• Shadows

    Shadows

    ★★★★

    Raw, even by Cassavetes standards, but still has his ability to capture the essential feel of guys being dudes, of pretentious intellectuals, of proto-fuccbois, of conflicted people. There are some bits that don't go anywhere, but the good stuff will stick with you. Plus it's cool to see a movie about the beats and the early days of the counterculture made when it was still current, rather than looking back and trying to recapture it. Last but not least, you have to appreciate the rare Cassavetes that doesn't have an extra half-hour tacked onto it.

  • Inland Empire

    Inland Empire

    ★★★★

    Want to leave a review but what the fuck am I going to say about this?

    Torn between "need to watch five more times to make sense of it" and "I can go another couple decades before doing that again."

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I didn't hate this like I thought I might. The cast, the action sequences, and even some of the multiverse-hopping were all a lot of fun. The scene with Evelyn and Joy as rocks communicating with text on the screen was a brilliant use of the movie's conceit. And while "hot dogs for fingers" or "a butt plug trophy" might sound lame, I defy anyone not to laugh at the opening sequence of 2001 recreated with hot dog-fingered apes or…

  • Ambulance

    Ambulance

    ★★★

    Dumb guy genius on the level of Zack Snyder's Justice League, Wild Things, and Bay's own The Rock.

  • Lincoln

    Lincoln

    ★★★★

    Spielberg being Spielberg, a phenomenal cast, an inspiring story of the embodiment of America in all its contradictions, our very own mystical warrior healer politician and prophet and martyr for freedom.

    Tows the line of hagiography at times, but I'm as guilty as anyone because my heart swelled when I realized I was watching it on the day he was assassinated.

  • Die Hard: With a Vengeance

    Die Hard: With a Vengeance

    ★★★½

    Extremely convoluted, stretches itself a little too far (the hamhanded attempt to Say Something About Our Times and Race Relations, plus whatever was going on with Katya, Simon, and Krieg), but absolutely a rollicking good time, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson are charismatic as ever, I appreciated the twists on the classic Die Hard structure and the willingness to hold off on big action scenes.

  • King Richard

    King Richard

    ★★★½

    Watched almost exclusively because of The Slap. Wild that even ten years ago, this would have made $300 million instead of 38.

    Perfectly serviceable, feel-good Oscar bait. A little unfocused, sometimes forgets stories or expects us to react to things that aren't on screen, but you can't deny the spirit or Will Smith doing his finest Will Smith.

  • Once Were Warriors

    Once Were Warriors

    ★★★½

    My first dip into Kanopy, and one I've been curious about for a while. Sometimes has a ring of cliche and melodrama, but when it's good, it's great. The violence is sudden and shocking, there are a million heartbreaking moments, Temuera Morrison and Rena Owen are fantastic as the two leads.

    Wild that eight years after this, Morrison was in Star Wars and Tamahori was directing a Bond.

  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★

    The existentialist subtext is pretty much the text here. Nobody likes the "I have read philosophy" guy, but the characters did everything short of namedropping the sickness unto death and Dasein and bad faith.

    That's not a knock at all, it's a great movie and threads the needle of exploring all those themes in depth without beating the viewer over the head with them. It manages to do the same with contemporary elements like smartphones and MeToo and cancel culture,…

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    All this time later and it still bangs.

    There are bits that don't make sense, which range from inconsequential (how did the Joker know to the pull the bus out at that exact second) to the annoying (they really didn't check the boats during an active terrorist threat?), but which never pull me out of the moment.

    It also suffers from the classic Nolan vice of having characters state the thematic impact of whatever is happening ("did Batman save you?"…

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    Finally, a comic book movie that has the guts to be so bad it's good.

  • Wild Things

    Wild Things

    In the 90's, all this was normal.