• The Big Short

    The Big Short

    The Big Short goes out of its way to explain its subject matter, but herein lies its biggest problem.

    But after floundering in comical self-indulgence, inviting the likes of objectified Margot Robbie and Selena Gomez on screen to deliver important explanation to an audience assumed too dumb to grasp a lick of the proceedings, the film does eventually find its footing in the intimate portrayal of widespread tragedy. Whereas most Wall Street films find most of their attention in glamorization…

  • Boogie Nights

    Boogie Nights

    You’ll have to unfollow me and petition for a Letterboxd dislike button…

    So, I watched my first PTA film last night after being intimidated by the director’s filmography for no particular reason, and yeah, I get it.

    It’s okay, you can leave now.

    If for some reason you’re sticking around though, I’ll be back with a review shortly, and after that I’ll either be rewatching this or binging the rest of PTA in order.

    I sense the beginning of a love affair…

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★★½

    High school is endlessly fascinating, and it’s always a treat when we get a high school / teenage-perspective film helmed by someone who actually remembers how it felt in those days, because though the trends, groups, slang, and norms differ, there are certain feelings that will always stay the same. 

    Booksmart is an education on these feelings.

    I think it’s actually really important that this film is a directorial debut. Olivia Wilde clearly has a deep understanding of the medium,…

  • Johnny English Reborn

    Johnny English Reborn

    Despite his mostly lackluster filmography, Rowan Atkinson completely has me under his charm. It takes a truly amazing talent to make this lazy crap watchable and even rewatchable. Johnny English is recommended if you can block everything else out, but do keep in mind that it’s just more of the same comedic-lobotomization.

    Go watch the Rowan Atkinson Live show on YouTube.

  • Fantastic Beasts 5

    Fantastic Beasts 5

    Angel: “Okay, repeat after me: If I don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Just like that.”

    Me: “If I don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. If I don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. If I don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Okay, I’ve got it.”

    Demon: “You can’t help but agree that the Fantastic Beasts franchise can go straight to…

  • La Haine

    La Haine

    ★★★★★

    I love movies about people failing miserably to comprehend the lessons and growth opportunities dangling like carrots in front of their noses.

    It’s a morbid curiosity thing that only applies to movies.

    Do you smell carrots?

    Nevermind.

  • The Red Shoes

    The Red Shoes

    A life’s goal of mine is to one day make a film that generations to come will put on their watchlist and look at from time to time, always with increased intimidation.

    Oh, and I still haven’t seen this film… but you can bet it’s on my watchlist, so one day I might!

  • Funny Games

    Funny Games

    I have to respect a film that had the last laugh. I haven't felt this manipulated by a film in a long time. And I kind of like it...?

    Much like WE are the product whenever we scroll Instagram, Funny Games (2007) makes its audience the product - the butt of the joke - knowing that by the time we figure out what has actually happened, we'll be too far gone to do anything about it. And much like scrolling…

  • Spree

    Spree

    As entertaining as it is disturbingly balls-to-the-wall, Spree scratched a certain found-footage horror itch, but also left a bad taste in my mouth - not for lack of quality in a few key areas, but simply because the subject matter hits pretty close to home, having personally spent time around a few Kurt-alikes over the years.

    Our main character antagonist is an extreme example of the social media generation gone bad, and it’s not quite far fetched enough to separate…

  • But I'm a Cheerleader

    But I'm a Cheerleader

    I think I just found my new comfort film.

    Letterboxd reviews were my introduction to But I'm a Cheerleader, and I find it odd since this should have been on my radar long ago for how wonderfully quirky and ultimately enjoyable it is.

    I want to say something profound about this film's approach to homosexuality, its accuracies and inaccuracies, but I'm simply not in a position to. Luckily for me though (in a similar fashion to my last review ironically…

  • Titane

    Titane

    Like me, you probably went into Titane with expectations. How did that go?

    Okay, how the f**k am I supposed to review something like this?

    Oh well... Here goes...

    Titane is an explosion of tweaked existing ideas, intertwined in a somehow coherent clusterf**k of one wild adventure through a state just above humanity... or is it just below.

    You step out into a sunlit garden that smells of sweet spring. You step into a sectioned-off crime scene that smells of…

  • Climax

    Climax

    ★★★★★

    Fifth or sixth viewing and I'm overdue for a proper review.

    Climax is a perfect example of a polarizing film and has been discussed extensively because of this. I therefore don't think I have anything new to say that hasn't already been said in terms of the filmmaking, but I believe there is still room for this entry among the rest for me to illustrate the personal impact of this unforgettable film experience.

    I ate a single psilocybin mushroom once,…