• Blackhat

    Blackhat

    Feels unbelievably absurdly serious, like if Mirror was about geopolitics. Michael Mann seems to intentionally downplay any chemistry that his romantic leads could potentially have: the result is the heart of the movie being a relationship that is striking but difficult for me to see as beautiful. To call Blackhat visionary would be understating how humorless and private it feels, frankly it’s absurd to me that this is a film whose author allowed it to be released in his own…

  • Nitram

    Nitram

    Warm and tragic.

  • Out of the Blue

    Out of the Blue

    Tragedy. Serious movie. Cry for compassion. Not nihilistic I don’t think. Cinema for me and you.

  • Bamboozled

    Bamboozled

    Really scary and really honest.

    "Those were the last pair of tap shoes worn by Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. In fact, he died with them on."
    "Hope that doesn't happen to me."

    Dantean vision of the future; digital, flat and exploitive. Has “flaws” in a sense that also don’t really matter. Truly a fully realized cinematic expression.

  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    Too massive to be analyzed or described under a handful of lenses. Traumatic. A film with so much to appreciate and be moved by, to be horrified by, could not have a more deeply fitting final line of dialogue.

  • The Quiet Man

    The Quiet Man

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

    The Last Duel

    Of all the Code-era Hollywood films I've seen that spur debate in regards to depiction as commentary or endorsement, for none is that question so life or death as it is for The Quiet Man. Knowing what little I know of John Ford, and taking the movie as a whole, I think it is sensible to interpret the acts of misogyny and violence in this film as a chilling demonstration of the reality that lies beneath the…

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    Watched with my mom, who aptly said Spielberg clearly has a goal, but that goal seems unrelated to connecting with people.

    I know many others do not feel that way but I do often with Spielberg's films.

  • The Godfather

    The Godfather

    Crazy violent movie. No idea how I never noticed before. Got to see it in IMAX this time. Very engaging but seriously disturbing and with very few gasps for air. Quite emotional and gorgeous and naturalistic also.

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    Why isn't this taught in every film school in the country? How many totally holistic, obviously original (even to someone who doesn't watch movies), touching/relatable movies are there anyways? Pacing in the third act is a bit weaker than the first two acts perhaps. Demy really doesn't waste your time. Great movie.

  • The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    Never seen a Baz film before so the first 45 minutes were overwhelmingly surreal. Got used to it by the end. Never read this book, the core story here is extremely sad and somewhat biting (or extremely, depending on how you read it) but ends rather abruptly and strangely. Part of a distinct lineage of 20th and 21st century works dealing with similar motifs and themes. Some pretty incredible sequences in this movie. As David Erhlich points out, its a movie you are both inside and outside of at the same time.

  • Rumble Fish

    Rumble Fish

    Painfully, vividly realistic, yet possibly the most immersive depiction of disassociation that I’ve ever seen on film. Im not really sure anything else comes close. I feel dizzy.

  • Bambi

    Bambi

    Gorgeous, though less powerful for me than it was when I was younger.