25 // oscar obsessed // Amy Adams and Michelle Williams stan first, Oscar Isaac stan second, human being third
When I was younger, probably around the age of eight, I accidentally fell asleep with the TV left on. In the middle of the night, I woke up to a late-night news show on a repeated cycle of several images. In my delirious, half-awake state, I became fixated on a particular man's face. In the dark, he looked absolutely terrifying. Even 18 years later, I can see him so clearly in my mind's eye. I became paralysed, unable to get…
Never Rarely Sometimes Always 2020
Something I really respect about Eliza Hittman's camera is that it's impartial. As with her stellar film Beach Rats, Never Rarely Sometimes Always is focused on Autumn pretty much all the way through the film, often in long takes as her expressive face takes a simple story and turns it up several notches and gives us unobstructed emotions. Sidney Flanigan is exceptional in the lead role, using implied depth to tell the story, not that the substance isn't there in…
Hypnotic, bold, and strikingly original, Carmen breathes through its musical sequences, beautifully crafted by Nicholas Britell’s gigantic, heart-rending score tracks. I was moved from the very beginning and my attachment only increased while watching Carmen and Aidan move around each other and intertwine. Mescal is reliably fantastic, but Melissa Barrera steals the show with a towering, multi-faceted performance. This is a film I wish I had made. Brilliant all round.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2002
John Corbett really made a career out of playing really nice men
Dear Future Children 2021
A beautifully made, relentlessly powerful call to action.