Julian has written 30 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2020.

  • I Hate New York

    I Hate New York


    The Stuff of Legends.

  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods


    I was not expecting to like this quite so much. It was constantly surprising in form and content. Plus I feel like I learned a shit-ton without realizing I was learning anything.  
    Definitely my favorite Spike Lee joint. 
    Delroy Lindo was crazy good, but kinda confused why Boseman’s performance has been so talked about. I thought Clarke Peters had a much more compelling supporting turn.

  • Klaus



    I really hope this is destined to be a Christmas Classic. Simple story but a beautiful message.

  • The Nest

    The Nest


    Carrie Coon is beyond phenomenal in this film. Seriously, so damn good.

  • Shithouse



    That is exactly how I remember it. Yes. Awkward nakedness, turtle funerals, long walks in the middle of the night.
    Being young hasn’t changed. 
    I laughed so hard at someone crying and I don’t even feel bad about it. 
    I will be telling everyone I know to watch this.

  • What the Constitution Means to Me

    What the Constitution Means to Me


    An Absolute Must See!

  • The Forty-Year-Old Version

    The Forty-Year-Old Version


    Yo, yo, yo, yo, yo...yo yo...Yo, yo.
    The uncomfortable humor was so uncomfortable... at one point I closed my eyes and plugged my ears and shouted at the screen, “Oh, No!”
    This film captured so many emotions that are difficult to name, let alone recreate. It expressed the experience of living in a way so rarely captured. 
    Radha Blank is triple threat amazing. 
    Writing, Directing, Acting. 
    Funny, Vulnerable, Fearless.
    Smart, Sexy, Sincere.
    I guess that makes her a nonuple threat.

  • I'm No Longer Here

    I'm No Longer Here


    The dancing, the hair, the heart of human experience. I went all in pretty early and it just kept getting better.

  • Babyteeth



    Can someone cast Eliza Scanlen in a role where she is not sick or dying?
    Although I did laugh several times, this is not a comedy. Each of the main characters were fully developed and wonderfully acted. The use of color and music added another tender texture to the emotional landscape. For a terminally ill teenager movie it was very grounded and genuine. It’s among my favorites so far this year.

  • Kajillionaire



    Yes. More Miranda July, please. She makes me want to invent technology that allows us to experience other people’s stream of consciousness. She is brilliant!  Hilariously dark and just strange enough to suspend disbelief, Kajillionaire exceeded my expectations. There really aren’t words. You could put on a tracksuit and do a little dance on the sparkle emanating from Gina Rodriguez in the vastness of space or take a bubble bath drenched in neglect whilst convincing yourself Stockholm syndrome isn’t real. Just slap on a mask and venture to a nearby movie theatre and sitting smiling in the dark.

  • My Octopus Teacher

    My Octopus Teacher


    Extraordinary. It filled me with so much excitement for life. I literally cannot stop smiling.

  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    Never Rarely Sometimes Always


    The titular scene. There are not words. 
    What a beautifully delicate and raw film. I am still bathed in the emotional resonance it left behind.