• Belly

    Belly

    ★★★★★

    the best blues I’ve ever seen in a movie. RIP DMX.

  • Avatar

    Avatar

    ★★★★★

    the disability politics still unnerve and trouble me. the execution of the sequence where Sully gets to embrace walking in his new body is wonderful, but it is very misguided for an able bodied filmmaker to see the disabled body as so limiting that their inhabitants would do anything to escape it, even sacrifice their connection to humanity. I don’t think Cameron is being intentionally cruel, just naive and misguided, and it’s a shame that physical disabilities continue to be…

  • Along for the Ride

    Along for the Ride

    ★★★★

    have discovered a new overwhelming crush, Emma Pasarow is so hot. the film gradually gets better as it goes along. like the book, it struggles in the middle when it gets entangled in the (kinda boring) friendship drama, but bounces back hard when it re-centres itself on Auden’s romantic connection and strained relationships with her family. has lovely locations, some great performances throughout (Pasarow is the MVP but Dermot Mulroney is excellent as her fuck-up father) and it has a…

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Elizabeth Olsen is just playing Mila Kunis in Oz The Great and Powerful. almost a 10 year wait for new Raimi and this is what he comes back with.

  • Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel

    Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel

    ★★

    sucks really bad that he undermines the best moment of the special (his coming out! the crowd accepting him!) by immediately using the r word. makes me feel terrible! don’t find it very funny either but the confessional aspect makes the humour less important. it just hurts that a degrading word that contributes to the marginalisation of so many disabled people (including me!) keeps being used as a prop for shitty edgy jokes. I’m really tired of it.

  • This Much I Know to Be True

    This Much I Know to Be True

    ★★★★★

    One More Time With Feeling is my favourite documentary, is about the recording of one of my 5 favourite albums Skeleton Tree, by my favourite band ever Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Cave himself is easily the most important songwriter of my life, and I’ve heard every Bad Seeds album and Cave side project dozens of times, to the point that they’re as much a part of me as my hands and feet. One More Time With Feeling is…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★★★

    still think this has a few major problems, the exposition is still very poorly handled and “Ronan the Accuser” is one of the least effective villains in a franchise populated by them, but this won me around fully on rewatch. a big reason is my undying love of 2, as well as an overwhelming attachment to the characters and their dynamic that’s happened since playing both the Telltale and Eidos Montreal games. but mainly, this is a Marvel movie that…

  • The Souvenir: Part II

    The Souvenir: Part II

    not to be a bummer but as someone who knows intimately the trauma of grieving a romantic partner, and the weight of constructing personal art about that grief, I don’t feel like Hogg captures either the anguish of the reflective process nor any of the humanity of her film within a film’s subject. I didn’t like the first film because it saw Tom Burke’s addiction as secondary to the trauma of Byrne existing next to it, with his death and…

  • Speed

    Speed

    ★★★★★

    this would never happen on a train.

  • Return of the Jedi

    Return of the Jedi

    ★★★★★

    cry every time I see Chewie giving Han the biggest hug and roaring at his best friend.

  • Cloud Atlas

    Cloud Atlas

    ★★★★★

    would probably be one of my all time favourite films if it wasn’t for the frankly naive racial politics and grotesque yellowface. the most flawed film I absolutely adore, mainly because of Ben Whishaw’s all-time great performance, the sublime montage and the stunning coda. it is a genius, confounding, conflicting act of adaptational mastery and self-sabotage. it is a film that I feel blessed to be able to rewatch every year or so, as its peaks make me feel like…

  • Jack and Jill

    Jack and Jill

    ★★

    nowhere near as bad as its reputation but Sandler as Jill doesn’t once work and since that’s the main joke, the film can be exhausting whenever Pacino’s not on screen, who is incredible and responsible for an all timer line reading with “burn this, this must never be seen.” I do love the commitment from the Sandman to making movies without any conflict in pretty locations since a lot of them are very relaxing. out of those vacation pictures, I…