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New criteria: 1/2 star = so bad it is good

Favorite films

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
  • Almost Famous
  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  • The Long Goodbye

Recent activity

  • Old


  • Gremlins


  • Always Be My Maybe


  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum


Pinned reviews

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed


    Called the greatest film of the past decade by its director Paul Schrader. A bit self indulgent, but he’s got moxie. 
    In a time of chaos and uncertainty, people find religion as a comfort and a place of certainty. What happens when your very religion betrays you? When conversation after conversation is dark and morbid, seeing the worst in humanity, facing death, seeing the world die before his eyes. “Will God forgive us for destroying everything that he has created?”…

Recent reviews

  • Old



    This movie felt like a dream. Not a very pleasant dream but a wild one that didn’t make too much since and can’t remember wholly, but rather specific scenes and images afterward. The plot was pretty goofy and there was no satisfying twist, but the camerawork was interesting and the closeups fracture the faces of the characters. Shyamalan was pulling the puppet strings the whole time, both as the director and character within the film that felt a bit too…

  • Gremlins



    I think I would be able to take care of a gremlin if given the chance. Sure I'd give it some water and make it a crowd, but no snacks past midnight.

    Once the Gremlins do their thing, they become a more evil and juvenile monster version of The Wild One's biker gang. They terrorize the town, mess with electrical wiring, and raid the movies during a showing of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (which they are big fans). I heard Gremlins 2 is a wild ride and I'm hyped to check it out.

Popular reviews

  • Hollywood



    Reinventing the narrative of classical Hollywood (probably inspired by the success of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) , a diverse cast sets out to make the first movie about a black girl in 1947. I thought this was an interesting idea, but it seemed to me that everyone is way too easily convinced to do things throughout. Whenever an evil white producer is faced with gatekeeping, they pretty much think about it for 5 seconds and say “I love it”. …

  • Grave of the Fireflies

    Grave of the Fireflies


    This was so sad. From the Japanese civilian’s perspective of World War 2. I found the little things, the little gestures, the small actions that really made this film shine, not to mention the fireflies. I’ve been meaning to watch more old Anime movies like this, and I’m glad I got the chance to see this with my youngest sister. Hopefully I didn’t scar her too much. Show this to a young child.