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  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    ★★★½

    What's refreshing about horror before the 80's is that these movies didn't feel the need to fill every moment with (jump) scares, to tone down/darken the colors, or to show every single death as graphically as possible in order to emphasize to the audience that these are horror movies. I think after years of the campy/cliched horror, we're returning to horror that's confident enough to replace the quantity of scares per movie with an overall quality of story, character, and atmosphere that's very much present in Black Christmas.

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★

    I relate to both shitty boyfriends so congratulations, Gretta Gerwig on subtweeting me with this

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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★

    As everything else McDonagh's written, this movie's filled to the brim with crass yet biting humor that humanizes each of these characters while diffusing a lot of the built up tension of the story. Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell should receive accolades for their performances of these deeply flawed characters. With that said, this movie chooses to talk about difficult topics without examining exactly who they effect. France McDormand chastises the local police for brutality against people of color, yet…

  • Anomalisa

    Anomalisa

    ★★★★½

    Jesus Christ. It's beyond me how Kaufman can create something so personal and universal at once. Instead of using the animation as a gimmick for quirkiness, Johnson and Kaufman manage to pack as much humanity into the stop motion puppets as they can. What results is a movie in which you empathize with the pain and short-lived-happiness of dolls who look a little too much like side characters from Team America World Police. It took me a rewatch to truly…