• Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    Personal Rating: 8.5 

    I mean, if Blade Runner: 2049 wasn’t among the most visually stunning films I’ve ever seen, it’d probably only get a 7.5 from me at best. However, it was among the most visually stunning films I’ve ever seen, so I suppose I have to give credit where credit is due. This movie is feels slow as hell as you watch it, but when it’s over, it’s hard to believe almost three hours have passed. It’s so...…

  • Coco

    Coco

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    Personal Rating: 8.5

    Right off the bat, I have to say it: this film is simply gorgeous. It’s just so warm, and lush... the animators over at Pixar really outdid themselves with this one. The plot, maybe not so much. It feels run-of-the-mill emotional Pixar to me with a twist you can spot from miles away. Predictable movies aren’t bad, but in this instance it did kind of detract from the experience for me. That being said,…

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    Personal Rating: 9

    I like movies that feel like they were created to make me cry, especially when they complete that task successfully. I knew what I was getting into, and as each character was introduced it became clearer and clearer the sadness that would eventually befall them. Predictability does not ruin quality though, and with all the wonderful intricacies and details placed all throughout Inside Out, quality was definitely running pretty high. There’s so much to…

  • Paprika

    Paprika

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: ☣️☣️☣️☣️☣️
    Personal Rating: 9.5

    I’ve always been fascinated by dreams. The way we recall dreams in our minds is no different from how we recall memories... where does the dreamworld end and reality begin? This is a question you commonly have to ask yourself all throughout Paprika, and I love that about it. Although it’s concept and overall plot is really strong, the thing that stands out about this movie the most for me is it’s visuals. The…

  • Amélie

    Amélie

    ★★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌸
    Personal Rating: 10

    Every scene in Amélie is perfect to me. I just really love watching this movie. Truthfully, it’s stress rating might be more than what I currently have it at, but I think the way that this movie dissolves all your anxieties at least just for 122 minutes is something that deserves awarding. The fact that this is the highest grossing french-language film in America is proof that masses might actually have good taste. Is…

  • Fletch Lives

    Fletch Lives

    ★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    Personal Rating: 6

    After watching Fletch, my parents decided that we might as well also watch it’s sequel, Fletch Lives. I don’t really know what I expected... but it definitely wasn’t this. The setting is now Louisiana, where religion and racism go hand in hand. The cops still suck this time around, with the fun addition of motorcyclists, television evangelists, and confederacy cosplayers. Chevy Chase as Fletch is still the main reason to watch, as the plot…

  • Fletch

    Fletch

    ★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    Personal Rating: 7.5

    In light of the Fletch remake starring Jon Hamm being teased, my parents thought it’d only be fitting force my sister and I to watch this with them. So we did. And it... was... pretty good? The plot was a little messy but honestly, you probably shouldn’t be watching this movie if you want some Knives Out type shit. Chevy Chase is the real reason you’d watch this movie, and his antics as the…

  • The Boxtrolls

    The Boxtrolls

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🧸🧸
    Personal Rating: 8

    Do I really care about the plot of this movie? No. I mean, it’s basically just Elf plus... maybe The BFG? Yeah, that sounds about right. You see, the real reason why I like The Boxtrolls more than Coraline is it’s characters! I love ‘em! Eggs is stupid but charming! Winifred is oddly malevolent! Mr. Pickles and Mr. Trout are the best side-characters Laika have are made! And the whole town (and especially the bourgeoise) are…

  • Queen & Slim

    Queen & Slim

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    Personal Rating: 9

    Honestly, I was pretty surprised to read the reviews of this and find that most people thought it was pretty average. I mean, it’s not really adding completely new topics to the dialogue, but does that really detract from the movie’s quality? It’s beautifully shot, it’s written really well, it stars Daniel Kaluuya... what more do you people want? Whatever. On another note, very few characters are trustworthy in this movie, and many surprise…

  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: ☣️☣️☣️☣️☣️
    Personal Rating: 9

    To be honest, I feel iffy about giving it this stress rating, as the ending (though I loved it) definitely wasn’t nearly as anxiety-inducing as the rest of the film. However, there are certain scenes in this that are disturbing on so many levels, and that score alone could probably give you a panic attack, so I think the rating fits. Perfect Blue is also just... really confusing. What’s real and what’s a fragment…

  • It's Such a Beautiful Day

    It's Such a Beautiful Day

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥 ½
    Personal Rating: 9?

    On my first watch, It's Such a Beautiful Day filled me with a profound kind of anxiety and discomfort, a feeling I recognized but didn't exactly know where from. This compelled me to watch the movie again, and since then I've come to terms with the fact that watching this feels like watching my brain at 4AM desperately trying to mull over everything that happened during the day while also trying to go…

  • Whisper of the Heart

    Whisper of the Heart

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🧸🧸
    Personal Rating: 9.5

    Probably my favorite non-Miyazaki film from Studio Ghibli. Even putting my personal bias for movies featuring writers aside, Whisper of the Heart is just such a pleasure to watch from start to finish that I can’t see how anyone could dislike it. Don’t let the cover deceive you — this story is not full of escapist fantasies or dashing magical bachelors. These are humans, with real flaws and worries, and even though their actions…