• Strange World

    Strange World

    ★★★½

    Nice climate change metaphor Disney movie. Very much hope it teaches kids to care about this planet differently. Just wish it was better.

  • Violent Night

    Violent Night

    ★★★★½

    Violent Night is John Wick + Home Alone + Die Hard + Bad Santa!! Skullcrusher Santa brings us the holly jolly, brutal R-rated Holiday action escapism we all need right now. David Harbour is the best drunk Santa since Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa. This movie is certainly not for kids, but definitely for adults of all ages.

    Violent Night is exactly the blast I was hoping it would be. I'm glad they don't sugarcoat how Christmas has become…

  • Willow

    Willow

    ★★★★★

    "Willow, this is war, not agriculture."

    An all-timer for me. Showing my partner this for her first time and glad to report that she enjoyed it immensely. It's an impressively "woke" film pre-dating wokeness by more than ~25 years and yet it doesn't try to show this off, it just IS badass which is exactly what makes it so engaging and endearing and empowering to watch - even so many years later.

  • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

    Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

    ★★★★

    Puss in Boots: The Anime. This is really good. I'm totally loving the new DreamWorks Animation style, this whole film feels fresh and exciting.

  • Triangle of Sadness

    Triangle of Sadness

    ★★★★

    I still really don't like the ending of this at all...

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    ★★★★★

    You guys know this is a masterpiece, right? You can't even question it - this is a fact. Boggis, Bunce and Bean!! Gettin' their stuff stoleen!! By the wily fox, and the dorky possum, and the animals who love to eat everything clean!! Ha ha.

    Honestly would say this is up there as one of the best animated films ever in cinema history. Every last frame is precious and perfectly captured and it has all these remarkable quirks and little caveats and cutaways. It's genius.

  • The Wonder

    The Wonder

    ★★★½

    [serene ethereal music plays]

    Did not think this story was going to play out the way it does. Can definitely be filed under "oh damn, okay then." Flo is the best, she's got serious talent. Though the score by Matthew Herbert is the best part about this.

  • Till

    Till

    ★★★★

    A heartbreaking story with a magnificent score by Abel Korzeniowski. Best of all - Danielle Deadwyler's outstanding performance as Mamie is the only other one this year (so far) that rivals Cate Blanchett. And I must praise Jalyn Hall as Emmett he's vitally important to this, too. Allowing us to feel his brightness and his warmth at the start is important to eventually feeling so sad when he's gone. I really think this is the only "right" way to tell…

  • UHF

    UHF

    ★★★★★

    I love Stanley Spadowski.

    This is a classic. No notes.

  • Stutz

    Stutz

    ★★★★½

    Listen to Stutz!! Trust him. This film is as meaningful and valuable as I was hoping it might be. I love how calm and cool Stutz is, and every idea is presented so cleanly making it so easy to grasp. I want to rewatch it and write down everything just to make sure I can properly remember all of his tools. I loved the big vulnerability reveal and honesty about the filmmaking in the first 30 minutes. Let's tear down those walls so we can be honest and open with each other and accomplish some good and help each other out.

  • Cloud Atlas

    Cloud Atlas

    ★★★★★

    Rewatched this in the cinema at a special 10th Anniversary screening in Berlin at Delphi Filmpalast with Tom Tykwer & Lana Wachowski as special guests. Perfect screening. Blew me away all over again.

    Some quotes from Lana during the introduction of the movie:

    "I'm so proud of the movie... I haven't watched it in 10 years, I don't really watch my movies again..."

    "I'm not a big ego person around my art. I'm very proud of my art, I think I've…

  • Sidney

    Sidney

    ★★★½

    Good but lacks depth. Mostly features other celebs gushing about how much they loved him and a basic story about his career and success and impact on Black people. But doesn't ever dig any deeper than that.