• Red Desert

    Red Desert

    ★★★★★

    "Red Desert" is a film that took many attempts on my part to actually watch the whole thing. It is definitely not an easy watch on many levels. This is one of, if not the best, film interpretations of alienation that I've ever seen. And above all else, it's the best film representation of mental illness I've ever seen too. And it's from Nineteen-Goddamn-Sixty-Four.

    Monica Vitti is incredible, Antonioni is incredible, Carlo Ponti is incredible. This is a masterpiece, and it's hard for me to even tell if this is my favorite or maybe second favorite Antonioni film.

  • Shadows

    Shadows

    ★★★

    Definitely a prototype of Cassavetes' later work. It's an interesting slice of life, but definitely amateurish. The editing is really sloppy sometimes and you can tell Cassavetes is trying to work at something bigger that he eventually would go on to perfect.

  • The American Friend

    The American Friend

    ★★★★½

    Excellent neo-noir that takes a while to warm up. Somewhat dry, but I loved it anyway. Probably my second favorite Wim Wenders film, behind Alice in the Cities.

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    A Streetcar Named Desire

    ★★★★

    I have a feeling that I would really enjoy the writings of Tenessee Williams, because with every film I've seen adapted from his work I've always been most impressed with the writing. "A Streetcar Named Desire" is no different, though it does boast some good performances from Brando and Leigh and Malden and pretty much everyone else.

    I felt that it moved a bit slow in the first half but perhaps you need that breathing room to make the downfall…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★½

    Definitely a crowd-pleaser, it's no wonder why this has done so well in terms of drawing crowds and garnering positive reviews. I loved it, it's an intensely creative metaphysical kung fu movie that ends up being about a lot more than just the wacky, fun action would make it seem to be about. This is one of the most impressive instances of directors/writers/actors being able to juggle so many different altering emotions and moods throughout individual scenes as well as…

  • East of Eden

    East of Eden

    ★★★★½

    "East of Eden", while being quite slow, even for a classic American film from the '50s, managed to keep me completely enthralled for most of the runtime. Not only is James Dean brilliant in this, the only film he lived to see of his hit theaters, I was absolutely touched by many of the performances and the writing feels absolutely on point, makes me want to read the novel for sure. The only things that felt off seemed to be…

  • Rebel Without a Cause

    Rebel Without a Cause

    ★★★★½

    I wasn't ready for how subtle the forces at play are for this classic melodrama. There are so many very mature and complicated themes that go into this, it's no wonder I didn't get why this was a big deal when I was eleven or twelve when I first saw it.

    James Dean is great, so much so that I'm gonna watch the two other films he starred in in his short life today if I have enough time.

    Also,…

  • Le Samouraï

    Le Samouraï

    ★★★★½

    One hell of a movie to watch when your boyfriend breaks up with you over text while you are watching it.

    This is much better than I remember it being, and really I think you have to be in the right mood to enjoy it. It is very, very dry, but it is incredibly stylish at the same time. I love the absolute mood that this film is. That's really all there is to it.

  • Love & Basketball

    Love & Basketball

    ★★★½

    "Love & Basketball" may not be an entirely unique story, it *is* a story that absolutely deserves to be told, and it's told to the nines here. I love that it takes two different genres-- the romance and the sports upstart genres, and that it blends them together so naturally. The performances are great and it feels very genuine and emotional-- surpasses most other movies in both the romance genre and the sports genre.

    Bonus points for one of the best soundtracks ever committed to film. Quentin Tarantino eat your heart out.

  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    ★★★★★

    Not only is this the first music documentary to make me so emotional that it brought me to tears, it brought me to tears twice. It's such a stunningly fantastic achievement in terms of filmmaking and preservation of history and art in general that it just blew my mind. And it's a debut film!! Everyone needs to watch this movie. And as much as I love "The Last Waltz" and "No Direction Home", I wouldn't say that everyone had to…

  • Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets

    Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets

    ★★★★½

    This is the best avant-garde film I've seen in a long time. Even in 2022, a good fifty-one years after its release, it still feels vital and fresh. I loved that it's essentially a mixture of a musical (and a pretty damn good one at that) and a sketch show, sometimes hilarious, sometimes fascinatingly interesting, sometimes shocking and disturbing, almost always taboo-shattering. I pretty much never got bored. This is up there with "Hausu" in terms of pacing out all…

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★½

    I really think that Ridley Scott's historical films are just not for me. I thought "Gladiator" was okay when I saw it like ten years ago, which possibly means I wouldn't like it now, and "Robin Hood" literally bored me to tears. I'm not joking, I literally cried by the end of that movie because I was so bored and so happy that it was ending. This film is somewhere in between those two. It's well made enough, but it's…