• Cosmopolis

    Cosmopolis

    ★★★★★

    the end of history.

  • Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future

    could not finish this. obviously has some early cronenbergian ideas related to his distanced fascination with the human body, disease, and sexuality, but those ideas seem to be expressed almost entirely through an intermittent voice-over. the silent images, although competently shot, are almost totally void of thematic connection. i wouldn't say i hate all early cronenberg (Shivers is awesome) but when it isn't working for me there's just something insufferably dull about it.

  • Inland Empire

    Inland Empire

    ★★★★★

    there and back again.

  • Consenting Adults

    Consenting Adults

    without a doubt one of the worst hitchcock riffs i've ever seen. obviously ripping off Vertigo but despite having an arguably grosser premise (the protagonist here is framed for murdering kevin spacey's wife by kevin spacey convincing him to rape her as part of some wife-swapping fantasy that neither wives are consenting to???) it couldn't be more insufferably boring.

  • Narrow Margin

    Narrow Margin

    ★★

    totally unremarkable with the exception of goat gene hackman.

  • The Presidio

    The Presidio

    ★★

    frankly confused why a director with such obvious visual talent directed this laughably dull script. at least The Star Chamber's dumb story was a little sensational and had michael douglas.

  • The Star Chamber

    The Star Chamber

    ★★★

    very dumb but solid visuals.

  • Troll 2

    Troll 2

    ★★

    not the worst movie i've ever seen tbh.

  • Accattone

    Accattone

    ★★★★

    a spare, bleak, quasi-neorealist character study about about a guy doing just about anything to survive without selling his own bodily labor, no matter how despicable or pathetic. unfolds with an eye for the slimy, manipulative, character detail of recent films like Good Time and Red Rocket, but ultimately concludes as a stark, empathetic portrait of post-war class desperation.

    first time seeing this but the restoration on the criterion channel looks really nice.

  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★★★

    gorgeous little film about the simple magic of genuine connection between two people in spite of all structural and situational odds.

  • Se7en

    Se7en

    ★★★★★

    somehow only seen this once before but it is genuinely so great.

  • Fight Club

    Fight Club

    ★★★★★

    "this is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time."