• Hiroshima Mon Amour

    Hiroshima Mon Amour

    ★★★★★

    “the horror of forgetting”

    the ghosts of tragedy breaking, bonding, reforming, and collapsing. two bodies pushing and pulling each other apart throughout the streets of Hiroshima. wow.

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★

    “don’t regret. remember.”

    cutting.

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★½

    🔥 banger alert 🔥

    despite some digs at elevated horror that are a half decade too old and some questionable dialogue, this was everything i wanted. very fun, decently clever, a little stupid. perfect melting pot for a solid Scream installment. Jenna Ortega MVP. don’t have to praise the returning cast because you already know they’re excellent. exhilarating! i love movies!

  • Belle

    Belle

    ★★★★

    corny as fuck! refreshing to see something so unabashedly embrace genuine emotion and openness. there’s a lot of hand-waving the movie asks you to do in terms of logic but i thought the emotional throughline was very strong and it did an incredible job of displaying just how isolated Suzu feels in the opening moments of the film. there’s a lot of characters and not many of them feel that developed but the way it all came together in the…

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    ★★★★½

    definitely the peak of what these crime procedurals can be, enthralling scene to scene but also riddled with subtle character moments and pathos. always loved this one.

  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★★½

    there’s a wild, wild whisper blowing in the wind calling out my name like a long, lost friend.

    familiar faces and familiar places.

    a raw and moving portrait of America, through the eyes of the wide-eyed and disenfranchised. captures the dilapidated beauty of the South and the Midwest with a quiet power. i *know* these people. i *see* these places. i wasn’t sure i loved this until we reached the end and i felt like i had been rejuvenated. magic of cinema.

  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★

    too long, too ambiguous, too passive. the lack of urgency really frustrated me. performances were incredible but this felt so hollowed out in a way that just turned me off.

  • Mommy

    Mommy

    ★★★★★

    hadn’t seen this in years! 

    i still enjoyed this just as much as i did back when i first saw it, even if i can admit that the music choices (nobody does it like Dolan) and the bold flashiness of it all definitely amplify what is on the surface a very small, intimate story. but it feels huge! ambitious! it’s certainly the type of shit i would have gravitated towards when i first got into film. watching it this time…

  • Nine Days

    Nine Days

    ★★★

    surely has its moments, but was left a bit cold by the whole thing overall. there was one scene involving a bike ride that had me crying though, so 3 stars for that and Zazie Beetz.

  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★★½

    weaves through themes of fate, chance, and connection as it seamlessly draws us into the triptych of tales. this is my second Hamaguchi, and i just love how he always conjures an air of mystery or unpredictability while also carving his way into your heart. the third segment of this is so astonishingly poignant and magical, almost in a way putting a perfect capper on the themes of all three stories. what else is there to say man? this guy is clearly one of the greats.

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★½

    “maybe with good luck, we’ll find what eluded us in the places we once called home.”

    didn’t connect with this as much as i wanted to but this was still lovely and funny with the subtle undercurrents of melancholy you come to expect from an Anderson film.

  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★½

    holy fuck