• First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★

    Solid story-telling. Ethan Hawke was terrific.

  • Handsome Devil

    Handsome Devil

    ★★★★

    This film succeeded in subverting my expectations of what a gay, coming-of-age story is usually like. It manages to avoid tired romantic tropes, choosing instead to focus on friendship. The relationship the boys has with their teacher reminded me of John Keating's relationship with his students in Dead Poet's Society except here it is the teacher that ends up being inspired by the boys.

    Andrew Scott is as always a treat!

  • Framing Britney Spears

    Framing Britney Spears

    ★★★½

    I think the larger story here (and the one that isn't emphasised enough) is the need for reform in the mental health guardianship/conservatorship laws. Cases of abusive guardianships have made headlines for decades but with slow progress in amending legislation. Britney Spears -- a megastar and household name for the revival of teen pop during the late 90s to early 00s -- could now be the impetus for change if not public awareness of the potential harm caused by these ineffective laws.

    Free Britney and all the other abused conservatees!

  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    ★★★

    What I think about when I think about this film is Marla's hair.

    The first time we see Marla on screen, we see her hair -- a horizontal, one length bob haircut. If you know anything about hair, it is one of the most technically difficult classic haircuts to master. It represents everything you are about to find out about her character -- strategic, meticulous, uncompromising.

    Everyone in this film is terrible. Even Peter Dinklage towards the end, showed no…

  • Pretend It's a City

    Pretend It's a City

    ★★★★

    It was disappointing to find out (after I finished Pretend) that Fran was explicitly hateful towards trans people in 2010. It would appear that she has changed her tune now highlighted in a couple of interviews but nobody is sure.

    There's a segment in Pretend where Fran says "Not reading people's books or listening to their music because they've done horrible things seems pointless to me." I have to agree with this sentiment. Unless the bigotry interferes with my enjoyment…

  • Caché

    Caché

    ★★★★

    I went into this assuming I would be watching a thriller. As it turns out, the film only uses the structure of what you might think is a thriller but really doesn't concern itself with resolving the whodunnit aspect. It is perhaps the least important question in the film. As Haneke asserts, to ask this question is to avoid asking the real question which is more: how do we treat our conscience and our guilt and reconcile ourselves to living with our actions?

    It's astonishingly cryptic, multifaceted, and one where discussions will continue to persist long after the credits roll.

  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★

    This is not a story about the naturalisation of immigrants. In fact, their immigration only served as a backdrop to the story. It was a poignant vignette of a Korean family's life in very white Arkansas and I was quite touched by the end of it.

  • Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

    Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

    ★★½

    I remembered I liked it a lot when I first watched it in the early 2000s but I couldn't remember why so I thought I'd watch it again. It turns out I still don't know why because I don't remember it being this slow and dull most of the time. The film only really starts getting interesting in the second half. That time after time dance scene is still iconic!!

  • Another Round

    Another Round

    ★★★½

    An extra .5 star for the ending.

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★

    God, this film really made me thirsty for a beer.

  • The Minimalists: Less Is Now

    The Minimalists: Less Is Now

    "hear me out, let's do the same thing as before but in poetry voice"

  • Back to the Future Part II

    Back to the Future Part II

    ★★★

    Suffers the same fate of most sequels.