• Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    I've never seen a movie that expresses my life philosophy and anxiety so accurately. This movie expresses the chaos and loneliness of feeling like the universe has no meaning, but the importance of assigning that meaning yourself.

    In contrast with Interstellar, which felt cheesy when it explained why love was essential to the universe, love is important to this universe because it is important to its characters. Rather than love existing within black holes, our loved ones can create black…

  • Awakenings

    Awakenings

    ★★★★

    Wow, what a dark and fascinating look at the human mind and what makes us alive. It shows that what makes us alive is our sub conscious. It’s so tremendously sad to think about the people out there who are stuck in their own minds.

    De Niro brings life to a near lifeless man. Robin Williams brings heart to a somewhat stiff doctor in one of his least goofy performances. It’s pretty intense throughout and told with true care for all those involved.

  • Batman Returns

    Batman Returns

    ★★★½

    A campy masterpiece, I feel like Tim Burton has been shit on for too long. His Batman movies strike a completely different tone than anything before or after, and they work extremely well. It’s hilarious, and dark. The physical sets create a bizarre almost German expressionist world. Fantastic.

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★½

    This feels like the final form of this era of super-hero movies. Matt Reeves makes a Fincher-esque serial killer mystery with Batman as the detective. It's a unique take on the character, and the dark world of Gotham.

    Reeves doesn't reinvent the wheel tonally, building off of a lot of what Nolan did well, but the plotline feels like something we haven't seen in this kind of big budget film. It's much more about Batman as a symbol than Bruce Wayne. Interesting concept and very well executed!

  • You've Got Mail

    You've Got Mail

    ★★★½

    When you've been chatting with someone over the internet and they HAPPEN to look like Tom Hanks...

    Nora Ephron's writing style is irresistible, so despite the conceptual flaws that bothered me, the writing continually drew me back in. I love how she always has her characters ranting and crying over how much they love other movies, and has them saying insanely profound lines at just the right moment. It doesn't come together as well as shop around the corner, but…

  • Magnificent Obsession

    Magnificent Obsession

    ★★★

    While Sirk’s style is irresistible, the story is not as gripping as I’d like it to be, dragging as characters make nonsensical decisions. That said, Sirk created a world that looks like a vintage postcard come to life, with sweeping scores, and darkness lingering under the surface. I wish he worked with better scripts during his period of technicolor melodramas as Imitation of Life is proof he can handle more morally ambiguous material.

  • Finding Nemo

    Finding Nemo

    ★★★★½

    “Dad, you can let go now”

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    ★★★½

    Given the mixed reviews, I wasn't expecting something this fun.

    Maybe I'm just a sucker for Televangelist content, but it's a fun window into the messed up world of people getting rich off of an overly-trusting poor audience. Chastain and Garfield's performances were fantastic. I don't feel like it had a particularly unique take, other than Tammy Faye's struggles to be either accepted by the Christian community or a mainstream audience.

    All that said, it was lavish, opulent and intriguing. I had a good time!

  • Ghost World

    Ghost World

    ★★★★

    So uncomfortable, yet there is something so intriguing about this bunch of losers bumming around LA.

    Not at all glamorized and in the era just before cell phones, everyone seems extremely bored. The summer after high school is an interesting time as most people don't have any activities they have to accomplish and are therefore left to their own devices. Buschemi acts as their window into the adult world, and is the most real character in the film. While they…

  • Gravity

    Gravity

    ★★★★★

    Damn this movie is wild.

    What could have been a ridiculous action movie is elevated by Cuaron’s visual style and skill, creating a sense of both claustrophobia and agoraphobia.

     As all space movies are filmed on earth, most have a sense of up and down both as a means to orient the audience and out of practicalities of filming. Here, we really do feel like the camera is floating, with no orientation. While the story seems improbable on paper, the…

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    ★★★½

    Oh the joys of watching Spielberg direct.

    Being in the hands of a true master of their craft is incredible, and he really blows me away with his visual style and pacing here. He makes directing look so effortless, and his scenes often come together in a way that makes me think “that’s exactly how I would have done it”.

    The plot just didn’t come together for me, I was intrigued by the ideas he was playing with, but I didn’t feel particularly connected, and was disappointed by the ending after a stellar Act I.

    Glad I got to check a big one off my list!

  • Love & Basketball

    Love & Basketball

    ★★★½

    Despite its more cheesy elements, this movie shines as a heartfelt drama about a couple that was practically destined to be together.

    The whole “she can be a girl AND play basketball” plot feels extremely dated today, though her determination to be a better person and find her independence within her relationship remains powerful.

    And the final scene MY GOD!

    It leans into some very classic melodrama tropes, but with an all black cast and the basketball backdrop, it strikes a different tone than they often do.