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Joseph has written 135 reviews for films during 2020.

  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★½

    the best comic book film. one of the only ones that manage to perfectly balance good fun over-the-top superhero cheese with genuine pathos and character work. also by far the best distillation and examination of Spider-Man’s core ethos, and a film that works almost perfectly on its own terms as well as representing universal themes. i mean, none of us can climb walls or shoot webs, but i think we all- especially those of us in our early twenties- feel…

  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense

    ★★★★★

    last night I got drunk and went absolutely feral to this film and forgot to log it, anyway greatest film of all time

  • Amadeus

    Amadeus

    ★★★★★

    as a mediocrity this film made me feel seen ❤️

  • American Psycho

    American Psycho

    ★★★★★

    or, as I like to call it, American.

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    ★★★★★

    it’s pretty rare to see an action blockbuster that manages to balance heart, brains, emotion, craft, and sheer high octane thrills perfectly. when you do, it looks like this.

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★½

    there are action sequences, and there are ACTION SEQUENCES.

  • Skin

    Skin

    ★★½

    competent enough, I guess. excellent at examining the damage of indoctrination and how extremely difficult it is to break out of it. jamie bell is pretty good. it’s pretty hard to be invested or feel empathy when you can’t help but feel this person deserves almost everything that happens to him. however, the film does a fair enough job at demonstrating the hard truth that for many of these people, this is how they are raised from birth. in this way, it’s good at cultivating empathy for those trying to change themselves and purge themselves of hate.

  • Love Streams

    Love Streams

    ★★★★½

    love as a “continuous stream,” as an undercurrent guiding all, as an ever-present force lurking under every mistake, shortcoming, and hurt. if it IS a continuous stream, too often we build our dams to quell its flow- this film examines the cost, the worth; ponders how and if it’s possible to break down these barriers- to let the stream loose and glide along in its current. Cassavetes and Rowlands are electric. script is superb. will absolutely be diving into more of Cassavetes’ work very soon.

  • Clue

    Clue

    ★★★★½

    my favorite piece of communist propaganda

  • Pierrot le Fou

    Pierrot le Fou

    ★★★★★

    ennui! romance! adventure! hitmen! politics! random fourth wall breaking and deconstruction of narrative convention! music! poetry! life! just go with it! pure and boisterously creative cinema. in our attempts to free ourselves from society’s cages, to live- via creating, running away, loving- we find ourselves trapped yet again in new ones of our own making. so what’s the solution? who fucking knows? all I know is this is kino

  • Clue

    Clue

    YYYEEAHHHSHDHFHTJTHSH

  • The Age of Innocence

    The Age of Innocence

    ★★★★★

    I like movies where hot rich people are horny and miserable