• Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★★

    Beautiful- the cinematography, Francis McDormand’s performance, the music, the story- every aspect of this film is beautiful and hope-filled while, at times, heartbreaking. The meandering nature of the film captures a still restless yet self assured woman’s life who’s story otherwise would be considered “plotless” and maybe even pointless, to the extreme cynic. But I watched this and completely entered the space and time (again: incredible performance by McDormand and truly beautiful direction by Chloé Zhao) and was able to…

  • The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal

    ★★★★½

    A reflective, comical, compelling and all around well acted film that forces viewers to ponder death along with the growing ensemble of Medieval baddies (especially the “call it like I see it” squire).
    Things this film vaguely reminds me of: Canterbury Tales, Jamie Lannister and Braun season 5 of GoT (we see your Three Eyed Ravin aka Max von Sydow), and The Princess Bride.

  • Through a Glass Darkly

    Through a Glass Darkly

    ★★★

    Light House meets Call Me By Your Name meets Shutter Island(?) 
    Some truly great performances with striking cinematography and a premise that took me a bit too long to grasp (could’ve it been the language disconnect?) that ultimately left me pondering right along with Minus, that truly poor bastard, as the existence of god and his father’s love are debated.

  • Milk

    Milk

    ★★★★

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

    Milk is a powerful film, directed wonderfully that is truly a must see for all humans because, sure, it is well shot, acted and produced but more importantly Harvey Milk’s story and legacy should be common knowledge for every person in the USA.
    At times, I thought the pacing lagged and some motifs were a bit on the nose, but the general framing of the story built up the emotion and intensity which made Milk and the mayor’s demise incredibly…

  • Another Woman

    Another Woman

    ★★

    A sad woman thinks that other people are sadder than her but then, in realizing that she is the saddest of them all, becomes not so sad. That’s pretty much “Another Woman” in a nutshell in addition to being step parent propaganda and generally creepy af Woody Allen themes of unsettling paternalism and inappropriate sexual relationships. Best part of this movie: overuse of the ever so lovely “Gymnopédie No. 1.”

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    ★★★★

    This studio Ghibli film has beautiful animation (especially considering this tranquil masterpiece was created in 1989), hilarious Jiji (cat sidekick) sassiness and an overall uplifting story. I truly feel like I could move to a big city without knowing anyone, start a freelance career and make kind friends after watching this.
    Kiki’s Delivery Service drinking game rules are as follows:
    1. Jiji flames anything/anyone
    2. Gingers appear
    3. Kiki flashes us (seriously, she needs a change of clothes)
    4. Anyone laughs eerily (@prego baker lady)
    5. Anyone says (or it is printed) “Kiki’s Delivery Service”

  • Hail, Caesar!

    Hail, Caesar!

    ★★½

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

    Probably my least favorite Cohen brothers film that I have seen to date due to the overall blandness of stakes and emotions (aside from Josh Brolin at any given confessional), but still a very enjoyable and wacky time (@ScarJo jumping not having it as a mermaid, Channing Tatum dancing and singing his communist heart out and the charming western movie star lassoing his spaghetti).
    It was quite fun to see the various genres play out in the editing booth and…

  • Hannah and Her Sisters

    Hannah and Her Sisters

    ★★★½

    There are many ways (and one true way) to look at/analyze this film: the aesthetic and the dramatic. Aesthetically, the cinematography, blocking, production design and line deliveries/performances are stellar. From a dramatic standpoint I am inundated with thoughts of “oh god oh god Woody Allen is a creep,” “everyone sucks and Hannah deserves better” and “are we all Hannah if we are supposed to identify with her cause everyone else SUCKS, and if that is true then damn, that’s sad.”…

  • Election

    Election

    ★★★½

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

    Vivid and complex characters- from the horrible and unreliable Matthew Broderick to the tragic and unreliable Reese Witherspoon all the way to the simple/kind boring dude from American Pie- amidst a plot with stakes blown out of proportion but a realism to it all that heightens the absurdity, Election is truly a one of a kind dark comedy that I look forward to watching again.
    Some stuff was weird and icky for sure (@the teacher-student sexual relationship), but the story…

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★★

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

    1. A random as hell and ever stake raising film with pretty horrible dialogue (specifically one liners) and cheesy as hell action movie iconography. 
    2. Specie-ist in the most EGREGIOUS ways possible (Godzilla was made to be a doopy reptile while mammals [humans ie Kong’s cousins] create nearly irreconcilable conflict and damage to humanity and other worlds) , which truly led to some intense as hell self-reflection on humanity and interesting conversations about the inevitability and combustibility of social constructs,…

  • American Graffiti

    American Graffiti

    ★★★★

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

    Wonderful music, beautiful set pieces and four distinct and engaging arcs (along with a spattering of racism and rape jokes) makes American Graffiti really feel like a time capsule of a coming of age on the precipice of its demise.
    Ronny Howard truly wins the asshole prize while the other main dudes build some character throughout their night of cruising. The women in the film are all relatively well developed and interesting despite their unifying purpose of giving the four…

  • Raya and the Last Dragon

    Raya and the Last Dragon

    ★★★½

    A perfect “we’re almost out of the pandemic, be kind to one another” animated film with compelling female characters, cute animal and baby sidekicks and awesome lore that is endlessly engaging (Disney+ TV show potential??). Awkwafina was wonderful as the majestic and relatable dragon, Sisu. The stakes and emotion hit hard, even in its very PG state. This film radiated Game of Thrones meets Avatar the Last Airbender but for kids with short attention spans. All in all, a positive and…