• They/Them

    They/Them

    Have John Logan and Ryan Murphy ever been seen in the same room together?

  • Prey

    Prey

    ★★★½

    I liked the part where the dood got murked with the doohickey

  • This Much I Know to Be True

    This Much I Know to Be True

    ★★★★★

    The best music Cave and Ellis have ever made, heightened through the immaculate staging of Dominik and the visionary frame of Robbie Ryan. Interstitial sequences give insight into Cave’s mindset and philosophies at this late stage of life, lingering on his collection of handcrafted ceramics depicting the life and death of the Devil, reflecting on how the 38,000 fan emails in his inbox keep him grounded and connected to a more humane self, and on the nature of his most…

  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★½

    Absurd, maximalist spectacle in all the ways you would expect from Baz, and hagiographic to the extreme, but man does Austin Butler give the performance of the year here. Baz reins in some of his most excessively anachronistic tendencies and lets the film revolve around Butler and Hanks (who is, contrary to popular opinion I suppose, very good here because the performance is hammy and ridiculous and not at all played straight).

    All the same, this has no shortage of…

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★

    Cruise control.

  • Morbius

    Morbius

    He saved more lives than penicillin.

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★

    Not a lot, just forever
    Intertwined sewn together
    As the rock bears the weather
    Not a lot, just forever
    Not a lot, just forever
    Intertwined, sewn together
    As the wren bares her feathers
    Not a lot, just forever

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★½

    Reverently realized as minimalist nightmare in the vein of Welles, this suffocating vision of the Scottish Play lingers in the rhythms of the prose, while a grave and oppressive sound design enhances the gaunt haze of its sets. In some ways, this is a daringly uncinematic vision of the play, one of my favourite Shakespeares rendered a tad too monotone and austere for my tastes (a similar quibble I have with Welles' version). That said, there is enough stark and…

  • De Palma

    De Palma

    ★★★½

    Maybe De Palma isn’t the coolest New Hollywood director, nor the one who had the most success in consistently financing and realizing his visions (there’s a case for him as the least lucky in many respects), but he’ll always be the one closest to my heart for his wickedly colourful, delightfully perverse, and visually sophisticated style. The greatest American filmmaker of the last thirty years of the 20th century, and one of the few truly transgressive visionaries of his generation…

  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★½

    Hamaguchi's deft formal touches (godly staging and blocking!) enhance three short stories of women unable to fully express their affection, and the ways desire can both hinder and deepen mutual understanding.

  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★½

    A tender tale of grief unprocessed, stories unfinished, and healing in a communion that goes beyond language. Sometimes you just need to sit with someone, so that the size of the space you occupy gets a little more manageable.

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