Drew has written 14 reviews for films during 2021.

  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★★½

    I turn into a puddle every time Carol makes some forward gesture, her face all poised and composed; Therese pauses, caught off guard; and then chaos breaks out on Carol's face when for just a moment there's a void that she doesn't quite know how to bridge. Even when Haynes stages that interaction, shot from a different room with walls covering all but a tiny sliver of the frame, I stare at the 10 pixels he fits them into and melt.

  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    ★★★½

    A heartfelt tribute to two of cinema's greatest achievements: Carol (2015) and the promo for season 10 of Degrassi.

  • earthearthearth

    earthearthearth

    ★★★★

    me, staring at nothing but a horizon on a mostly black screen 1 minute in: omg calm down

  • A Hero

    A Hero

    ★★★½

    The commodification of a good deed, continuously repackaged, redivided, and meted out. Everyone with standing has to preach their own benevolence, so it's unexpectedly jarring when Rahim's creditor lays bare his own motivations. Each new development adjusts the balance of power slightly, but mostly it brings us closer to a resolution we knew was coming.

  • Petite Maman

    Petite Maman

    I'm at the Céline Sciamma screening and the lesbians are sharing their Portrait of a Lady on Fire fanart.

  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    A dazzling rumination on urban loneliness, the burn of near connection, and thALL THE LEAVES ARE BROOWN

  • Blissfully Yours

    Blissfully Yours

    This has the most majestic scene about the sun behind a cloud that I've seen since like Antigone (1992).

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    Could be the quarantine solipsism, but this one hit hard. I've revisited Mulholland Drive enough times that the game of cleverly puzzling out the narrative structure and finding the mirror images has lost its appeal. The shape of the film is clear enough that the tragedy of these characters echoes across it.

    The interpretation of Diane's dream always made the most sense to me, and now the first half plays as if it's being retold by her, standing somewhere just…

  • Charlatan

    Charlatan

    ★★

    More tedious than you'd expect for a film about queers who like piss.

  • The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later

    The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later

    I heard a story a few years back: someone was in Paris and came across a little gallery. When they went inside, they realized it wasn't a gallery at all; Agnès Varda was standing there and they had walked into her home. She offered them something to drink, and they found themselves chatting with her all afternoon.

    For the life of me I can't remember where I heard the story, in an interview I read or maybe talking to someone…

  • The Devil Is a Woman

    The Devil Is a Woman

    ★★★★½

    A sample page from the screenplay of The Devil Is a Woman:

    Late at night, fog fills the air, making it difficult to see. A group of willow trees are outside a house, their leaves dangling over a house.

    A heavy rain pours down onto the house, water running off the roof and falling in front of the window. A mysterious figure is masked by the slats of the window.

    Through the window, a party is in full swing during…

  • Narcissus

    Narcissus

    ★★★★½

    So beautiful, I forget to breathe when I get to the part where Jean-Louis Morin dissolves into nothing but motion.