• Daddy Longlegs

    Daddy Longlegs

    ★★★★★

    Finally, I knocked this one off my watchlist. This was so good. Not as heavy and anxiety driven as the Safdie Bros other pictures, but it certainly had it's moments. Lots of relatable things as a dad that's gone through custodial issues. This was a well written story about the quiet desperation of single father circumstances. Still, it remained somewhat positive despite some bad moments.

  • On Body and Soul

    On Body and Soul

    ★★★★½

    I'm not sure when or why I added this to my watchlist, but as I shuffled for my weekend watchlist pick this week, I'm so very glad it was on there.

    On Body and Soul is a well crafted, brutally gorgeous, and highly unconventional love story. It's a little slow moving, but captivating enough to suck you into its beautiful shots, sharp audio design, and a highly contemplative (love) story.

  • Whale Rider

    Whale Rider

    ★★★½

    At times heartwarming, at times heartbreaking - this is a simple story told in a very patient manner. Good job by Niki Caro in writing and directing this Disney-esk coming of age story.

  • Born in Flames

    Born in Flames

    ★★★★★

    A stinging criticism of Democratic Socialism (Liberal Democracy) and it's historical failure and inability to address, let alone abolish, the institutions which make human suffering in our society the norm (IE: Capitalism).

    Born in Flames really serves as a sort of intro to the potentials of Feminist based, Marxist-Leninst style organization and revolutionary struggle (I'm not sure if the writer intended this) to influence the working class, and marginalized sectors of society toward liberation. It speaks to the right to…

  • Chocolate Babies

    Chocolate Babies

    ★★★★★

    Despite a real and grim premise, this film was absolutely a joy. I wish more films with a similar political scope would be/will be made in a modern context. Oppression in our society is still here, and modern cinema has a place in aiding the struggles against oppression- we need solidarity through cinema now more than ever.

  • Pete's Dragon

    Pete's Dragon

    A so very good child's fantasy film without it feeling to childish. It's the most indie feeling Disney film I've ever watched, and I absolutely love the score.

  • The Free Fall

    The Free Fall

    ★★

    Bad writing. Okay ending doesn't make up for it.

  • The Man From Toronto

    The Man From Toronto

    ★★½

    Silly, unimpressive formulaic fun.

  • Cha Cha Real Smooth

    Cha Cha Real Smooth

    ★★★★★

    Well dammit - Raiff does it again. The layers of human emotion this one guy can fit into a feature length film is impressive, to say the least. I'm blown away, to be honest. Cha Cha, is a real lesson in emotional maturity and a necessary perspective in human relationships. Big love for this one. Big love. Keep em coming, Raiff. Also, if I could, I'd give this a 6th simply star for co-staring Dakota Johnson. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

  • The Letter Room

    The Letter Room

    A true heartbreaker on many levels.

  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★½

    *disclaimer: I know absolutely nothing about who the real life Elvis was**

    Elvis is engaging, but also all over the place. The first half is pretty much just a series of montages. The final act is really the most real. I like so many things about the style of this film, though. The soundtrack was pretty cool, and the costume design was lit. The acting was, of course, great except I couldn't stand Tom Hanks' character in this one, but I guess that was the point?

    Anyway, I went into this expecting disappointment, but I ended up liking it.

  • The Commune

    The Commune

    ★★★

    I threw this one on my watch list after watching, and really enjoying, Another Round, so I was really pleased when this one came up as my Weekend Watchlist draw. I was expecting something like Lukas Moodysson's, Together, with maybe more dramatic tones. However, while it dealt with similar themes of conventional family/relationships vs. alternative living situations etc., this one was a bit more bleak with significantly less fleshed out characters and emphasized themes.

    Overall, I thought the film was…