• A Room with a View

    A Room with a View

    ★★★½

    I’m not a big fan of period pieces (Little Women aside) so this wasn’t really up my alley, but I made an effort to enjoy it as a Helena Bonham Carter & Maggie Smith stan. The cast is obviously great with Daniel Day-Lewis playing an extremely unlikeable snob, like this is probably the first role where I DONT like DDL. If you like British period pieces you’ll definitely enjoy this, but otherwise it’s not a necessary viewing.

    Okay also why are 75% of big-name British actors either in Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, or Love Actually? Bonus points for those who star in multiple.

  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    ★★★½

    Be excellent to each other!

  • How the West Was Won

    How the West Was Won

    ★★★

    Once it said the west had to be won from “nature and primitive man” I knew I’d have a tough time enjoying this.

    Highlights: George Peppard doing a Jimmy Stewart impersonation; Anytime Debbie Reynolds sang; Henry Fonda’s mustache (Leo’s character’s character in Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood inspiration??)

    Worst moments: Anytime John Wayne was on screen; Jimmy Stewart marrying Carroll Baker who is like 30 years younger than him; the racist remarks to Native Americans

    Aside from the big faults…

  • The Kids Are All Right

    The Kids Are All Right

    ★★★★

    Did you have a crush on Josh Hutcherson when you were 12 or are you a liar

  • 8½

    ★★★★½

    I almost lost it at the dancing scene- if you don’t think Tarantino took inspiration from this for the Pulp Fiction scene you’re wrong. It’s amazing how many films have been influenced by 8 1/2. After having finally seen this film, I’m in awe at how many meta-Hollywood narratives and character studies on creatives have pulled from Fellini’s greatest picture.

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★★

    This movie amazes me every time I see it. It's not without its flaws, but it has just about everything I want in a rewatchable, touching, well-made film. It just makes me feel warm inside whenever I watch it.

    Instead of finding something new to say about it, here's the essay I wrote on it for an internship prompt a few years ago(it was for the WA State legislature internship so it's a little focused towards that):

    As I look…

  • In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place

    ★★★★½

    How had I never heard of this film until recently?? Bogart is absolutely amazing in this film- his calm demeanor meeting a violent and confusingly terrifying energy is something I’ve never seen from him. We know him as a man who keeps his cool- he’s suave, doesn’t get overexcited, can be monotonous at times, and we rarely see too much emotion (especially of excitement) in his biggest roles. That’s what’s most terrifying about this character. When he makes Brub and…

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc

    ★★★★★

    Such a hauntingly beautiful film. From the score to the lightning to the closeups of a teary-eyed Falconetti, the sense of dread, solitude, and martyrdom is not lost in the direction of Dreyer.

    It may sound oxymoronic to call an 82 minute film slow, but with the tight, claustrophobic shots that generally convey progression through facial expressions and sporadic text with never-ending questions, accusations, and quick defense, it feels that the story isn’t progressing. I take the slow progression to…

  • The Amityville Horror

    The Amityville Horror

    ★★★½

    If there’s a little kid talking to a ghost I’m gonna be scared, so it did its job. Honestly this was exactly what I expected of it- creepy 70s horror movie that’s not amazing, but still a good watch.

  • Moulin Rouge!

    Moulin Rouge!

    ★★★★

    Who needs to do drugs when you can just watch Moulin Rouge!?

  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    ★★★

    I’m really conflicted about this one. I really wanted to like it because I recently watched Gone Girl and found out how badass Rosamund Pike is. This movie is an entertaining thriller with an antihero female lead so it should be amazing (as Promising Young Woman showcased), but the screenplay just was not there in this one. It was also really hard to not compare Pike’s character to Amy Dunne who is one of the best villains in cinematic history. Rosamund Pike is still completely badass in this movie, but not even her performance could enhance the mediocrity of the screenplay.

  • Up in the Air

    Up in the Air

    ★★★★

    This was a truly nice surprise. I really didn't know much about this film before watching it besides it starred George Clooney, but everything about it exceeded my expectations. Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick are extremely charming with such depth supported by great dialogue, and Clooney essentially is a corporate version of his Danny Ocean character. I was wondering if this was Kendrick's first real film role, but I, like Anna Kendrick, completely forgot she was in Twilight.

    The screenplay…