josh has written 53 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Set It Up

    Set It Up

    ★★★½

    absolutely my housemate and i are blitzed on a bottle of wine so absolutely i put on this warm hug of a movie

  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    ★★★½

    peaks with the scene where Peter Dinklage menacingly eats a chocolate eclair while threatening a man but overall a solid romp

  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    ★★★½

    "One must distinguish between naïve and deliberate Camp. Pure Camp is always naïve. Camp which knows itself to be Camp (camping) is usually less satisfying. The pure examples of Camp are unintentional; they are always dead serious."

    – Susan Sontag, Notes on 'Camp'

  • Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions

    Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions

    ★★★½

    works great as a documentary about creativity during covid but as a concert film it is pretty roughshod. (i know that's because they literally can't go anywhere, so their ability to keep it visually innovative is limited, but still.) 

    what else... love the scenery of the estate, good cottagecore vibes, very relaxing. Jack Antonoff looks like Simon the chipmunk? i'm happy that Taylor feels released from public life somewhat, she deserves a break. more than anything struck by how Taylor…

  • Enchanted

    Enchanted

    ★★★½

    Amy Adams i was enchanted to meet you

  • On the Rocks

    On the Rocks

    ★★★½

    im such a sucker for the sofia coppola formula that i still found myself delighted by this collection of scenes stacked atop each other, wearing a trench coat, and calling itself a film.

  • The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

    The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

    ★★★½

    what are we some kind of literary and potato peel pie society?

  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    ★★★½

    stylistically its probably a masterpiece. and the cast absolutely rules. but none of the emotional beats landed for me whatsoever. i think maybe its because this has become a major calling card for Nice Guys like scott, who use this as a way of saying: "aw shucks im terrible! but at least im self aware! so maybe im ok?" like. no. youre not.

    none of that is the films fault, it really is very good (rest in peace, edgar wrights Ant Man). alas this film has, by virtue of its existence, come to undermined its own point.

  • Hairspray

    Hairspray

    ★★★½

    the songs honk and the direction of the music-dance sequences is really strong across the board. but oh boy how white can your saviours get?

  • Meet the Robinsons

    Meet the Robinsons

    ★★★½

    see what makes this movie such fun is how it puts a neat spin on the traditional found family narrative... the family lewis finds... is his literal family!!!!

  • Disclosure

    Disclosure

    ★★★½

    like jk rowling's "the casual vacancy" except tighter, smarter, better written, and more emotionally arresting. very much the kind of australian film i want to see more of (i'm a huge fan of chekhov's pool).

  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★★½

    combines a movie im pretty mixed on (the treasure of the sierra madre) with a genre i hate (war movies, especially vietnam war movies) and somehow it still really sang. definitely one of the more intelligent takes on US imperialism ive seen in a long while; if spike lee wanted to start making video essays about race and class that would be cool. nothing about delroy lindos performance worked for me (sorry). jonathan majors and clarke peters are some of my favourite performances from this year however. french lady was wildin the whole ass time, hope shes having a nice day.