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  • Ping Pong the Animation

    Ping Pong the Animation

    ★★★★½

    Beautiful. Yuasa is a master of montage and simple images that bring so many emotions, what a genius.

  • Apocalypto

    Apocalypto

    ★★

    I do not understand the love for this film. There's beautiful moments of set/costume design and color useage but so many of the key violent and death scenes are really poorly filmed with goofy slow motion that undercuts the serious tone and an editing style that mostly obscures the action. I admire what type of film this is and what Gibson was trying to do here, but I only actually enjoyed small portions of what's on offer.

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

    Just really fucking great on all levels. Like I said with Mother, it's astounding how Bong shreds boundaries of genre and art house filmmaking while making that insane balancing act appear effortless. Brilliant from script to direction to acting to score and everything between, doubt I'll see better this year but I'd love to be wrong!

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★

    Both Sandler and the intensely manic direction really pull you into the mindset, and make you root for, a character completely mired in gambling addiction. Especially towards the finale, I felt the swelling excitement and sinking dread of riding that wave into just one more bad decision just one more roll of dice to wipe away the debt and fix all that ails you. But will the sadness and anger ever really go away, even with the score of a…