• The Beyond

    The Beyond

    ★★★★½

    extremely demented and stupid movie i love it

  • Drag Me to Hell

    Drag Me to Hell

    ★★★½

    some pretty indefensible cultural insensitivity here, along with some iffy acting, but i’m a sucker for raimi’s style.

  • Dazed and Confused

    Dazed and Confused

    ★★★★½

    not gonna pretend i don’t kind of adore this, for all its flaws. pure, unabated nostalgia for a time and place that i never experienced, but feels so relatable nonetheless.

  • The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

    The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

    this is some real bullshit plot-wise but there are quite a few genuinely funny moments

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★

    hahahahaah what a beautifully stupid mess this movie is. raimi’s style is so clearly at odds with the whole Marvel Thing and the writing is so tonally jumbled but i really had a lot of fun. The most fun i’ve had with one of these in a while, and in large part because it’s not at all concerned with taking itself seriously.


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  • Wings of Desire

    Wings of Desire

    ★★★★★

    Oh man, loved this. A new favorite of mine, I think.

    I love the idea that Peter Falk is an angel from heaven. Even more though, I love the idea that any one of us could be angels, or that angels could be speaking to us when we least expect it.

  • It Follows

    It Follows

    ★★★★

    excellent low/mid-budget horror filmmaking. carpenter-esque and resourceful.

    this movie isn’t afraid to point out the presence of the camera, which often works, but often is a little jarring. the script is a little flimsy at times, but man is some excellent suspense built with the framing and pacing alone. 

    i have greater appreciation for this than i did when it came out, now that i can appreciate where it’s drawing from a little more. It’s not perfect, and i’m still kind of confused by all the urine, but i love to be stressed out in a movie.

  • The 39 Steps

    The 39 Steps

    ★★★★

    wonderful escapism. that chase sequence in scotland is one of my favorite things i’ve seen in a while.

  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    ★★½

    god this movie is so goofy i love it. absolutely incredible word building and visuals with the script and acting of a ‘60s star trek episode (one of the bad ones).

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★½

    Exhaustive and brutal and clearly meticulously planned, but leaves me wanting more. 

    Eggers’ visual proclivities are all there; sweeping, Kurosawa-esque vistas, high-contrast symmetry, and glowing earth tones. Some moments are beautifully epic (in the most classical sense of the word; the image of the valkyrie carrying Amleth to Valhalla comes to mind) and everyone involved on the back end of production is clearly on their A-game. Skarsgård is fully committed to the physicality of the role, and Taylor-Joy, Kidman, and…

  • Resident Evil: Extinction

    Resident Evil: Extinction

    ★½

    these just keep getting worse lol. no understanding of its own emotional stakes or the unlimited potential of beautiful schlocky fun that it leaves completely untapped. never thought i’d miss paul w.s. anderson but i’m a lot more eager to see his more earnestly juvenile approach to the genre than whatever this is.

    that said, I still had fun with this. at the very least it’s fun to have a beer and talk through this with friends. which can’t be said for everything!

  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★★

    Poetic cinema, etc. 

    Endlessly malleable, dense, and, like all of Tarkovsky’s work, internally philosophical. The human consciousness is ugly and feeble; we seek to destroy what we cannot understand, we crave excess and fleeting pleasures. We cannot begin to comprehend the weight of existence and our creation, so where to we turn?

    This is probably Tarkovsky’s most beautifully shot and scored film (excluding Nostalghia and The Sacrifice, which I have not seen, but will soon). The natural world flourishes, but…