• The 3rd Annual Live 'On Cinema' Oscar Special

    The 3rd Annual Live 'On Cinema' Oscar Special

    half-unconscious tim cheerfully reading from the silmarillion's pronunciation notes is an underrated moment

  • The Sixth Sense

    The Sixth Sense

    i do like some later shyamalan better but this is truly brilliant. when i first saw this as a teen i didn’t really appreciate how he uses the audience’s understanding of the language of editing against them, imitating Malcolm’s experience of suddenly appearing and disappearing in time all the while assuming he’s experiencing things continuously. it’s just so fucking smart. ppl in my circle don’t tend to talk about this one so much bc we’re all so eager to defend his later work but the guy has been a genius from the jump.

  • Oculus

    Oculus

    i would be able to tell the difference between reality and hallucination basically without even trying

  • Escape Room

    Escape Room

    god this movie is a treat. i honestly liked it more on rewatch than i did in theaters. a really neat, inventive thriller with some great weirdo production design and really fun performances. and not a trace of "umm that's not a thing" writing to be found! a true diamond in the rough.

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    delightful film about two funny guys who are really big

  • Bad Trip

    Bad Trip

    a beautiful ode to the human ability to be cool and generous with strangers even in bizarre and uncomfortable circumstances

  • Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

    Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

    ok forget what i said about death note. THIS movie is a hoot!!!

  • Death Note
  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

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

    the snyder cut begins with a prolonged and anguished scream. superman's dying wail projects with such supersonic force that it's heard in the city across the bay, and under the sea, and eventually across the entire world. everyone on earth knows and shares in his suffering. it's an obvious extension of snyder's series of christian metaphors with the character, and it also calls back to his previous film's channeling of real-world national/global tragedy. but more than that, i think it's…

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

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

    not satisfied with pulling a bait-and-switch on its marketing, where the trailers and posters promise a poppy rape-revenge thriller and the actual film depicts a woman doing nothing but delivering epic twitter owns to various character actors in brightly lit rooms for 2 hours, the film says to itself "no i think i could go a step further and be legit evil" and ends with its character getting suffocated to death on screen and some hero cops arresting her killer.…

  • Paranormal Activity 4

    Paranormal Activity 4

    it's kind of astonishing how badly this film misunderstands both the appeal of the series and its central formal ideas. there's no rising tension in this film, no small chilling moments of strange activity building and building until they reach a violent, thrashing fever pitch. it's structured more like a horror film from the james wan school instead; scares come in a single loud register, sprinkled throughout so intermittently that most of the film is just unforgivably boring.

    the film…

  • Paranormal Activity 3

    Paranormal Activity 3

    on rewatch, not as good as 2................but still a lot of fun!