind of a slog for the middle hour, but worth it for the last 10 or 15 minutes.

    Ripely cradling the alien feels laughable and genius and cheesy and deep and kind of pretentious.

    I had never made it this far before and I’m so glad it wasn’t spoiled. What a moment of pure joy/bewilderment as a film watcher.

  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    It’s neon-noir with Pokémon.

  • 1917

    1917

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

    Wow! I liked it so much more the second time. I love love love long shots, but the flimsy “one long shot” of this film really annoys me. Knowing that going in, free from the burden of expectations, I was really able to focus more on performances and story. The story is so much better than I appreciated the first time.

    Specifically the death scene. We see two people grapple, in real time, with death. And that’s bookended with scenes…

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

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

    Loved the first 2/3s even more on a rewatch. Still can’t get on board with the last third. He literally has to let his dad go.......😑

  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Really enjoyed the titan designs and the various reference to previous Godzilla canon. It shows that the filmmakers are fans like everyone else.

    But, it did get a little tiring towards the end.

  • The Old Guard

    The Old Guard

    The performances are WAY better than they need to be, especially from KiKi Layne.

  • Wendy

    Wendy

    It’s the trailer but long. Maybe style over substance, but the style is so good maybe it becomes substance? Clever adaptations of source material.

    Color blind casting leads to diverse cast (good) but also leads to unfortunate parallels with magic Black person trope. Slightly more conscious casting could have avoided that and still kept the great cast. Although, I don’t think it actually follows that trope, since Peter has his own growth and lessons to learn.

    I’d watch it again right now.

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Even after all the hype, completely floored.

  • Body and Soul

    Body and Soul

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

    From the description I was expecting a film about a “lovable scoundrel.” Maybe he even has a heart of gold. The most recent silent film I saw before this was City Lights, so that may have influenced that assumption.

    Nope, not that kind of story.

    Instead it’s a depressingly timeless story about abuse from authority figures and not believing victims, even if they’re your children. I was shocked by how much I was abke to connect with something I was…

  • 3:10 to Yuma

    3:10 to Yuma

    Most of the real action takes place in a long scene in a hotel room in the form of a conversation.

  • The Slender Thread

    The Slender Thread

    I thought this film would be about finding a reason to keep going when times are hard. But, it ends up being more about what lengths we'll go to to save someone.

    Also, they have to physically trace the phone call and it's a major part of the plot.