I just want a nice-looking grade distribution.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse 2023
An admirable effort for what it is essentially a half formed product, the bones of its characters and emotional arcs very clear but ultimately somewhat directionless within the confines of the film. The story swings haphazardly from conflict to conflict, its focus changing on a whim as it recalls other threads that need to be pulled upon. The best middle child films tell a complete story while serving their transitional roles in the background, so when your sequel is nearly…
Past Lives 2023
We’re often drawn to onscreen romances because they provide us with the comfort inherent in a layer of artifice — the anticipating, the yearning, the flames of passion and heartbreak ultimately guided to safety by the grandiosity of Hope. Will they won’t they? Who will she choose? Will they get back together? There’s a surface level narrative tension in these questions that Past Lives deliberately strips away from the outset. The film provides you with the answers to the test…
The Florida Project 2017
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I so badly wanted to give this a 4.5 upon re-watch, but there's just something missing in that middle stretch that prevents a bumping of the rating. Still easily one of my favorites of 2017, and I'd like to touch upon a few additional things I really appreciated:
1. I really love the camerawork, especially as it relates to the interaction between the kids' world and the adults' world. There are several moments where Baker and Zabe choose to shoot…