• Nightbooks

    Nightbooks

    ★★

    If I had a nickel for every time I found the concept of a David Yarovesky film to be really interesting and exciting only to be let down by the actual film, I’d have two nickels…

    Which isn’t a lot but it’s devastating that it happened twice. 

    2021 Ranked

  • Malcolm & Marie

    Malcolm & Marie

    ★★

    I’ve never wanted two characters to leave their house more in my entire life! Those two needed to pause, distance themselves for a bit, and come back together once they were settled because good god

    It’s been a while since a film has left me feeling so exhausted. It’s not the satisfying exhaustion that comes from watching something extremely emotionally cathartic, as I’m sure Sam Levinson hoped, though. It’s an exhaustion that grates, that feels a bit like nails on…

  • Paint Drying

    Paint Drying

    super duper NOT the usual thing i’d include in a Paint Drying post BUT: 

    I watched all 9 episodes of Arcane yesterday and it is, perhaps, one of the greatest things I’ve watched all year. 

    After I finished watching the series last night, I promptly restarted episode one. So all I’ll be doing today and hell, maybe even for the next couple days, is rewatch Arcane because I don’t think I’ll ever find something that compares in terms of its…

  • Austenland

    Austenland

    ★★★

    Over-the-top and Jerusha Hess usually go hand in hand, and with great success! But for Austenland, the heavy reliance on comedy may just be its ultimate downfall. 

    There’s a strong endearing quality running through the core of the story that makes the lead almost instantly likable. I love women who are nerdy about things!! I do wish Jane’s passion for Austen literature was better respected though. Instead, it’s used to make her into more of a joke, which feels especially…

  • A Town Called Panic

    A Town Called Panic

    ★★★½

    With a watch like A Town Called Panic, one can either sink into the utter chaos and visual spectacle of its animation or stall under the lack of character expression and cohesive storytelling. 

    While there is definitely a lot to be noticed in regards to the latter, particularly the lack of emotion from the characters, it’s nearly impossible to not acknowledge and marvel over the sheer impressiveness of the film’s animation style. Simultaneously reminiscent of teenhood film projects with friends…

  • The Tax Collector

    The Tax Collector

    Sometimes you just gotta find the movie in your watchlist with the lowest on average rating and give it a try! 

    There was truly nothing in The Tax Collector’s runtime that I found enticing. The performances, soundtrack, plot line all fell flat almost immediately and never recovered. I am so insanely not the target audience for a watch like this though so I can’t be that upset.

  • Bridesmaids

    Bridesmaids

    ★★★★

    “I gotta know where you keep the gun, man. I mean, is it ankle, hip, lower back? You don’t… between the cheeks, do you?” 
    “No, I don’t stick a gun up my butt. I mean, that’s stupid.” 
    “I didn’t say ‘up’… I just knew of a guy that did a lot of undercover work… And all I know is he had tape marks all up and down his cheeks.” 
    “That can’t be true. People don’t keep guns up their asses…

  • She-Devil

    She-Devil

    ★★½

    What an odd watch!

    There’s promise in She-Devil. A strong aura of “Good for Her” energy permeates throughout the runtime, which is a great point of enjoyment for me personally. However, in a lot of ways the film feels flimsy. 

    The true insight into Ruth’s character is quite frankly, just not there. She is action rather than thought or emotion or true scope. Despite being the main character and narrator, she feels as though her entire existence is to move…

  • Beach Rats

    Beach Rats

    ★★★★½

    Just speak from your heart.” 

    Eliza Hittman’s work is so confronting because it is both deeply devastating and overwhelmingly comforting. Devastating in its blunt portrayals of difficult experiences in one’s youth. Comforting for the exact same reasons. The stories that Hittman shows are ones that so many know by heart. A blur of feelings that take almost as long as the runtimes to disentangle and process within yourself.

    Beach Rats
    , like her other films, orbits a main character who speaks…

  • Chicken Run

    Chicken Run

    ★★★★★

    “Mrs. Tweedy! The chickens are revolting!” 
    Finally, something we agree on.” 

    At long last I have placed the exact origins of where my deep rooted desire to reside on a lesbian commune come from! 

    Every year, I’d spend at least half of the summer at my grandparents and every summer I’d arrive with one activity on my to do list: Rewatch the Chicken Run VHS they owned as many times as possible. I always succeeded at this goal. I think…

  • Stick It

    Stick It

    ★★★★★

    Mommies and me, dude. Mommies and me!” 

    More like gymnasts and me because Stick It was without a doubt my childhood queer awakening before I even knew what a queer awakening was. But also mommies and me because who doesn’t love a hot mom? 

    A delightful surprise upon visiting Stick It after over a decade of not seeing it is that the jokes are so much funnier now that I’m finally old enough to understand all of them fully. A…

  • House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    ★★★½

    As the credits began to roll, it was difficult not to wonder what exactly I just wound up spending more than 2.5 hours of my life watching. 

    At its best when its reveling in the utter soap opera dramatics, at its more staggering in its frequent insistence of including filler moments that just can’t seem to be justifiable. Perhaps the most frustrating thing is that for a movie all about the eventual criminal behavior of Patritzia Reggiani, the jump from…