• Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    Would it be a stretch to say this is the most fun film I’ve seen from Tarantino? There’s crazy good action and some pretty tense scenes, however I would still only say this is moderately stressful thanks to the humor and charm. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8.5
    As much as I like to rag on Quentin Tarantino, I rarely have a bad time with his movies, and he’s got a lot of great ones in…

  • Three Colors: Blue

    Three Colors: Blue

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    Love it when the stress rating emojis kind of tie into the movie they’re for. It’s blue, guys! Yay! Emotively, this movie’s pretty blue too, a culmination of overpowering grief and wistful melancholy that isn’t necessarily stresful, though pretty far from happy. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8.5
    In all honesty. I’d much rather hear someone else’s thoughts on this movie than have to type out my own: Blue feels like the type of art at…

  • The Cell

    The Cell

    ★★★

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    Hard to gage considering how hit or miss the horror is, though as a whole it’s pretty freaky. More disturbing than actually scary, I guess. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 6
    I’m a big fan of all things related to dreams (especially the field of oneironautics), so upon reading the synopsis for The Cell, I had high hopes. I also wanted to be wowed again just as much I was when I watched Tarsem Singh’s later movie,…

  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    Plays well to its R rating, with a lot more gore and a lot less campy superhero fun. Dark and gritty in a way that puts it kind of high on stress for an X-men movie, I guess. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8
    Definitely wouldn’t call this the best superhero film ever made, nor would even say it’s the best of the X-men series, however Logan is still a great movie that accomplishes everything it…

  • My Dinner with Andre

    My Dinner with Andre

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌸 ½ 
    There’s a big difference between a film that is pretty much lacking in stressful moments and a peaceful one, and I think A Dinner with Andre fits into the first category more. It’s just rarely very tense, which kind of makes sense considering its structure. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8
    Someone should remake this except it’s a small Twitch streamer having a conversation with a successful Youtuber who’s been on hiatus for five years…

  • Waitress

    Waitress

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀 ½ 
    Tackles tough subjects head on (if abuse is triggering for you, watch out with this one), however the bubbly warmth of a good rom-com is enough to keep it from being too stressful. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8
    On one hand my experience watching Pushing Daisies has made me emotionally vulnerable to the strange aesthetic of pie diners so I loved this, however that show also stars Lee Pace as the head hunk and…

  • World of Tomorrow Episode Three: The Absent Destinations of David Prime

    World of Tomorrow Episode Three: The Absent Destinations of David Prime

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    All the same emotional depth, just a much different story with much different themes this time around. I think an average stress rating fits this best but honestly I have no clue. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 9
    Had to watch it twice to fully grasp what it means for the World of Tomorrow series, and even though I’m still a little murky on some of the details (it gets pretty heady honestly), I’m still sure…

  • World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People's Thoughts

    World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People's Thoughts

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    A bit more on the emotionally-crushing side, I had to lie down for a bit after this one. Still reaches the happy highs of the first, though the bleakness is a lot more apparent here. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating:
    Don Hertzfeldt didn’t need to make a sequel to World of Tomorrow, yet he did, and it’s just as brilliant as one would hope. Again, I’m waiting till I watch the third part to write something at length, however I will say the even-more existential nature of this episode was very much appreciated.

  • World of Tomorrow

    World of Tomorrow

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🧸🧸
    Approaches its bleak themes with a level of compassion and quiet understanding that ultimately leaves you feeling... kind of soothed, in an odd way?
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 9
    I don’t usually rate or make stress ratings of short films however Don Hertzfeldt feels like a worthy exception. Will probably have more to say about the World of Tomorrow series once I’ve finished the third part, though this by itself was still fucking awesome. Nothing better than experimental animation and dark yet humorous existentialism.

  • Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

    Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌸
    A comfort movie in every sense of the term. The feelings of warmth and wonder that this film blankets you with is comparable to very little. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 9
    As an admitted hopeless romantic (emphasis on the ‘hopeless’), I simply adore movies like these. Night is Short, Walk on Girl kind of scratches the same itch that Amélie does for me, with its wide cast of eccentric characters, the surreal nature of the film,…

  • The New Mutants

    The New Mutants

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀 ½ 
    Emotionally hollow, but though the horror elements don’t hit nearly as hard as one might hope, you might at least be stressed over the quality of the film. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 2.5
    Its rare for me to rate a movie this low, because I always feel bad about shitting on other people’s creations, however I have to be honest with myself. The New Mutants just sucks, man. I’m not sure why the guy…

  • Dark Phoenix

    Dark Phoenix

    ★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    Tries to be emotionally poignant, though it only hits like 10% of the time. Decently stressful action, though. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 4
    One of my friends told me after we had finished X-men: Apocalypse that my enjoyment of it was largely due to the fact I was seeing it in a group setting where we could crack jokes and shit, and though I still think I would’ve enjoyed that one on my own, I doubt…