• Three Thousand Years of Longing

    Three Thousand Years of Longing

    ★★★

    As a bitch for whom Neil Gaiman was a formative influence, a voracious imbiber/writer of fiction who often wonders if I use fiction to fill an absence in my life, and someone chomping at the bit for more weird idiosyncratic genre pictures, I’m the exact mark for this movie. And yet.

    It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it. There’s enough to snack on here. But you don’t come to George Miller’s first movie in 7 years, starring Tilda Swinton and…

  • Velvet Goldmine

    Velvet Goldmine

    ★★★★★

    Why is it that every time I watch Velvet Goldmine I’m in a they, in my feelings, or in my feelings with a they cuddled up sleepy next to me. Of course, it is all rather thematically appropriate isn’t it.

    Wild that Todd Haynes’ David Bowie x Iggy Pop fuck and divorce fanfic is one of the cinematic GOATs

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    ★★★★½

    Genuinely astounding that despite how condensed it is compared to the masterpiece epic of the manga and some of the English translation fuckery which transposed Christianity upon the explicitly Shintoist text (which pushed Miyazaki to double-down on the Shintoism in future volumes) that the movie is still a masterpiece unto itself. One of the most beautiful and heartfelt sci-fantasy worlds of all time that really commits to non-violence as a principled act and how truly difficult it is.

    If you…

  • Days of Being Wild

    Days of Being Wild

    ★★★½

    “I always thought one minute flies by. But sometimes it really lingers on. Once, a person pointed at his watch and said to me, that because of that minute, he'd always remember me. It was so charming listening to that. But now I look at my watch and tell myself that I have to forget this man starting this very minute.”

    Days Of Being Wild didn’t connect with me nearly as emotionally or thematically as his other films have, nor is it…

  • Mother

    Mother

    ★★★★

    Fantastic double feature with Good Time about how local communities and social systems fail, exploit, and disappear disabled people; how disabled people and their caretakers are abandoned without support or resources to fend for themselves in poverty and prison; how the police will never help you, only trust your mother and the fists of your friend; how in the desperation of abandonment we can end up doing terrible things we can’t take back.

    It should go without saying but Kim…

  • Brick

    Brick

    ★★★★★

    Transposing neo-noir upon a teen movie is the foundational sheer fucking brilliant move Rian Johnson pulls off with one of the most strikingly confident debut films I’ve ever seen. Setting these lost kids loose at playing adult in one of the most adult genres there is while treating their affectation with such gravity and wit. This movie really does so much with so little it’s genuinely inspiring. I’m at a loss for better words atm but what I do know is that Brick is a motherfucker of a movie.

  • The Last of England

    The Last of England

    Derek Jarman never got to see Margaret Thatcher die but I’m glad at least he never knew that she would be the first Thatcher of the rest of our lives

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    ★★★★★

    “The more I wrote, the more I realized mere words were not enough. So I found another form of expression.”

    There is so much to say about this lithe beast of a classic about the life and works of Yukio Mishima—from some of the best production design of the 20th century by Eiko Ishioka to the exquisite soundscape composed by Phillip Glass, from the unique cocktail of social forces that created a theatrical traditionalist gay fascist and how he captivated the…

  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★★★

    The sheer fucking confidence Jordan Peele, cast, and crew exude with every single scene of NOPE just makes the whole fuckin’ spectacle /sing/.

    For my money NOPE might be the best movie they put out this year, and this is the year my beloved wife Crimes Of The Future dropped.

  • Dredd

    Dredd

    ★★★★½

    Dredd fuckin’ rules to begin with but getting to see it in 3D on the big screen was an extra half-star’s worth of a goddamn treat. It’s a fucking crime this movie never got the sequel it deserved, but I’m so grateful we got this brutal, nasty, gorgeous little borderline horror movie. Every time I see it I want to finally get on the Judge Dredd comics like I’ve been meaning to for years now.

    Never realized just how good the…

  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue

    ★★★★

    One of if not the “you are a woman with a man inside watching a woman“ movies of all time. RIP Margaret Atwood, you would have loved Perfect Blue if you weren’t pilled on ‘declining sperm rates in the West’ or whateverthefuck

  • Barbarian

    Barbarian

    ★★★½

    *Goosebumps voice* 
    Littles Beware, you’re in for a scare~

    I don’t know if it’ll hold up to scrutiny on a rewatch but it was a brutal little blast in a crowded theater. Works a lot better than a lot of #metoo horror movies because it doesn’t forget to be weird, wild sicko shit along the way.