• Hillbilly Elegy

    Hillbilly Elegy

    ★★★

    Scavenger Hunt #70: Director you dislike: Ron Howard
    This definitely shouldn't be an Oscar/awards contender but in an alternate reality I could see it forcing itself through. It's a Ron Howard movie with schmaltz and old age makeup and a relatively simple, biographical narrative. Actually surprised it has received so much hate. Forgettable not atrocious.

  • I'm No Longer Here

    I'm No Longer Here

    ★★★★

    Scavenger Hunt #70: Canadian or Mexican
    At the end of the day, art is the only thing that can get you through the day, whether movies, books, or cumbia music. I thought the cast was astounding and in particular our lead. Obviously the hair and costuming were important, but the facial acting and range of exhaustion, frustration, fear, but also jubilation are fantastic.

  • Canvas

    Canvas

    ★★½

    I'm sure the story and thought is from the heart, but felt like this was a parody of a Pixar short rather than something original. Maybe I'm harsh and it is just the branding that has completely blinded me.

  • The Grandmaster

    The Grandmaster

    ★★★★

    Scavenger Hunt #70: Actor in 3+ Wong Kar Wai Films: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung
    I was hypnotized by this movie from the opening credits. The fights are epic and have such a strong, moody lighting that I haven't seen in many kung fu films (but my palette is so very limited, I am aware). Yeah truly a cliche but truly every frame a painting. Operatic and such a contrast from the Donnie Yen interpretation of Ip Man.

  • Castle in the Sky

    Castle in the Sky

    ★★★★½

    Letterboxd Season Challenge Week 17: GKIDS Week
    Though Miyazaki is an animator, it feels like he has a cast of regular actors like other auteurs; Sheeta as Kiki, Dola and husband as Yubaba and Kamaji from Spirited Away. The bomb and its unavoidable chain to hubris lurks over the Ghibli world. We have to connect to the Earth and nature and the rocks. Maybe not become Uncle Pom in the caves, but you know keep some doves or pigeons around like Pazu.

  • Lorena, Light-footed Woman

    Lorena, Light-footed Woman

    ★★★½

    Running in a dress and sandals faster and longer than I could ever dream. Though she isn't smiling, I think Lorena is at peace, and truly happy.

  • John Was Trying to Contact Aliens

    John Was Trying to Contact Aliens

    ★★★★½

    Feels like a really powerful message especially in the times of COVID. Communication with aliens and a feeling of disconnection is so prevalent but there is hope. Hetero, homo, or xeno sexual there is an alien out there for us all.

  • Possessor

    Possessor

    ★★★½

    The espionage and cold cutting of a Nolan film mixed with the horror of Cronenberg Sr. and a little of Panos Cosmatos. Truly disturbing and some surreal moments of mind/body merging that make your skin crawl. The atmosphere is the star of the film but at the end, I was wanting more, something more revelatory. Instead, the scene was so depressing, so empty.

  • Sputnik

    Sputnik

    ★★½

    Scavenger Hunt #70: Russian or Soviet
    Sputnik is a serviceable horror film with an austere visual spectrum of fluorescent lights and beige utilitarianism. I didn't feel like I grasped our lead in the same way of touchstones like a Ripley or Sarah Connor.

  • The Speed Cubers

    The Speed Cubers

    ★★★

    I guess the real 12x12x12 Rubik's Cube were the friends we solved along the way.

  • Lingua Franca

    Lingua Franca

    ★★★½

    Scavenger Hunt #70: Filipino or Thai
    The heart of MAGA and strength politics; making things that much shittier for people who already have it tough. Life is relatively fine for established, white, upper middle class but for immigrants, trans community, minorities, non-union service workers, circumstances go worse to worst. The ending left me empty though. I'm not sure what to make of the final scene.

  • Spaceship Earth

    Spaceship Earth

    ★★★

    Maybe a cult, maybe spotty on the scientific rigor but definitely fucked by Steve Bannon.