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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    A masterpiece of a certain kind of minimalist filmmaking as well as an unusually rewarding period romance with Gothic undertones, Celine Sciamma's Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a soul-stirring dramatic piece imbued with an almost fatalistic romantic longing. Set in France in the year 1770, Sciamma's film details the forbidden love that develops between a painter, Marianne (Noemie Merlant) and the woman who she is commissioned in secret to paint a wedding portrait of, Heloise (Adele Haenel) while…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    For over fifteen years since he first announced himself as an international filmmaker to command respect with Memories of Murder (2003), South Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho has displayed unusual intelligence and skill while combining thrills, chills, social commentary, and dark humor in such highly distinct films as The Host (2006), Mother (2010), and Snowpiercer (2013). With his latest triumph Parasite, which claimed the top prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Bong has crafted arguably his greatest masterpiece; A deeply…

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  • Showgirls

    Showgirls

    Often regarded as a great guilty pleasure, I found it to be just a pleasure. Paul Verhoeven is a fucking madman. No choice but to stan.

  • Batman Returns

    Batman Returns

    I don’t know if it’s the best Batman film, but it’s definitely the most gorgeously produced, and by far the horniest. Michelle Pfeiffer is amazing as Catwoman.

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  • The New World

    The New World

    Did you find your Indies, John? You shall.

    I may have sailed past them.

    God, perhaps one of the most devastatingly beautiful exchanges in all of cinema. A Malick masterpiece.

  • Life Itself

    Life Itself

    Fascinating and wonderful documentary that tells the story of Ebert’s life in both his own words and those who knew him best. I miss Roger.