• The Batman

    The Batman

    some real pulp here folks, which makes me like it in one respect but doesn't save it from being a dud in the rest. an outright continuation of joker's (2019) appropriation of 70s film aesthetics which just never ends up being anything other than silly. you'll have paul dano complaining to a guy in a bat suit about growing up poor as an orphan, but he can't even mention real drugs. he has to say something silly like "drophead". paul…

  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening

    Hale County This Morning, This Evening

    ★★★★★

    the future of filmmaking

  • Death on the Nile

    Death on the Nile

    ★★★★★

    branagh's poirot has become one of the dearest realizations of a character to me. the incredible tenderness with which branagh approaches the character, framing poirot as having a perpetual open wound in the world, deeply informing the cases and the conclusions so far. if the first film was about restorative justice, to restore a more correct order to the world, then this iteration is about love. the capacity for love to lead to ruin -- to steal, to murder, and…

  • Ocean's Eleven

    Ocean's Eleven

    ★★★★★

    characters as edits. moreover that we don't need these characters as characters, that's a different movie. instead we get character arcs that are subverted back into the folds of the edit, the edit that's always one step ahead, carefully crafted towards its fatalistic conclusion while keeping the stakes up for the audience. total poetics, a dream of winning against the house and stealing someone's heart, too. the fountain sequence is immaculate. any reservations i had about this the first go…

  • The Lorax

    The Lorax

    if you know then you know

  • Marebito

    Marebito

    ★★★★★

    this film is very relatable. the ending shot of total metaphysical terror, as he lays there in her lap, is like finally dating the e-girl of your dreams only to later learn that the only thing she'll ever eat in life is microwaved hotdogs.

  • Inside Man

    Inside Man

    fun way to start off 2k22 because i guess you could say i've been inside too long ha

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★★

    it's a love story.

  • Voyage of Time: Life's Journey

    Voyage of Time: Life's Journey

    ★★★★★

    if i cultivated anything of a niche during my time here i've been told one thing in particular enough to believe i'm "that malickhead" -- and i'm fine with that. what's here is malick's poetics stripped of his reflection as much as possible, but these images are ordered and constructed in sequence much like any other malick affair. such a sincere belief in the transcendental quality of images to ascend. to ascend. the images make you believe that all life…

  • The Shop Around the Corner

    The Shop Around the Corner

    ★★★★★

    there's so much love inside of us, that never gets out.

  • Dune

    Dune

    very strong in each moment, sequence by sequence -- by dwelling in the place it feels so real and immersing, carefully evoked in the edit at least when afforded (think oscar isaac's scene where he's watching the lights dance on the wall). what it suffers from and will continue to suffer from on further revisits is precisely within its faithful adapting. i've heard there's a five hour cut somewhere, but i don't think anymore time would make this work better…

  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    "you ever hear of michael fucking myers"