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  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    One of the five best horror films ever made.





    The others in my mind (in no particular order) are:
    The Exorcist
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    The Shining
    The Fly

  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

    ★★★

    I did enjoy watching this; Malick's devil may care eschewing of plot is something I happily let watch over me. However, the problem of the way he treats narrative in this loose trilogy of film (To the Wonder, Knight of Cups, and this) is that if one strand is more interesting, compelling, or enthralling than the others, the film feels unfocused. Rooney Mara's stuff in this film is gold and unfortunately every time the narrative switches to either of the…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Best movie of the year. Best editing of the year. Best Sound mixing of the year. Nominee for Best Screenplay. Nominee for Best Actor. Nominees and potential winner for Best Supporting Actor. No movie had more of a visceral effect on me this year AND held up on a second viewing.

  • The Bling Ring

    The Bling Ring

    ★★★★½

    This movie holds up really really well