• City Hall

    City Hall

    ★★★★

    Tag yourself. I’m the grill getting crushed by the garbage truck. (Best scene in the movie btw)

    At four and a half hours City Hall is a crucible of a viewing experience but not an unrewarding one. Naturally my mind wandered more than once but more often the documentary engaged the part of my mind that nerds out about and wants to be involved in local politics. Frederick Wiseman is process driven and detail oriented electing to leave everything on…

  • Shirley

    Shirley

    ★★★★

    Josephine Decker takes what could have been a standard reimagining of the life of Shirley Jackson and creates a provoking look into gender, power, and creative expression. Though more conventionally plotted than 2018’s Madeline’s Madeline, Decker does not forfeit her filmmaking vocabulary that adds not only an entertaining style but also greater depth to the film’s story. Deker’s camera and editing, brought to fruition by Strula Bandth Grøvlen (also of last year’s Wendy) and David Barker create a fluid time, flowing from our…

  • Over the Moon

    Over the Moon

    ★★½

    There are certainly some merits to Over the Moon, the grey morality of antagonist, the scientific inclination of our lead, and the consistency of the songs beyond the first act. Unfortunately the rest and majority of the movie just felt derivative. The art style felt like cheap Dreamworks, the plot late renaissance Disney, there just wasn’t anything too individual about this movie. All the merits merely got me through a movie that I could find very little investment in. That being said I’m sure many kids would enjoy this and that’s kinda the point I suppose.

  • Lovers Rock

    Lovers Rock

    The tonal progression from the Silly Games scene to the Kunta Kinte Dub scene? 
    *chief’s kiss*

  • Wendy

    Wendy

    ★★★½

    I think Peter Pan is a story that has grown beyond its original incarnation and is now best suited as source material for reimagined takes. Behn Zeitlin’s Wendy is the perfect example of exploring old themes through new aesthetic and serves as evidence for my earlier claim. 

    Set outside a conventional framework of time, Wendy quickly asserts itself as emotionally driven and adherent to the logic of play. It succeeds most in montage when the power of the enthralling score…

  • First Cow

    First Cow

    “Leave it.”


    We tell tales of the frontier often through lenses of individualism, heroics, and masculinity, but greed seems as appropriate a lens as any other. When King-Lu and Cookie disagree on wether the territory is new or old part of both of their perspectives that ring true. They are on old land with long histories but still a land that’s made new by the oncoming settlers and their new societal structures. It’s an old land that can be taken…

  • Boys State

    Boys State

    ★★★★

    Boys State encapsulates every part of the political experience, the excitement, hope, anger, and disgust all in a palatable, entertaining two-ish hours. It’s a real shame that this has been excised to AppleTV where it will undoubtably go under viewed.

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★

    Why does Pete Doctor get to make such good movies. He’s not even a real doctor. 

    Soul is a moving journey that weaves in and out of a creative, existential world beyond our own. It’s a celebration of the mundane and the excellent from a fantastical perspective that helps fill in the thesis of the film. Jamie Foxx and Tine Fey work as a great team bringing out the heart of this movie as possibly Pixar’s most unlikable but all…

  • We Can Be Heroes

    We Can Be Heroes

    ★½

    Alright, this a dumb movie that I had fun with. Robby Rod is a true auteur and it's very hard for me to not at least ironically enjoy whatever he puts out on a base level. BUT there is one major question that We Can be Heroes fails to answer! What is Pedro Pascal's character's superpower?

    Now I'll admit I may have missed that sliver of exposition while trying to figure out how this ties into Del Castillo Live (the…

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    ★★★½

    Wonder Woman 84 asks its viewer to suspend a great deal of belief and I understand why some do not do so, especially those who are more logically oriented. But I am a sucker for emotion and theme so I found it pretty easy to buy in and meet WW84 on its own terms. 

    From the first scene I felt a thrill that a year without blockbuster had tampered but as a young Diana ran through Themyscara my heart raced…

  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

    The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

    ★★

    “Fight like a man!”

    Alright let’s ignore the bad fight cinematography and the less than imposing disposability of the terra-cotta army...just, who cares? This lacks all the personality of its predecessors and while not unwatchable it certainly feels uninspired. Minimal romp. 

    Happy 2021


    Mummy-a-thon 

  • The Scorpion King

    The Scorpion King

    ★★

    “You’re lucky we have the same mother.”

    I shouldn’t have enjoyed this as much as I did and I imagine if I ever tried to watch this again I wouldn’t have a good time. But with all the guitar riffs this ended up being a rockin’ romp.