Kendall Beachey

Barista: living, writing, and working in KC; chipping away at literature, film, and culture.

Favorite films

  • The Tree of Life
  • Phantom Thread
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • Drive My Car

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  • Prey

    ★★★½

  • No Sudden Move

    ★★★½

  • Interstellar

    ★★★★

  • Nope

    ★★★★

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  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    The only way to be happy is to love. Unless you love, your life will flash by.

    My Mom died of COVID on October 20, 2020.

    Ever since I've known I needed to rewatch this movie. It is a film I have watched probably more than any other film. It still sticks with me even though the person I am now and the person I was when I first saw it in theaters almost a decade ago are so very…

  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

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

    As a remarkable film, A Ghost Story is a lot like its main protagonist, always teetering on the edge between existence and slipping away. There are multiple points where it seems like the sublime nature of the film is going to be drowned out by its own weight, whether veering into the pretentious, sappy, trite, or overwrought. This might be most evident in the extended monologue on nihilism near the film's center but peaks through at several other moments; the…

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  • Prey

    Prey

    ★★★½

    This was just a ton of fun. I could have done without the scenes cutting to the predator separate from Naru. I preferred experiencing the story through her eyes rather than the cutaways. But how else are you going to get that predation gore?

    Watched the Comanche dub.

  • No Sudden Move

    No Sudden Move

    ★★★½

    This sure did go down easy. Soderbergh knows how to make a story move at the right pace to be delightful and he knows that if he fills it with a cast like this, there will be gems along the way.

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  • Hard Eight

    Hard Eight

    ★★★★½

    Week 18: January 20th-26th
    Post-80's Neo-Noir Week

    Hard Eight grabs you from its first scene and does not let go until it's last moments. It begins with a subtle music cue of funeral church bells and ends with a Christmas song. Everything that happens in between is the sort of pulpy noir storytelling that is elevated with its rich characters and well-crafted dialogue. Many of the later elements of PTA's filmography are on display here. But this is not a movie only of interest to seeing where a great got their start, this is captivating cinema from beginning to end.

  • Shame

    Shame

    ★★★★½

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

    Shame works because it rarely pauses to tell its viewers what is happening. Brandon's sister has been crashing on his couch for a few days before you actually realize the weight which her presence is having on his psyche. When his ferocity finally riches to the surface it comes with the realization that the delicate balance of his life has been upset.

    We first come to understand Brandon though the orgasmic dance of glances on the subway. Each glance back…