• Dick Tracy

    Dick Tracy


    so rare to see a film with such intense commitment, at every level and in every craft, to such a bewildering vision. shoutout to warren beatty for making a movie about how being in love with two women is totally fine

  • Roundhay Garden Scene

    Roundhay Garden Scene

    so glad i got to see this fully restored by the victorville film archive!

  • Scream VI

    Scream VI


    after finding scream 5 pretty much worthless i was pretty confident this one wouldn't be much better. i was very wrong! this is handily the best sequel besides 4. i've said in the past that scream movies are best when they lean into being mysteries more than horror films and while this is a great example of that principle (so many terrific misdirects from the opening scene on and a payoff that made me shriek) it's also really good at…

  • 65



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

    when i saw the trailer for this i immediately thought "oh if i was making this i'd make the ticking clock that The Asteroid is about to hit" and you should have seen my face about 35 minutes in

  • Creed III

    Creed III


    though the last decade or so has been by far the worst era of studio filmmaking in the medium's history, every so often there's a piece of IP franchise work that against all odds ends up being a real movie. most of the time, these blue-moon examples have Creed in the title.

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

    Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

    if you put up the armrest between 2 recliners in dolby theaters and you curl up in the fetal position you can actually nap pretty comfortably

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    All Quiet on the Western Front


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

    appropriately grimy and bloody, i suppose, remarque's horrors of war rendered in a more gruesome fashion than ever before. but i think this adaptation really misses the heart of the book. in cutting the scene when paul visits home and is treated as a heroic figurehead for the homefront propaganda, you lose what the book is really trying to say. it's more than just "war is hell," it's about how these kids were lied to, sold a nationalist myth of…

  • Infinity Pool

    Infinity Pool

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

    wish i liked this more! b. cronenberg is clearly imaginative as a storyteller and i liked the premise here, of a poor island nation which allows rich people to terrorize it as long as they can pay to make clones to be executed in their place. there are some neat satirical or thought-provoking directions to take that idea but i found this film takes the less-interesting turn at every fork. there ends up being surprisingly little to chew on despite…

  • Ballet



    in model, wiseman cheekily mocked the falseness of talking-head-centric documentary film. so in the first half of ballet (which resembles model structurally quite a bit) i was surprised that he leaned so heavily on interviews with people. disappointing. also, i just don't think i find ballet interesting enough for the rehearsal scenes to be very compelling for me. there's some great stuff here though. the scene halfway through of a theater manager absolutely reading someone the riot act over the…

  • Actors



    the premise here, of a cis actor pretending to transition for clout, is obviously pretty fraught but has genuine satirical potential in the right hands. those hands do not belong to betsey brown and peter vack, whose clumsy filmmaking and lazy provocations amount to something that struggles to even rise to the level of offensive. the real problem is that this kind of satire has to be based in some level of reality, and the idea that peter's career prospects…

  • Skinamarink



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

    seeing this in theaters, on a big screen with a rapt crowd, was an early highlight of my 2023. on this viewing the moment-to-moment narrative was a lot clearer to me, and i felt like the size of the screen made it even easier to get lost in all that hypnotic (fake) grain.

    i know the use of digital grain has been somewhat contentious but i think it's used pretty brilliantly here. there are so many moments where the swirling…

  • She Said

    She Said


    there's nothing technically wrong here but it just kind of shouldn't be a movie. the film really struggles with how uninteresting it is to watch reporters do normal, diligent work while meeting little dramatic resistance beyond "i don't want to talk..............okay never mind i will." credit to the film for not trying too hard to spice things up i guess, but there's little being added here to the raw reported material. you might as well just listen to the audiobook…