• 28½



    My obsession with Mamoru Oshii's films started almost a decade ago in lockstep with the kick-off of my movie-watching journey. Beginning with a curious dip of the toe, over the next couple years I gradually submersed myself until I was picking at the scraps of his diverse body of work. For a period of time I re-watched the crown of his filmography, Ghost in the Shell, on a constant basis—sometimes multiple times a day, letting it loop on the TV…

  • Hard to Be a God

    Hard to Be a God

    This movie took me multiple attempts and multiple sittings to finish. As much a wonder to behold as it is a gauntlet to persevere, this wandering tour through the filthiest world on film is brilliantly conceived. One of the most uniquely textured and disgusting movies ever made in both visual and sound design, meticulously constructed for your viewing pleasure/displeasure.

    Time to take a shower.

  • Godzilla vs. Destoroyah

    Godzilla vs. Destoroyah

    Godzilla Is About to E.X.P.L.O.D.E.

    There's plenty of nighttime kaiju duals in the Heisei era, but Godzilla vs Destroyah has the darkest and most intense. Pitch black smoked out skies illuminated only by the sheer red glow of the nuclear King going meltdown is some of my favorite imagery of the series. The oxygen destroyer is back to relevance, mini Godzilla trilogy gets brought full circle, and the stakes cranked up to total planetary annihilation again- this movie has and plays all the cards for an epic, emotional series finale. Godzilla... ever humanity's harshest warning and most important savior.

    "My work with Godzilla is finished."

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc


    I. 20 fps silent
    II. 24 fps visions of light

    Recommend I.

  • Watership Down

    Watership Down

    This was fascinating to watch. So much vision in the cinematography, so many beautiful matte paintings, and such excellent voice acting, paired with CG that looks like it’s from a bonus disc’s work-in-progress feature. It’s thoroughly bizarre.

    I adore the original Watership Down film, and despite the debatably sacrilegious new art direction, I really enjoyed this one too!

  • Clerks



    happy scrappy hero pup

  • The Blackcoat's Daughter

    The Blackcoat's Daughter


    Patient, atmospheric horror executed this perfectly doesn't come along often.

    This film stirs something in the stomach, so slowly and steadily that you don't even notice it until it drops. I'd been wanting to see a movie that made me need to turn the lights on after and this was the one. The magic here hangs by what it nails: the sounds you hear when you stop and listen.

    Kiernan Shipka is primed to take over the world and I can't wait to see what she does with the rest of her career.