• Queen & Slim

    Queen & Slim

    ★★

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

    Lena Waithe really wrote a tedious Black Trauma Porn and marketed it to the Black Community as though it was some reimagined Bonnie & Clyde where Blacks win! But instead it was grotesque and confusing, and it made me roll my eyes at how obviously it was doing whatever it was doing!


    You get the sense that Waithe wanted to show the general experience of Black American's run-ins with police officers. Queen and Slim insists on itself that it is some…

  • It

    It

    ★★★

    "My first reaction, when offered the opportunity to direct this movie, was basically to go back to my emotional experience reading the book when I was a child, and translating that into a movie that would blow my mind as an adult. Those were the big ideas when approaching the making of this movie."
    — Andy Muschietti

    Watching It 2017, you can see the reverence Muschietti has for 80s classics. He attempts to replicate the visceral edge of Carpenter combined…

  • Black Mirror: Shut Up and Dance

    Black Mirror: Shut Up and Dance

    ★★★★★

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

    "Kids, Kenny! They're saying it's kids, Kenny"

    Shut up And Dance (or SAD as I call it) has one of the SICKEST endings in all of television. The horror of how things conclude is stuck playing in your head, despite never seeing anything really graphic. Your mind is a far greater conjuror of horrors when the storyteller suggests details for you to piece together! I actually got sick, everything around me literally slowed down, it was like one of those…

  • Bend It Like Beckham

    Bend It Like Beckham

    ★★★★

    Why didn't Bend It Like Beckham turn Parminder Nagra into a bigger star?

    The movie made $105 mil total at the box office; It certainly put Keira Knightley on the map for the Pirates trilogy (pun intended), but it blows my mind that Jonathan Rhys Meyers became a bigger star than Nagra!! He's like Ethan Hawke without the profound salt-of-the-earth regular charm!


    Hell I didn't even remember Meyers was in Beckham. I knew her character Jess had a football coach…

  • Hotel Rwanda

    Hotel Rwanda

    ★★★

    One of the more unfortunate cases of taking the Schindler's List Approach to recount a genocide. This "one man braving all odds to save the day" angle is particularly praised by Hollywood, since it feeds into that individualistic, exceptionalism value Americans cherish.


    The truth is that the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide were about a breakdown of civilization; these were moments in history where mankind's ugliness went unchecked and his worst impulses were fed. By making it about one "heroic"…

  • Divergent

    Divergent

    I'm Not Like Other Girls: the movie!


    So neurodivergence is kinda fashionable these days! Individuals with less typical cognitive variations such as Autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia etc are now flaunting their condition on social media as some positive personality quirk that make them "unique".
    I am certain the Divergent series contributed to this trend of using mental illnesses as upbeat and fashionable lifestyle brands. Social media users have developed a discourse around neurodivergence that is nakedly self-celebratory, a bragger’s genre!…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★★

    "You ever hear the expression 'The simplest answer is often the correct one'?"
    "Actually I've never found that to be true."

    I was really struck by the media angle rewatching this satirical mystery thriller: the spectacle of Affleck's Nick Dunne doing something as innocuous as smiling next to a poster of his "missing" wife; the insinuations of Nick and his twin sister having incest. Gone Girl came out in 2014; Johnny Depp and Amber Heard got married in 2015 and…

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★½

    Could I BE ANY MORE OBVIOUS what film I was gonna pick on Mother's Day!


    I saw Lady Bird back when it came, but 2017 was the year of Get Out, Good Time, Dunkirk and Phantom Thread for me so I had priorities - I told myself I was done with high school movies. Not that Gerwig's debut didn't impact me, but I was in law school then, so the only movie time I could spare was for my Film…

  • Radiohead: In Rainbows – From the Basement

    Radiohead: In Rainbows – From the Basement

    ★★★★★

    The epitome of modern music. Innovative melodies, complex rhythms, and poetic lyrics! And the huge irony is one cannot see rainbows when dwelling in a basement!

    One of my favorite things about listening to any Radiohead record is trying to pick out what each member is contributing to the songs. It's really cool to watch it done here in the basement. Just a bunch of guys jamming - no wonder the band is high on most Incel playlists!

    An intelligently…

  • George Carlin: You Are All Diseased

    George Carlin: You Are All Diseased

    ★★★★½

    "They wanna raise unborn babies into dead soldiers. Pro-life, Pro-life"

    So I guess George Carlin will always be relevant, even as the US Supreme Court is doing all it can this instant to overturn Roe v. Wade!

    It's so telling how the Left claimed Carlin because he's pro-abortion, anti-religion, pro-social services, etc, while the Right claimed him because they think he's okay with them saying slurs.

    Actually, Carlin found liberals annoying when it came to political correctness; he never held…

  • American Psycho

    American Psycho

    ★★★★★

    American Psycho is basically what happened if Bruce Wayne's parents hadn't died! Don’t worry this isn’t gonna be another Film Bro exultation of Patrick Bateman as “sigma chad goals” – if anything, our culture has become more like him and his gang of atomized bubble-dwelling yuppies craving instant gratification.


    Allow me to be more Bro-ey as I declare Bale’s performances as one of the greatest ever committed to film, and he didn't need to get plump or malnourished! Bateman is…

  • Better Luck Tomorrow

    Better Luck Tomorrow

    ★★★★½

    In light of Justin Lin departing from the director's chair of the 10th Fast & Furious movie, I felt it appropriate to revisit what he did before car movie sequels: 2002’s Better Luck Tomorrow, a startling and still relevant portrait that subverts and deconstructs the Asian American "model minority" myth.

    Lin's debut was a snapshot of early 2000s youth culture with something to say amidst all the American Pies of its time. Even today it can still be seen as an…