• Heat

    Heat

    2nd watch, first since I was a teen, had an absolute ball. The perfect Hong Kong cop film.


    Can remember this being hugely underwhelming when I was about 14 and I'm pretty sure I can pin down why; it's a 3 hour constantly rolling ball of energy, having 30-40 minutes worth of ad breaks jammed into the experience can only severely hurt it.

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    I can't fairly rate this due to watching it in suboptimal conditions but one thing I can say is that it's pretty stunning how utterly flat the whole thing is when you forget to plug your subwoofer in for half of the film.

    Doubly so if you then spend the second half of the film laughing at the idea of how every subsequent scene would feel without the constant humming bassline that seems to run through the whole film.

  • Dude, Where's My Car?

    Dude, Where's My Car?

    If you could somehow meld this and American Beauty together you would have the quintessential pre-9/11 US film

  • James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

    James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

    www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfrEQfENkJ8VYFs9Kjw1DbJyykZnKCR24 👀

    Edit: Looks like it's gone now, it is available on Kanopy and vimeo if you're in the US vimeo.com/ondemand/jamesbaldwin
    California Newsreel hold the rights and will let you have it for $300 otherwise newsreel.org/video/JAMES-BALDWIN-THE-PRICE-OF-THE-TICKET

  • SubUrbia

    SubUrbia

    I'd totally go to an all-night marathon of films that take place over one night

  • The Wrestling Road Diaries

    The Wrestling Road Diaries

    I hope Bryan liked that Townes Van Zandt record he buys in this, it's a peach!

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    It was good and all, but I can't be totally positive about a film that manages to leave me exiting the theatre utterly in awe of a totally different film.

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    Given the aspect ratio and extreme high contrast monochromatic shots throughout, if you're gonna see this I'd STRONGLY recommend seeing this somewhere that has curtains.

    Was pretty hard the whole way through the film to know where the frame actually was

  • Morning Sun

    Morning Sun

    "I want to be a revolutionary bolt that will never rust" is an amazing line to be in an old propaganda film

  • To Sleep with Anger

    To Sleep with Anger

    Basically a whole film of Danny Glover sauntering around a house being passive aggressive and stirring shit up between people he hasn't seen in years; what's not to like?!

    Not sure if it was totally earned, but I loved the ending too.

  • Private Life

    Private Life

    Tamara Jenkins feels like the kind of director who could be knocking out quite good slice-of-life indies every 18 months. Instead she seems to take a decade each on those exact same projects kind of projects and put out pretty much the exact same film as if were raced through but with considerably more polish and maybe 15-30 minutes of bloat. Kinda think the closing credits choice was a bit of a manipulative move that glosses over how lacking in…

  • Small Soldiers

    Small Soldiers

    First time my dad saw a film with surround sound, he was pretty annoyed that he couldn't sleep through it.

    I absolutely lapped this absolute cash grab Toy Story influenced merch-driven Gremlins redo, and I bet I still would tbh. Dante was a great low-key weirdo director.