• North by Northwest

    North by Northwest

    ★★★½

    North by Northwest is a bit silly - as are most Hitchcock films when you really break them down (aside from a few excellent exceptions!), but it’s endlessly charming in its silliness. When Roger Thornhill gets kidnapped after being mistaken for secret agent George Kaplan, his life takes a turn where he is implicated in a series of crimes, and goes on a journey to clear his name, and meets the enchanting Eve Kendall on his way. It’s certainly camp,…

  • Soulmates

    Soulmates

    I made a short film 😳 It’s not available anywhere yet, but if anyone is curious you can watch a sort of tonal teaser for it here: 'Soulmates' Teaser

  • Oslo, August 31st

    Oslo, August 31st

    ★★★½

    A simple, poetic piece of cinema, Oslo, August 31st follows Anders, a suicidal drug addict in recovery, over the course of a day’s leave from his rehab centre, as he reunites with people from his past. It is a heavy film, and it is given the space to speak for itself without anything showy. Everything is laid bare. The camera work is simple, the sound design is simple, the storyline is simple, but in its simplicity there is a magnitude…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    No film will ever surpass this. I need it tattooed on my eyeballs.

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★½

    Everything Everywhere All At Once is crazy. It’s chaotic, all over the place, and diverges in every possible direction. But within the chaos lies a beating heart of creativity, compassion, a love for cinema, a love for people, and an understanding of the universe. It’s chaos with a purpose. The concept of a multiverse is inherently interesting - it gets the mind working, thinking, contemplating all the tiny moments of our lives that could have gone somewhere else, makes us…

  • The Birds

    The Birds

    ★★½

    It is interesting how advancement in technology and its proximity to the craft of filmmaking can render what was, certainly, once a frightening film into a piece that elicits laughter in all the places it shouldn’t. This can’t really be held against the film, as I can imagine it being quite frightening at the time, and Hitchcock’s signature suspenseful direction is a core aspect of the film, but The Birds still doesn’t work as a cohesive piece.

    It takes a…

  • Unpregnant

    Unpregnant

    ★★★½

    After her pregnancy test comes back positive, Missouri teen Veronica embarks on a road trip to Albuquerque with her former friend Bailey, in order to get an abortion without her parents finding out. An abortion road trip movie - what’s not to love? Unpregnant balances its heavy and timely subject matter with its comedic tone and general family-friendly execution, while still allowing for relevant commentary on the state of reproductive rights in the United States.

    It’s relentlessly charming, has delightful chemistry…

  • Benedetta

    Benedetta

    ★★½

    My thoughts on Benedetta are rather neutral; neither overwhelmingly positive or overwhelmingly negative. Nun cinema is a subcategory of film that thrives off of repression, a strange relationship with the concept of a very powerful man, and sexuality as a weapon, something to be desired, yet something to be feared, and Benedetta is no different, but in Paul Verhoeven’s hands the sexual and the violent dominate. As is the objectification of the woman, though, no? To be sexual, to be…

  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★

    “I feel like a spectator in my own life”

    The voice of an unknown woman introduces us to our protagonist, Julie. The voice is a disconnected, objective narrator, but is close enough to Julie that the relationship between voice and protagonist is unclear. The voice is not Julie, but it is. It has access to Julie’s world, Julie’s thoughts, Julie’s memories and experiences, but it does not match the voice that is Julie’s. It is Julie’s voice, but it is…

  • Crush

    Crush

    ★★★

    Crush is everything you’d expect it to be; it’s cheesy, awkward, occasionally cringey, and a little bit bad. But it’s also perfect in its own way. If you’re looking for a coming-of-age sapphic romcom that borders on the saccharine and overly sentimental, while also delivering the kind of on-screen queer romance that makes you swoon and desperately want to fall in love (and it has a happy ending!), Crush is perfect.

    Paige is an artist, with dreams of attending Cal…

  • Million Dollar Baby

    Million Dollar Baby

    ★★★½

    Million Dollar Baby subverts expectations; what seems like a standard tale of the underdog rising through the ranks to achieve ultimate glory, transforms into a damning indictment of the limitations of the American Dream, and the idea that success is in trying harder and harder, in pushing further and further. Eastwood’s controlled and classical direction creates a dramatic tension that allows the darkness of the tale to shine through, and allows the audience to follow Maggie’s journey in a personal…

  • Tell It to the Bees

    Tell It to the Bees

    ★★★

    My regular reviews will return once this torturous college semester finally comes to an end next month (it’s truly horrific). But, Tell It to the Bees is a funny one to look at objectively. The chemistry between Holliday Grainger and Anna Paquin is delicious and translates wonderfully on screen, despite Paquin’s subpar Scottish accent and average performance, and while the first hour contains the trademarks of the lesbian period drama that I adore: glances, touches, looks, tension, almosts, repression, it…