• Ambulance

    Ambulance

    ★★★★

    You can say what you will about Michael Bay's movies themselves, but I don't think you can really deny that he's someone who knows how to create an action sequence - and Ambulance has some of the very best that he's ever put on film. But I think what makes it especially impressive in the case of Ambulance stems from the fact that it's also his tightest ones if we're to talk the narrative - which is a basic chase…

  • TÁR

    TÁR

    ★★★★★

    Lydia Tár is a particularly complex figure: we know first and foremost that she is a great artist, someone who dedicates themselves so strongly to their work, but also to that end we see that this clear love of what they do has also rendered themselves very lonely and almost deadened by what they do. But of course, the reason Tár is as compelling as it is comes from the fact that most of the film is told through her…

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    ★★★★★

    35mm print

    I don't know what gets me more about Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, the first scene where we hear Laura Palmer's theme or the manifestation of her fears as they take on the forms of both Killer BOB or her father. But what always gets me is the way that David Lynch crafts this film out of love for Laura Palmer herself, and not just the mystery that she had left behind upon Twin Peaks on the…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    Something clicked more this time around after seeing it on a smaller screen, perhaps it's the mannerisms by which the spectacle created by the Daniels are committed to the absurdity in a completely earnest way - never letting the more outwardly silly moments overshadow its emotional core, which got me in the perfect spot this time around. But I think that it's also commendable that a film like this can be made, and become such a huge hit, without ever…

  • Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves

    Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves

    ★★★★½

    An incendiary movie, one that only grows more uneasy the more it goes on - and given the length of the film, it feels like you're only feeling like you're part of a moment as it grows in front of your eyes. But with the era in which Those Who Make Revolution is capturing, there's much to be admired about the fact that it captures the start of a movement without ever giving a clear ending - as if it's…

  • Chan Is Missing

    Chan Is Missing

    ★★★★★

    One of these days I think I'll write an essay about the impact this film had left upon myself. But there's a day I'm hoping more people can actively come around and watch something as wonderful as this given as even following its widespread availability thanks to Criterion's new restoration it still feels underseen and underappreciated.

    Though all in all, I'm just incredibly thankful that this movie exists.

  • Eat Drink Man Woman

    Eat Drink Man Woman

    ★★★★★

    35mm print

    I came into this movie thinking that only having eaten dumplings for lunch I'd be at least full enough to not crave some more to eat after seeing all the food on the screen in here. That was absolutely not the case, and it's only a fraction of what makes Eat Drink Man Woman so wonderful. As the last film in Ang Lee's "Father Knows Best" trilogy, this feels like it's also the most fully realized of the…

  • Kung Fu Panda 2

    Kung Fu Panda 2

    ★★★½

    Definitely not nearly as up to par with the first Kung Fu Panda film, but I think as a kids' first foray into wuxia films these films serve their purpose well enough: they're very fun, boast some really cool animation styles, and the voice cast keeps the whole thing so entertaining. But most of all, Kung Fu Panda 2 perfectly delivers if you're hungry for some nice action scenes all throughout - which all the best martial arts movies should…

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    ★★★★★

    As a teenager I've watched this film religiously, for it was one of my entry points into watching films not in the English language. But aside from just simply being one of the most rewatchable movies ever made, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon has a particularly dreamlike quality to it - one that almost feels meditative in the same manner as a King Hu epic (whose influence on Ang Lee is very evident in here). It's a film that feels so…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

    This movie feels like it gets sadder to me with each revisit, in part because of the lens by which Paul Thomas Anderson shows life in 1970's Los Angeles, especially as it's a perspective of the era skewered by a teenager's understanding of the world around him. But for Gary and Alana, two lost souls who are wandering aimlessly through the period, there's also a sense of comfort being established by their own presences in each other's lives, one that…

  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

    The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

    ★★★★★

    4K restoration

    A film all about how those who are a part of the bourgeoisie are entirely out of touch with reality, to the point that they can create paranoid fantasies that only get so elaborate and interrupt what should just as easily be an ordinary luncheon for these people gathering together. But even as these fantasies become so paranoid, it's clear that Luis Buñuel not only thinks that these people are so far removed from the world around them…

  • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

    Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

    ★★★★

    Pretty great for a sequel to a spin-off movie about the best thing that the Shrek movies had to offer. Only feels fitting that a movie that'd come a long way since its origins would only end up looking much better than most of the original Shrek films as well as its preceding Puss in Boots film, but what you're seeing in here in addition to a rather fresh animation style to carry on a legacy piece feels like a…