• Where Is the Friend's House?

    Where Is the Friend's House?

    ★★★★½

    This movie perfectly captures the weirdness of childhood and brings you back to the anxiety and fear around situations you would brush off in your adulthood. It also questions societal morals of self-reliance, and instead suggests that the children are the ones whose value system we should align ourselves with.

    While the stakes sound quite low in principle, we can all relate to the fear of authority figures at that age, and the empathy of this little boy to try…

  • Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★★

    Holy Moly.

    As someone who didn't even love the first movie I went in with middling expectations, but this absolutely blew me away. It delivers on everything the first film set up, and is centered around an extremely charismatic Chalamet performance.

    The art direction is stunning, and the world feels tactile yet cinematic. The CGI is spectacular, I am shocked they kept this movie under 200 million.

    Villeneuve is at the top of his craft here. He is able to…

  • Undercurrent

    Undercurrent

    ★★★

    Maybe ask your fiancé if he has a brother before you marry him?

  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    Au Hasard Balthazar

    ★★★★½

    Rethinking my choice to go with a new car over a donkey and cart…

  • Brute Force

    Brute Force

    ★★★★

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

    Dassin's filmmaking is so stylish. With plenty of criticism of the prison industrial complex sprinkled throughout, Dassin paints a portrait of 6 desperate men and their attempts to start a prison riot in the name of freedom. He has a lot of care for the prisoners, and paints the guards as the brutes, who abuse their power.

    Burt Lancaster is such a powerful actor. While I found him quite stiff at first, his charisma is channeled through his eyes in…

  • Dawn of the Dead

    Dawn of the Dead

    ★★★★

    Romero's anti-consumerism is so sexy!

  • The Holdovers

    The Holdovers

    ★★★★½

    Alexander Payne is back baby!

    What a cute, heartwarming, but also dark movie about family, being lonely, and the Vietnam War. Giamatti is Giamattiing so hard here. He’s so good at playing an asshole in a lovable way, and I think this role best features his comedic timing and physical comedy.

    Payne is the king of the dramedy, mixing in jokes to dark scenes and adding weight to comedic ones. His new movies always feel so familiar, and his old…

  • The Golem: How He Came into the World

    The Golem: How He Came into the World

    ★★★½

    I adore German Expressionism.

    This period of early film is so influential on the looks of Tim Burton, Wes Anderson, and really most highly stylized directors that use exaggerated sets to express the feelings and motivations of their characters.

    The Golem has some amazing sequences, and the Marnau restoration makes it look like it could have been shot yesterday. While my heart wasn't quite as in it as Dr. Caligari or Nosferatu, the Jewish folklore tale makes for a fantastic…

  • The Killer

    The Killer

    ★★★½

    This is just a TED talk for serial killers

  • Possession

    Possession

    ★★★★

    yes yes YES!

    The ambiguity, the sexiness, the depravity, the handheld camera, the SAM NEIL!

    I can't say I'm sure what happened, but I can say for sure it deeply affected me.

  • Don't Look Now... We're Being Shot At!

    Don't Look Now... We're Being Shot At!

    ★★★★

    Pink Pantheresque comedy where Louis de Funes is fantastic as a comedic rich asshole. I love the dynamics between the French and the British, and the action set pieces are surprisingly fun for the slapstick comedy I was expecting. It also has a lot of heart with the WWII backdrop. Pretty rewatchable! I wouldn’t mind returning to this one.

  • The Civil War

    The Civil War

    ★★★★

    Well I have to say, this was a lot to get through, but I think it was worth it.

    Between the photos, firsthand accounts, and stories from Shelby Foote, it paints a vivid and very alive portrait of the civil war. Looking at old photos can make the war feel so distant, but the way in which Burns incorporates them with voiceover and his famous zooms makes the war feel very alive.

    All this being said, it feels like an…