• The House of the Devil

    The House of the Devil

    ★★½

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    Not too scary, but really uncomfortable. Just barely cracks the four stress rating thanks to that explosive conclusion.
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 5
    I find myself saying “I can see how people might really like this” a lot, and that rings somewhat true here, however I can also see why people might hate this. I love the dedication to the 80’s aesthetic, extending past just production design and music choice to the actual editing and…

  • The Naked City

    The Naked City

    ★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    Averagely stressful, with the needed amount of tension for a film of this style as well as some good old fashioned fun. New York City kinda silly sometimes!
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Criterion Challenge 2022: 4/52
    1940s

    Personal Rating: 7.5
    Simple story with great execution. I think other films have done this style of noir better since 1948 but this is still undeniably the blueprint. In today’s world they would’ve made a bunch of sequels with Muldoon…

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀 ½ 
    Anxiety through monotony, tension through slight inconvenience. A long-lit fuse and it’s quiet, eventual explosion. Peaceful. Painful. But mostly just a lady doing chores for a few hours :)
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8.5
    My actual enjoyment might be a bit closer to an 8 however the film’s quality is obviously well above that so I felt an 8.5 fits it pretty good. Watching this housewife’s daily routine is intriguing though admittedly kind of boring,…

  • GoldenEye

    GoldenEye

    ★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    Just another fun outing for Bond, with a bit more intensity, bombast, and, of course, stress to keep up with the times. That damn pen! 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 7.5
    Is Pierce Brosnan a good Bond? I don’t know yet. He’s certainly adequate, but I can’t say this movie proved him to be very remarkable or unique in the role. I would say that this is a really good reboot for the Bond franchise, keeping the…

  • Morvern Callar

    Morvern Callar

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    Incredibly haunting, not necessarily in a anxious way, but definitely in a devastating one. One of those that leaves you in an emotional daze once it’s over. 
    (The Stress Rating List)

    Personal Rating: 9
    Aesthetic perfection. Beautiful soundtrack, beautiful cinematography. It’s a difficult story to connect with because of how morally gray and sometimes-confusing the actions of the titular character are, however there’s something deeply human rooted in this film that you’ll find yourself really engaged anyway.…

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    ★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    Has fast-paced action that’ll get your blood-pumping, with just enough tension to bring it to a four stress rating. Still more entertaining than stressful, though. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 7.5
    Doesn’t really differentiate itself much from the second film in this franchise, however it still looks better than the original, so I gotta commend it for that. It’s just more cool John Wick action, and if you’re into that, you’ll be into this.

  • Dark Shadows

    Dark Shadows

    ★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🧸🧸 ½ 
    Doesn’t really nail the creepy horror elements, nor is it all that funny, but it’s still kinda nice. A pleasant-ish and thusly not-too-stressful watch as long as you’re a fan of Tim Burton. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 6
    It’s alright. I accidentally said all my thoughts on the film during the stress rating so I’m just gonna leave it at that. Needed more Helena Bonham Carter.

  • Jesus' Son

    Jesus' Son

    ★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    Fun, but not without its sad and intense moments. It is a movie about an addict finding himself, after all! 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 7
    A collection of wonderful scenes and ideas that don’t exactly stack up to form a great movie, just a pretty good one. The cast is great— love Billy Crudup and Samantha Morton, and all the random characters who flow in and out of the film are awesome too. I guess…

  • River's Edge

    River's Edge

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥 ½ 
    Incredibly dark, and though it’s not necessarily gruesome or humorless (Crispin Glover can accidentally be pretty funny), the themes really hit like a brick to the stomach. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8.5
    The odd step-brother of Twin Peaks, River’s Edge is a tough film to swallow. Whereas the villain of Twin Peaks is the ultimate evils of man manifested in the form of Bob, River’s Edge doesn’t point any fingers. I mean, John killed…

  • Licence to Kill

    Licence to Kill

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀 ½ 
    Retains some of the goofy elements of previous entries but this is clearly a new beast. It’s pretty violent, and much darker than it’s predecessors, so there’s a decent bit more stress involved then usual. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8
    James Bond is far from a “warm” character, however I found Dalton’s portrayal in The Living Daylights to be alongside Lazenby’s in closeness to the word, which makes this movie even wilder of a ride.…

  • Constantine

    Constantine

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀 ½ 
    Dark, sickly, and grim. Average amount of stress for a demon-ridden action film, however it doesn’t take itself completely seriously, which is a plus. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8
    Watched on my phone while doing chores and eating, exactly the way the director intended. Still, I found myself really engaged with the story, and surprisingly the cinematography was good enough to make me slightly regret my choice of platform (but not fully of course). Maybe…

  • It Happened One Night

    It Happened One Night

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🧸🧸 ½
    Cute, and wouldn’t really be stressful at all if not for the miscommunication and will-they-won’t-they aspects at the end. Leave a note next time, damnit! 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Criterion Challenge 2022: 3/52
    1930s 

    Personal Rating: 8
    I’ve always held this preconceived notion that early 1900’s films are all kinda stuffy, so if anything, I’m glad that my Letterboxd usage has helped to dispel those thoughts. Cuz movies like these are really fun! Thanks Frank Capra!

    Random thought: is this just Planes, Trains, and Automobiles but they secretly want to have sex?