• The Many Saints of Newark

    The Many Saints of Newark

    Why? Why does this exist? Why did they make a two-hour, overfilled prequel episode and call it a movie? I mean, I guess The Many Saints of Newark at the very least looks expensive, and Alessandro Nivola’s fresh take on Chrissy’s father saves this movie from pure boredom, but mostly every other character and performance comes off as a horridly distracting impression of their counterparts from The Sopranos. What’s even worse than that though is the god-awful, meandering, and uninteresting…

  • One Way or Another

    One Way or Another

    In an alternate dimension, Sara Gómez would go on to make a catalog of groundbreaking cinematic feature-lengths than just one. Known for working PA for acclaimed auteurs such as Agnès Varda, her last piece One Way or Another attempts the quasi-documentary style prematurely in ‘77. While the film itself can occasionally drag, feeling like just some winged experimental test at conveying a few beliefs by tying a plain-sailing fiction on the egoisms in machismo with some more engaging nonfictions that…

  • Daisies

    Daisies

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

    Reference Notes - Daisies

    “‘We are really, truthfully happy.’ ‘But it doesn’t matter.’”

    • Hey, but who wouldn’t take advantage of their glucose guardian? I mean, we’re only human, your Honor; can you really blame them for wanting to taste the devious licks of mukbang supremacy???

    • Chytilová said this on behalf of what she and her crew were attempting to do with the making of this movie: “We would like to unveil the futility of life in the erroneous…

  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    Cléo from 5 to 7

    ★★★★½

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

    Reference Notes - Cléo From 5 to 7

    “My illness! Have you forgotten already? Everyone forgets but me.”

    • The halfway point — one of the greatest transitions in the history of cinema — marks Cléo’s passage from thespian to roamer.

    • To defy both curiosity and confrontation is to be fitted into the socially preferred disguise, i.e. the role of thespian.

    • The role of a roamer is both flawed in fulfilling complete, innate human desires just like the…

  • Fargo

    Fargo

    ★★★★½

    yahhh. making sinister things appear nonchalant: gotta be one of my favorite genres. yahhh. fourth times still the charm too, huh? yahhh.

  • War and Peace, Part IV: Pierre Bezukhov

    War and Peace, Part IV: Pierre Bezukhov

    Screened at The Frida Cinema

    Rarely is the aftermath of battle not just as or even crueler than the battle itself. Part four thrashes us into a stage where circumstances have become so atrocious that pillaging, destroying the enemies’ homes, and imprisoned survival is somehow able to come off as mercy from the victors. The first half of this is as brutal and jaw-dropping as its predecessor, but it sort of loses momentum in the second half. It’s nice to…

  • War and Peace, Part III: The Year 1812

    War and Peace, Part III: The Year 1812

    Screened at The Frida Cinema

    Part three features about an hour of nonstop war porn. To this day, I genuinely can’t comprehend how filmmakers are able to pull-off epics, let alone, ones made on THIS vast of a scale. From the quick pans, long takes, euphoric sky sweeps, and some of the largest landscape shots of all-time, it’s nothing short of a miracle that we’re capable of making movies that look like this, let alone, historical ones. Arguably the most…

  • War and Peace, Part II: Natasha Rostova

    War and Peace, Part II: Natasha Rostova

    Screened at The Frida Cinema

    Part two somehow manages to come off as both a welcoming yet equally tortuous interlude. The film’s intentionally extensive filling in of time with innate cheers towards mindless cultural activities and idealistic + optimistic philosophy puts you right in the existential position of a woman waiting for an expected lover to be with her, in which a year then feels as if it were an eternity; it’s evocative of the moral confliction and lovelessness of…

  • War and Peace, Part I: Andrei Bolkonsky

    War and Peace, Part I: Andrei Bolkonsky

    Screened at The Frida Cinema

    Part one is a complete atmosphere setup. Any deep character development or narrative is superseded by rather deep immersion and thought-wandering into the luxurious lifestyle of rulers and their sporadic transformations into war mindsets, where focused conversations take place amongst thick shots full of speaking extras, complimented too by an ambitious range of grounded or surreal compositional styles. The sweeping camerawork, bodacious editing, and use of transitional graphics in this feels long and ahead of…

  • Come and See

    Come and See

    ★★★★★

    Screened at The Frida Cinema

    I think it’s absolutely splendid that online film communities and sites have essentially caused Come and See to become quite the popular movie in just the span of a few years. What was once a somewhat obscure movie in America has now made it into the IMDb Top 100 and the Letterboxd Top 3, while also managing to get a 4k restoration approved for both theatrical and digital release.

    I’m pretty confident that this movie…

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

    🌻 Screened at Harkins • 3rd Viewing 🌻

    Neville Longbottom’s kill count in this is psychotic, but hey, he is the true hero of this story. 

    To me, this is… kind of… the Avengers: Endgame of the Harry Potter franchise. It is exceedingly safe, howbeit conventionally satisfying in that clean space of a happy ending conclusion, but a bit obstructed by it being the last one of an 8-part franchise, convincing itself that it needs to hit so many checkmarks…

  • American Psycho II: All American Girl

    American Psycho II: All American Girl

    what stopping at Hot Topic and picking up Scream 2 from Blockbuster for the first time does to a mofo. I mean, fuck me though, even the “roasting” part of this sequel to the iconic cult classic was underwhelming asf. This movie literally managed to nail nothing, so yeah, it really lives up to being one of the worst features ever made as far as I’m concerned. it doesn’t even work as a mildly decent commentary on pseudo-goth culture either…