• John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★½

    John Wick’s motivations weren’t as earnest here so the stakes felt less significant. But it also didn’t suffer too much from a sequel syndrome. Couple of callbacks to the first film were a nice touch. The character that Ruby Rose played could’ve been better casted.

  • Special Delivery

    Special Delivery

    ★★★★

    As far as car chasers go, this was probably the best I’ve seen. I’ll gladly watch anything with Park So-Dam in it.

  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★★

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

    aww willem dafoe was really willem dafriend

  • The African Desperate

    The African Desperate

    ★★★

    This made me think of Gasper Noé’s Climax but definitely no where near that sort of suffocation. It’s mostly fun in a weird way but I did not get a lot of the memes, bleeps, and references. The “fuck me or you’re racist” scene had me howling.

  • RRR

    RRR

    It was as they said it would be — an electrifying, completely bonkers, fun time at the movies movie. So much fun that it was almost too easy to overlook the ugly subtext amidst the cinematic pageantry and catchy tunes. The fame that this film has amassed and the timing of its success is concerning especially at a time when nationalist ideology is on the rise. While the anti-colonial stance is laudable, the explicit role of the film in upholding the caste system is unsettling. Look beyond the spectacle. Freedom for some is no freedom at all.

  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    Felt nothing all the way through and then shockingly at the end, tears. Tears of joy because I don’t have to sit through another minute of that boring ass play. Short stories are SHORT for a reason. Shelving this under another overrated Murakami pretentious waffle. Nice wheels though.

  • Hit the Road

    Hit the Road

    ★★★★½

    Fully enjoyed this — the tenderness, the despair, the humour, the meandering dialogue, the landscape, the music, and that little devil of a kid who stole the show. What an endearing story. Masterful in shifting and layering emotions. Can’t wait to see this again.

  • Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★½

    Thought I was going into something light and chill. What I got instead was an anxiety-filled, claustrophobic ride. The premise is simple yet effective but the relationship between the two girls were unconvincing. Didn’t feel like there was much chemistry there.

  • Black Bear

    Black Bear

    ★★★

    Nobody does awkward as well as Aubrey Plaza. Another great performance. For the most part I liked where it was going and what it was trying to do — all that meta-commentary about writer’s block and the price of making art — but the second half of the film really wore me out. The extra characters felt like it was plucked from a different movie and inserted here. They had that slight comedic tinge to them which felt quite jarring for the tone of the film.

  • Rat Film

    Rat Film

    ★★★½

    Almost there. Most of the connections worked for me but some were tenuous. An unusual documentary in its tone and style but definitely what makes it effective. Still liked it though.

  • Emily the Criminal

    Emily the Criminal

    ★★★½

    The ending is a bit of a cliche but Aubrey Plaza is seriously good in this.

  • Mars One

    Mars One

    ★★★★

    Sweet and hopeful tale about navigating family dynamics amidst struggling to make ends meet. Starts slow and continues in that trajectory for about 80% of the film. It ramps up in the last 20% with great emotional delivery. The bond between brother and sister is not what you’d normally expect to see on screen. Their close relationship stands out above the rest which makes for the more memorable parts of the film.