• Great Freedom

    Great Freedom

    ★★★★½

    One of the best of the year so far, really love the intimate framing and lighting that creates a harsh but sensual atmosphere. Performances all around are great, but Franz Rogowski gives my favorite of the year. I also really love the ways the story weaves the timelines, rather than throwing you into a new timeline there are really clever ways to slowly transition them and allow the character interactions to really clue you into the time.

  • Lightyear

    Lightyear

    ★½

    Theres a really poignant sequence sandwiched in between the absolute dryest, lifeless sci fi spectacle that makes up most of this film. One that hints at a much more emotionally impactful and thematically interesting story. But this stirring moment leaves as quickly as it arrives, only to make way for embarrassingly dense exposition dumps and some of the flattest characterizations to ever come out of a Pixar film. But that moment of emotion makes the rest of the flatness of…

  • Section 1

    Section 1

    ★★★★½

    "They were that good. On this day, it simply did not matter."

    Really wasn't expecting this to make me cry at the end.

  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★★

    tried to write an actual review but the only thing that I can come up with is "borderline experimental Walk Hard" and I loved it. Baz finally made a hit for me

  • The Black Phone

    The Black Phone

    ★★★

    Went into this completely blind but its a pretty solid thriller. The child actors are kind of inconsistent, there's a side character that's straight-up cartoonish and has probably the most inappropriate Pink Floyd needle drop ever, but the main actor is pretty good where it counts and Ethan Hawke is obviously great. The note it ends on kind of undermines some of it for me but this was pretty engaging all the way through.

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    ★★★★★

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

    This really does hit different when you move to a new town to start the work your passionate about and having no idea what to do. Feel like it's very purposeful that the person to get Kiki out of her burnout is a free spirited artist. Love that for every magical, energetic moment there's one of total silence and introspection to accompany it. I love the way the nighttime scenes look with the rich uses of dark blue and lighting.…

  • It's a Summer Film!

    It's a Summer Film!

    ★★★★

    Very biased with this because I love stories about kids trying to make a movie but I absolutely adored this. There's kind of an odd genre twist near the middle that didn't entirely work but it does add this really genuine anxiety about what films might be like a few decades from now. But this really was lovely, and there's such a sincerity in the writing and acting that just made it work wonders. This would also pair really well with Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

  • Vortex

    Vortex

    ★★★★

    Easily my favorite Noe film, it's interesting how this is much a more subdue film for him but it still has his sensibility of a film that seems to overwhelm you with dread. But rather than get that through constant sensory overload and extreme content, he does so here with a surprising amount of empathy and patience. Everyone is great in this but Françoise Lebrun is absolutely heartbreaking and able to convey so much just with her face and very little dialogue. It's a challenging watch but there's a lot of sincerity behind it, even if it feels like an endurance test at times.

  • Mad God

    Mad God

    ★★★½

    Starts off insanely strong but slowly loses steam the more it goes on. Feel like it has a bit of a scene-to-scene editing issue, lots of simple story threads that feel like they go nowhere which wouldn't be an issue if this was just a film you were watching for the vibes which to some extent it is, but I would have actually liked more time for some stories in this. But on a purely technical, visual level there will probably not a film this year that looks as striking as this does.

  • Om Shanti Om

    Om Shanti Om

    ★★★★★

    one of the best things ever

  • Nicky Deuce

    Nicky Deuce

    the greatest contribution to Italian American cinema

  • Emergency

    Emergency

    ★★★½

    Doesn't always hit the mark, especially with an edit that feels this unwieldy, but the performances are so good at being totally natural and threading the needle of being gut-bustingly hilarious and incredibly fucking uncomfortable that it makes it work wonders on that alone.