• Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    When I choose to see the good side of things, I’m not being naïve. It is strategic and necessary. It’s how I learned to survive through everything.

    Negativity, cynicism, and an unwavering commitment to the idea of the world as a cruel place, of joy and optimism as stupid naiveté - is so easy to do. It's easy to feel more intellectual and realistic by looking down on the view of things being better, to look down on people who…

  • Rabid

    Rabid

    ★★★

    Potato Man loves Ketchup Man.

    Name a more iconic duo than David Cronenberg and weird gross holes on the human body.

    Pretty basic zombie/infection movie. Nice and gross.

  • The Suicide Squad

    The Suicide Squad

    ★★★★½

    The Ability To Play As Bowser Has Made Our Society More Evil

    When did the world go wrong? When did we stop being nice to each other? When and just how did people get so evil? Surely, there are many causes, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a guiltier culprit in our society’s degeneration than Nintendo.

    With 1992’s release of Super Mario Kart—the first game to allow users to select Bowser as a playable character—our collective moral compass shattered. Overnight,…

  • Eastern Promises

    Eastern Promises

    ★★★★

    For poetic reasons, I suggest you take his blood.

    5 stars for Viggo Mortensen fighting butt-ass naked in a bath house.

    An all-around very solid thriller/drama; Viggo Mortensen is too cool for school.

    Imagine my surprise finding out the Tatiana diary voiceovers were done by none other than Tatiana "Sarah" "Alison" "Cosima" "Helena" Maslany.

  • Ponyo

    Ponyo

    ★★★★★

    Ponyo wants ham!

    Ghibli Fest continues.

    One of the sweetest, cutest, coziest movies. How can anyone resist the charm of Ponyo?

    First time seeing the dubbed version.

    Mom's thoughts: "I loved it. It was adorable."

  • Dead Ringers

    Dead Ringers

    ★★★★

    Separation can be a... terrifying thing.

    We're like brothers... only closer.

    A bizarre, sort of psychosexual drama about twin brothers slash gynecologists, struggling to reconcile the realization that they're actually two separate people with their own thoughts, personalities, and desires - after a lifetime of living almost interchangeably, as a singular unit. Yet, the question haunts them: are they actually capable of existing independent of each other? Good dual performances from Jeremy Irons.

  • To the Wonder

    To the Wonder

    ★★★

    You shall love, whether you like it or not.

    I don't think the fragmentary, montage-like approach to storytelling worked anywhere near as well here as it did in The Tree of Life. It's a Terrence Malick joint so naturally it's gorgeous to look at and all very well made, but I constantly felt like the film was keeping me at an emotional distance. You get the broad strokes of their experiences, you get glimpses into emotions they feel at various moments, but I never felt like I really knew any of the characters as human beings.

    ➡️ Terrence Malick Ranked

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★½

    It's not destroying. It's making something new.

    God this movie is cool as fuck.

    Mom's thoughts: "Interesting." She liked it.

  • Firestarter

    Firestarter

    ★★½

    Reckon the remnants when they land at last
    The shattered aftermath of the blast
    Look for me everywhere the burn marks form
    Trying to find a place to keep warm

    I'm gonna burn it all down today
    Down today, okay
    I'm gonna burn it all down today
    And sweep all the ashes away

    ~ Going Invisible 2, The Mountain Goats

    Comme ci, comme ça. Kinda boring.

    I was the only person in the theater.

  • The Dead Zone

    The Dead Zone

    ★★★½

    If you could go back in time to Germany, before Hitler came to power, knowing what you know now, would you kill him?

    The problem with America today is that not enough people [redacted].

    Plot structure is a bit weird, perhaps inevitably so; one of those films of two very discrete halves; but still pretty good.

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★½

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

    Isn't it strange, to create something that hates you?

    A cautionary tale about how women are evil and manipulative and you can't trust them because otherwise they'll stab you in the back and overthrow your rightful place as the Alpha Chad as they try to seduce you with their sinful robussy.

    Why did he describe Ava joking and being self-aware as "non-autistic"?

    Mom's thoughts: "Interesting." She liked it and found it thought-provoking.

  • The Brood

    The Brood

    ★★★

    They're her children. More exactly, they're the children of her rage.

    This ended up being an unintentionally appropriate choice for Mother's Day.

    Bit slow, but a nice gross ending.

    IMDB informed me that Cronenberg wrote this following a rocky divorce of his own, and... it shows. (I have no knowledge of any details of the relationship or divorce or anything; just... ya know... it shows)