• Petite Maman

    Petite Maman

    ★★★★★

    This is the music of the future

    (Rewatched with my own maman)

  • Out of Sight

    Out of Sight

    ★★★★★

    Who knows how many times I've seen this masterpiece by now. The Kino 4k release is beautiful. All the film grain. The sweat glistening on Clooney's brow. Jennifer Lopez never better or hotter.

    One of the formative movies of my cinephilia.

    No more timeouts

  • Innocence

    Innocence

    ★★½

    Certainly unique and pretty but nothing connected for me. I just didn't get on the right wavelength for it

  • Love & Pop

    Love & Pop

    ★½

    File this one under "not for me, like at all".

    The free floating camera felt like someone discovering a handheld camera or GoPro for the first time and being intoxicated with putting it anywhere and (literally) everywhere, narrative be damned. This could be seen as experimental to some, but it just felt amateurish to be honest.

    As for the rest of the movie, whatever. I'm sure there's a ton of context about Japanese society that I'm missing, but form so completely overpowers substance here that I couldn't give a damn

  • Irma Vep

    Irma Vep

    ★★★★

    Feels like something I need to read more about to fully "get". To parrot everyone else, what an ending!

  • Amateur

    Amateur

    ★★★★

    Fuck, somone tampered with my lamp!

    There's a dead man in the corner!

    Bullshit.

    My first Hartley, somehow. Definitely gonna be seeking out more of his stuff going forward. Love the strange rhythm of his dialogue, and his framing of action

  • Mad God

    Mad God

    ★★★★★

    A creation myth for our times. A disgusting and overwhelming visual and aural experience. I don't find movies "difficult to watch". But as this went on, it became very difficult to watch. But there was no way I was looking away because it's also beautiful and amazing as a piece of creativity and craft. Truly confounding how this was made.

    I honestly don't know how this is going to be topped for my film of 2022. But I'm certainly excited to find out if it's possible.

    I have very few friends I can recommend this to in good faith.

  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    Rewatch on 4k, prep for Bruce the musical.

    I think this rewatch suffered a bit from me watching it distractedly over 3 days, 2 sessions late at night with me falling asleep

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★★

    "We won't be like them" is one of the most heartbreaking lines in all of cinema.

    Can't tell you what number viewing this is for me but my first on the big screen. Still one of my favorites of all time.

    The fact that I know how it ends and yet I for a second allowed myself to believe during the Singapore scene that things would end differently this time. That's cinema, baby

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★½

    Seen in IMAX. While I had a much better time watching this than the kinda boring original, I can't help but wish that Tony Scott were alive to direct it. These photography here was slick and beautiful, but it also felt kinda sterile. Where're the endless close ups of impossibly sweaty faces? Where are the anthems?

    Jennifer Connelly is gorgeous in a role that allowed her to look her age.

    It was thrilling and I got misty because I'm a sucker for life-summation stories but I honestly don't see myself revisiting this in the same way I can for the M:I movies

  • The Sadness

    The Sadness

    ★★★★

    I wonder how much of the budget was spent on fake blood. Nasty brutal stuff, but fun as hell (for sickos like me at least)

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★★

    I mean. Goddammit what a fucking movie. Rebecca Ferguson and Ving Thames are the heart and soul of this thing.