• Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

    I loved many parts of this movie, but somehow the whole felt like less than the sum of its parts. Mainly, I think I just did not buy the romantic relationship at its core. I loved the ambiguity that was ever-present in it, but did not buy the resolution to that ambiguity.

    The reason I love so many parts of this movie is that they are incredibly strong as stand-alone vignettes, but then again looking back I feel like having…

  • The Humans

    The Humans

    ★★★★★

    A fantastic screenplay adapted from a play paired with amazingly confident and interesting film-making. Truly loved this.

  • Cocktail

    Cocktail

    ★★

    A fairly amusing mess of a film. Not quite so-bad-its-good, but entertaining enough to watch over with a friend over drinks.

  • Pride & Prejudice

    Pride & Prejudice

    ★★★★½

    A wonderful adaptation. Fantastic performances, excellent and often interesting direction, great production. Definitely worth watching. Only complaint is that the ending felt a bit rushed, with the last scene not being as impactful as I hoped.

  • Boiling Point

    Boiling Point

    ★★★★★

    Without a doubt the best use of an unbroken single shot film I have even seen. Other recent examples such as 1917 and Birdman use it to good effect, but frequently also feel like the one-shot aspect is not really crucial to the film. The same is not true with this film - the unbroken shot is essential to convey the ever-rising stress of the situation and the tense chaos of teamwork in such a setting. I was completely immerse throughout, and the film went by in what felt like much less time than its actual length. Highly recommend this.

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★½

    How, and why, do you make a 4th Matrix film more than twenty years after the release of the original? This, the 4th Matrix film, recons with this question throughout itself, and astoundingly answers it in a beautiful, elegant, and smart way.

    The first matrix film was, on a surface level, about the philosophical notion that we may all be living in a dream, or a simulation, and not be aware of it at all. But, it does not take…

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★★★

    More or less what could be hoped for from the trailers, with an additional emotional heft none of the previous new Spidey films have even tried to achieve. Has plenty of flaws (humor is flat, pacing is slow, CGI is CGI, etc.) but at the end of the day it's a lot of fun, and the way the characters from other movies are incorporated is well done.

  • Mind Game

    Mind Game

    ★★★★½

    An absolutely BONKERS meditation on what it is to be ALIVE. Masterfully utilizes SO MANY animation styles, utterly UNINHIBITED, totally WILD, and on the whole so much FUN. While I expected it to be all that, I enjoyed that it is also deeply RESONANT and MEANINGFUL. Definitely WORTH WATCHING!

  • Memories

    Memories

    ★★★★½

    As fantastic on a re-watch as I remembered. The middle film is a bit weak, simply for just being a bit overlong and too wacky for my taste. Otherwise though, fantastic, an essential viewing for Satoshi Kon fans and fans of anime in general.

  • Emma.

    Emma.

    ★★★½

    A good, very slightly edgy adaptation of the original story. The trailer made me expect a much more comedic and modernized adaptation, so I was surprised to find this to be a basically faithful adaptation. It's fun to watch since the original story is a lot of fun, but does not really improve upon existing adaptations. The direction and overall mise-en-scene are really bright and fun, with clear inspiration taken from Wed Anderson. Still, I was hoping for something more original. That aside however, this is still a really good movie and well worth a watch if you are in the mood for it.

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★½

    Second watch, and if anything I enjoyed it more than the first one. There are many small details that are fun to notice thorought, and the emotional impact remained as strong as in the first view.

  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★★

    First rewatch, and as fantastic as the first time. Not a moment wasted, not a shot misplaced, not an actor missing a beat. Truly great.