• Pui Pui Molcar

    Pui Pui Molcar

    ★★★★★

    A goddamn joy to experience. Stunning animation, poignant yet simple storylines, and such cute character & sound design. What seems to be an adorable program for kids - Pui Pui Molcar is actually a powerful exploration of morality, friendship, autonomy, and a careful examination of all our places in society.

  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★½

    Jordan Peele redeemed! Loved Get Out - super tight, effective, and memorable film with a message and a punch. Balanced comedy and horror and commentary perfectly. Us was a bit of a mess IMO, and I don't really have the desire to ever revisit it. Nope has reestablished my faith in JP.

    While overall not quite as poignant or cohesive as Get Out, it does in some ways surpass Peele's debut - mainly in overall cinematic weight. This movie uses…

  • The Gray Man

    The Gray Man

    ★★★

    Pretty bummed at how average this was. Felt like every other action movie released in the past 5 years combined into one. Wasted Gosling. Can't wait to see him in Barbie though, sounds like he's legit gonna crush that. Russos peaked with Endgame.

  • The Mist

    The Mist

    ★½

    Used to really like this movie! Especially for the ending which I remembered to be pretty haunting. Just rewatched it and holy cow it's like The Happening level bad. Honestly worse because at least The Happening I can laugh at. Thought Darabont was okay bc the first 2 seasons of the walking dead were cool, but that show fell into a new realm of bs being milked, and now after seeing the green mile and then rewatching this...? 😵‍💫😂

  • Sleep Has Her House

    Sleep Has Her House

    ★★★½

    Late night watch. Bought this on the director's website. Beautiful, often haunting, but also slips into the realm of pretension - this isn't helped with the ridiculous letterboxd reviews for it haha. It's great that people got so much meaning from it, and I'm happy to support by ordering this film from the source. But one can only be made to sit and stare at a black screen for so long. I get that the sitting in silence is part…

  • Cha Cha Real Smooth

    Cha Cha Real Smooth

    ★★★½

    Some films are worth the price of admission for a singular moment, or even line of dialogue. I feel like that's kind of the case here with Cooper Raiff's sophomore feature (follow up to Shithouse). The runtime is only 1hr48m, but it feels like SO much longer. Probably because, despite a simple premise, the film aims to tackle SO many relationships and dynamics (which isn't necessarily a downside - I related to the main character a decent amount actually. Life…

  • The Integrity of Joseph Chambers

    The Integrity of Joseph Chambers

    ★★★★

    The second feature by Robert Machoian, with returning collaborators Clayne Crawford (lead role), Oscar Ignacio Jimenez (DP), and others including the incredible sound team from their first project, The Killing of Two Lovers (my favorite film of 2020).

    In many ways, this film is a much simpler movie than TKOTL. A man ventures into the woods to hunt for the first time. He says it's because he needs to teach himself how to survive in a world that's on the…

  • Picnic

    Picnic

    ★★★★½

    A stunningly portrait of escapism and poetry packaged into a skin simultaneously simple and complex. Pretty enjoyable, until it isn't, but the last 15 minutes completely MAKE this the experience that it is. The broken neck "dance" and the final scene feel like some weird fever dream I had long ago, that just rose to the surface. Maybe the most beautiful final frame in any film I've ever seen.

    Would be a 10 if not for a certain shot of a dude's junk.
    Possible entry into my Top 200 of All Time.

  • Men

    Men

    ★★★

    With each film he makes, I start to fear Alex Garland is losing his touch. With a debut as fucking stellar as Ex Machina (10/10) to a pretty unique and visually compelling ride in Annihilation (8/10), we arrive at his third film, which upon first viewing to me, is an overly heavy handed, sloppily paced, allegory for something he's already tackled, with no real semblance of a singular visual direction (albeit with pretty good performances to hold it up).

    A…

  • Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes

    Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes

    ★★★★½

    Yo. This is probably the most inspiring, underrated, and unknown gem of the past 5 years. Go seek it out asap, it's free on Amazon as of a couple days ago. Absolute true and pure testament to the indie film spirit. Shot in a one take on an iphone, with one of the most insanely cool premises of any sci-fi I've encountered.

    Clocking in at only 70 minutes, this movie flies by, and is so heartwarming, inventive, humble... It's a joy to watch from start to finish. Why do Japanese directors always come out of the gates swinging? This was Yamaguchi's debut feature. Mindblown again.

  • Ringu

    Ringu

    ★★★★½

    Somehow the first time I'm watching this all the way through (studying up for directing ARIA in just a few weeks ahhhh) and damn. This is so much better than I expected. After seeing so many spoofs and parodies and spinoffs and remakes of this iconic film, my expectations were mid-level.

    But upon seeing it, I was legit stunned at how beautifully framed it is, how drop dead gorgeous the musical score is, and how utterly fucking iconic THAT scene…

  • Old

    Old

    Wow. This script is even worse than The Happening (which I unironicaly love as a good-bad movie). No exaggeration, this is the ugliest color grade I've ever seen. And there's a super blatant audio mix error halfway through that we had to replay 3 times to make sure we heard it right. Where The Happening is watchable for pure joy and laughs, this is straight up unbearable. OLD is still not as offensive as The Last Airbender, but I legit…