• Lingui: The Sacred Bonds

    Lingui: The Sacred Bonds

    ★★★½

    Lingui is bit of a slow burn, but permeating the whole film is a deep and profound sense of sisterhood that I found really powerful. Achouackh Abakar is excellent and it’s very well shot.

  • Jane by Charlotte

    Jane by Charlotte

    ★★½

    I’m not sure most of the film delivered the deep dive into these two (mainly Jane Birkin) that it sets out two. Aside from some standout scenes, a lot of it feels a little casual and uneventful. And without much direction or progression. It avoids explaining who Birkin/Gainsbourg are as public figures so I think those who are more invested into Birkin’s history will get more out of it. It seemed to mean a lot to Gainsbourg to create this but I couldn’t connect with it as deeply as I’d hoped

  • Everything Went Fine

    Everything Went Fine

    ★★★½

    Everything Went Fine (Tout s'est bien passé) is a tender euthanasia drama that thrives in moments of levity. Ozon leaves it up to Sophie Marceau and André Dussollier to carry the film and they’re spectacular. Makes the case for assisted death as an act of love.

    Full review: youtu.be/vFOKtRpg7tI

  • Annette

    Annette

    Annette is a LOT to take in. What I know for sure is Adam Driver is terrific and it’s unlike anything I’ve seen. It is long and easy to lose your sense of place in. Some things about the end were clicking for me. I honestly couldn’t tell what to make of it a lot of the time. It might be great, it might be messy. I’d need another viewing to be able to say for sure. I definitively liked it though, if for nothing else than the spectacle of it all.

    Full thoughts: youtu.be/FBjvZtcRTa4

  • Bullets Over Broadway

    Bullets Over Broadway

    ★★★★½

    It was a blast to watch all these great performers just nail every little comedic beat and watch it all unfold in long takes. I’d probably say I’m someone who is a little behind the hype train when it comes to Manhattan/Annie Hall so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this.

  • Synchronic

    Synchronic

    I loved exploring the sci-fi premise and seeing where the story went. And I appreciated that it tried to have some deeper character moments, even if they didn't always seem to share a cohesive thematic center. Looked and sounded great, had some bold directing choices that I appreciated, and Anthony Mackie was very good. The ending was nice but it ultimately made the film feel a little familiar where otherwise it was pretty original.

  • Quo vadis, Aida?

    Quo vadis, Aida?

    ★★★★

    Gosh this one is a little emotionally exhausting and bleak for my taste. But it’s tense, well directed, and has a great lead performance. Paints a portrait of this event where everyone involved is obeying commands from some higher-up, and the tragedy becomes the lack of conscience and personal moral obligation.

  • Two Distant Strangers

    Two Distant Strangers

    Oof, very cringe. Extremely over-the-top with its messaging. Mediocre acting and writing throughout. The reveal at the end is dumb. The message it's going for is fine but it's not thoughtful enough to justify me watching this guy die over and over. Doesn't really sit well with me.

  • Framing Britney Spears

    Framing Britney Spears

    ★★★★

    Pretty sure if it was 2021 and Britney Spears shaved her head or smashed a paparazzi’s car with an umbrella we’d scream hell yes queen 👑 so in that way I’m glad society has advanced.

    This was a really insightful and sobering look at the way the media treated pop stars in the 2000s. Not even that long ago but it feels like a period piece. Kind of a must watch.

  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    ★★½

    It has a lot of “whoa” and “what a badass ha” but why would you expect me to be invested in a movie where the lead character is both unlikable and also not an interesting person?

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★★½

    Judas and the Black Messiah is a powerful, politically daring saga with incredible performances. Daniel Kaluuya is easily Oscar worthy here.

  • We're All Going to the World's Fair

    We're All Going to the World's Fair

    ★★★★

    Good stuff. Loved the experimental style and form of this one. Never knew what was coming next. Haunting.