• Three Widows Against The World

    Three Widows Against The World

    ★★★★

    This film is very silly but in a way that actually lands, and I admire everyone involved for their level of commitment to the silliness. Visually it's often quite gorgeous. The musical numbers are a delight. The story is ludicrous and funny, and reminded me that my affection for Malaysia hasn't gone away.

  • Back to Alexandria

    Back to Alexandria

    ★★½

    I really wanted to like it. I would have preferred the story without the hallucinations, but gradually realised they were a major feature. I figured I'd give it a three, but finally dropped the rating because although this film aimed to be moving, it didn't succeed in getting me emotionally invested. It was nice to look at, though, and I enjoyed some of the scenes with minor characters.

  • Car Wash

    Car Wash

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It's described as a comedy but Car Wash is much more than that. It's a slice of life, specifically the lives of working-class men, mostly Black, in Los Angeles in the 1970s, and it provides so many little insights into the characters' lives and dynamics. A lot of it is done with humour, but not only with humour.

    I've always loved Lindy (Antonio Fargas), the queer character who holds her own, surrounded by a bunch of cis het men who…

  • Julie & Julia

    Julie & Julia

    ★★★★

    My fourth film in three days and this was the one that landed. It's just gentle and delightful and wholesome. Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci 😍

  • Christmas As Usual

    Christmas As Usual

    ★★½

    I'm not even mad. I expected another disposable Christmas film, and I got one. At least this one is about a transnational couple, neither of whom are Americans or rely on the US as their frame of reference. Refreshing!

    What follows are a bunch of awkward-to-messy incidents in which nobody fully manages to be the good guy. Mostly I was on the side of the Indian fiancé but a few times his behaviour is grating too. On the plus side,…

  • Man on the Run

    Man on the Run

    ★★★

    Still haven't fully gotten my head round the mechanics or the scale of 1MDB but I appreciate another opportunity to try, and especially enjoyed the moments of snark that accompanied this one. For viewers unfamiliar with Malaysia, the film omits a lot of important context about how race, class and religion intersect with decades of political manipulation. Totally get that they can't cover everything and the focus is on the financial crime, but the B-roll footage sometimes feels frustrating in…

  • The Celebration

    The Celebration

    ★★★★★

    Still the best.

  • The Old Man & the Gun

    The Old Man & the Gun

    ★★★★

    I like that we're not obliged to get invested in the cop's side of the story. This is a 'less is more' kind of film which does a really good job with the pacing.

  • May December

    May December

    ★★★½

    Hard to say what kind of depth or resolution I was looking for but it didn't quite get there. However, it did a good job along the way, evidenced by the fact that I still keep thinking about it.

  • Joy Ride

    Joy Ride

    Packed full of nonsense but also funny, touching, and thoroughly enjoyable.

  • A Haunting in Venice

    A Haunting in Venice

    ★★★½

    The Haunting of Hill House meets Clue.

  • Beginners

    Beginners

    ★★★★½

    This brought back all the raw feelings I had when I was newly bereaved. More than that, I remembered trying to navigate dating at the same time. I felt like I hadn't seen that experience portrayed before; at least, not in a way that resonated so much with me.