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  • The Square

    The Square

    ★★★½

    Suspenseful social deconstruction. Some of the year’s very best moments are in a movie that felt a bit too long and ultimately anticlimactic to really come together in a satisfying way. It’s possible that I’ll process it differently on a rewatch. For any cinephile, it’s a must-see, if only for the sheer joy of certain scenes that have never been done before with the kind of awkwardness and cringing that you could associate with the CURB-style of humor, but there’s…

  • Rebels of the Neon God

    Rebels of the Neon God

    ★★★★½

    Oblivious immaturity at its most resonant. The arcade break-in is a brilliant reversal of fortune and that’s just one of many instances where I was in awe of the journey taking place. There are similar moments here I’ve never seen executed this poignantly, such as the pay date where we witness inaction and disassociation at its most identifiable. Neon signs, lights, video game displays, movie posters, Street Fighter II — with the inevitable effect being that people themselves seem hopelessly…

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  • Take This Waltz

    Take This Waltz

    ★★★★★

    If someone were to point out my favorite thing(s) to read, even more than a great novel, it would be essays about something that affected them so deeply that they felt compelled to write about it. It can be short, or it can be 20 pages long. A great author of this approach would be Lester Bangs, who wrote beautifully indulgent music reviews in such an intensely personal way that were so resonant, that for the right reader, you might…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★½

    Forbidden love. Unrequited love. Sure, these instances of connecting with another person are relatable for many. There’s just something about unexplainable, passionate love. Yes, I realize that in movies, the passionate love is usually between very attractive people of means and privilege. Or at the very least, turns love into an arc that resembles something more than a pulpy romance novel. It may still be a movie, but it’s the feeling we’re left with that matters. For the majority of…