• Zodiac

    Zodiac

    ★★★★

    easily my favorite david fincher movie. just very entertaining, well made, well acted across the board, suspenseful, and KEY: doesn’t fall into a lot of the lurid traps that he seems to with his other later work.

  • The Thin Red Line

    The Thin Red Line

    ★★★

    i had to knock off at least a star because i found jim caviezel insufferable. his arc as a whole both bothered and bored me but with a different actor it could possibly have worked. and some of the (what could be characterized as) cameos were goofy. a shame because most of the rest of the movie was absolutely incredible - nolte and koteas are particularly amazing here, and the cinematography is of course impeccable.

  • Thief

    Thief

    ★★★★

    this is one that’s gonna stick with me and i’m already liking more the more i think about it. ESPECIALLY the less you think about the movie as a heist movie, which i kind of went in with, instead as a character study. frank is one of the most incredibly compelling characters i’ve seen, and there’s no other movie i’ve seen that really gets into that archetype’s psychology so perfectly.

    it’s interesting too bc mann actually tries this again, to…

  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades

    Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades

    ★★★★

    watched this along the first two and while it’s still awesome it’s not quite at the same level - much more punctuated in terms of its violence and devotes itself more to an exploration of its world with the different disputes, contracts, ethical quandaries, etc.

    this was really intriguing but it takes til the last 15 or so minutes for things to explode - i would normally think of this as great pacing but the first 2 did well at…

  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx

    Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx

    ★★★★★

    it’s been a minute since i watched shogun assassin so i need to rewatch to be sure, but after sword of vengeance, i got really hit by how much of a difference there is between the sequence of films proper and that dubbed mashed-up piece of art; maybe i should be more ashamed that i wasn’t expecting that.

    that said, this is an amazing movie and kicks things up having taken full advantage of the first film to set the…

  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance

    Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance

    ★★★★★

    glad to have finally marathoned the first 3 lone wolf and cub movies after having loved shogun assassin. sword of vengeance sets things up beautifully - a lot of elegant simplicity in the revenge plot and the characters and full advantage taken of some remarkable rural shooting locations set up alongside the wild violence and dark humor. 

    the sound design is something that i particularly love re: the simplicity. during the swordplay scenes there’s very little sound outside of musical…

  • Go

    Go

    ★★★★

    first time watching in like a decade; better than i remembered, a lot of great young actors doing their thing (olyphant in particular) and some really fun vignettes.

  • Dog Day Afternoon

    Dog Day Afternoon

    ★★★★★

    hard to describe how perfect everything about this one felt. might add some additional thoughts later/upon a repeat viewing.

  • The Player

    The Player

    this is for posterity, no rating and not really a review - i tried watching this but it was so damn disinteresting i had to stop halfway through. made all the worse in that you could tell everyone involved thought they were really sticking it to... themselves? idk, murder is the least of the well documented perversity of hollywood.

    nice to see d’onofrio tho

  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★★★

    only movie that’s made me cry upon repeat viewings as an adult

  • Society

    Society

    ★★★★★

    i fucking love this movie

  • Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

    Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

    ★★

    nothing compared to watching this with friends as a middle schooler, i thought it was the cutting edge of satire alongside south park. like probably everyone else in my generation i watched it many times in high school. 


    i still hold it in the same regard as i hold south park; see my rating for what that means.