• Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future

    ★★★★½

    Absolutely hilarious that this is Cronenberg's big comeback film. It's extremely "minor" in the best possible way; plot is complete nonsense, ends abruptly with nothing being resolved, apparently takes place 90% at night, clearly done out of pure love for the game. Not surprised this was based on an old script as there's very little that's particularly "prescient" here but whatever, he made Cosmopolis 10 years ago I think he's paid the theory people their due.

    I've been talking a…

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★

    Robert Pattison is a genuine movie star and even though I've seen him in much better movies I honestly don't think I appreciated him enough until I saw this, both I think because he shines in an otherwise dull movie and the contrast between him in and out of the batsuit is so dramatic. He's got such a presence as Bruce Wayne and it's all just completely erased whenever he puts on the mask. I've got plenty of reservations about…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

    the fuckin bastard did it he finally made a good movie ahahahaha i don't believe it

    two years ago tarantino finally one me over... now pta who i really thought i was never gonna like... this is a big time for jacob and 90s filmbro directors... fincher next?

    i love that me and armond white agree about this being pta's first good movie

  • Knights

    Knights

    ★★★★½

    movies that make u want to create beautiful art

  • The Matrix Revolutions

    The Matrix Revolutions

    ★★★★½

    nobody’s gonna like this take but: the fight scene between neo and bane where neo gets blinded is the moment where the wachowskis go from above-average pastichists to artists with a truly unique vision. everything before (including maybe the other two matrix movies lol) is superfluous, everything after is transcendent. new images for a new millennium

    tbh i was gonna give this the full 5 again but i checked and realized that i don’t think it gets good till almost…

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★

    prob would b one of my favorite spielbergs if i didn’t hate both of the leads lmao. thank god spielberg goes insanely hard on all the musical numbers and the supporting cast are uniformly fantastic, mike faist’s weird face and john mulaney-ass voice are insanely transfixing for some reason. spielberg has the potential to go god mode formally at any moment but he holds back bc even old age won’t curb his classisism and need to crowd-please. we may never know his true power level tbh

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    ★★★★½

    warm milk… gross… 

    most rewarding rewatch of the year even tho i got to the theater 15 minutes late lol. the thing i rly like abt craven is that if you can very crudely separate horror fiction into “internal” and “external” horror then craven is always finding interesting ways to mediate between them. he works mostly in slashers which fall almost exclusively in the “external” category but he loves creating these connections between the slasher and his protagonists, some way…

  • The Beatles: Get Back

    The Beatles: Get Back

    Part 1: 4 stars
    Part 2: 3 stars
    Part 3: 5 stars

    Part 2 needs to be cut down by at least an hour and it took me a few minutes every time I started watching to force myself to ignore Peter Jackson's repulsive digital touch-ups that make everybody look slightly terrifying and inhuman but by the time the rooftop concert hits it's just impossible to care about any of that. I dunno I think I had insightful things to…

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    ★★★½

    Two thoughts:

    1. Raiders is kind of weird as a nostalgia artifact because the source material it's ostensibly based on- the serial films of early cinema- are almost entirely gone from the public consciousness, while Raiders remains (the same is true, by the way, of Star Wars and Flash Gordon). I don't think I know anyone who's watched any of the shorts that inspired Raiders, and I know some pretty devoted cinephiles. I don't know if this says anything about…

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★

    I was gonna write a longer review for this but I don't wanna waste anyone's time and I realized that my feelings on the movie can be summarized pretty quickly: I think Wes Anderson is a fine, likable director whose virtues are exaggerated by certain people and whose flaws are exaggerated by others. I don't think fetishistic detail or obsessively geometric compositions are mortal sins but I think he's playing a dangerous game and it's becoming increasingly evident he's losing.…

  • Scream 4

    Scream 4

    ★★★★½

    LATE STYLE SHIT LATE STYLE SHIT

    If Wes Craven doesn't get quite as much serious attention as an auteur as the other major 70s/80s pop horror auteurs like Romero, Carpenter, Cronenberg (in all fairness he def does get more attention than Hooper, whose status as a serious auteur seems mostly limited to niche internet circles, though getting less so these days), I think its somewhat due to the fact that his tone and vision, despite being arguably the most accessible,…

  • Son of Frankenstein

    Son of Frankenstein

    ★★★½

    in this one they need to address why the monster keeps coming back to life after being killed in the previous movie so they basically decide that he's like a space god who was brought to life through COSMIC RAYS and therefore can't die, which is so fucking cool. the art direction by jack otterson goes insanely hard as well, but in general the monster gets such short shrift in this one, he's just igor's little slave p much until…