• Images of the World and the Inscription of War

    Images of the World and the Inscription of War

    ★★★

    "The SS took these pictures but withheld them."
    "The SS took these pictures for the future, to show the world how they had exterminated the Jews."

    A strange mix of some of the most upsetting information I've learned in a while, the some of the most thought-provoking juxtapositions and anecdotes I've heard in a while, and the most glacial pace I've seen in a film in a while.

  • Grizzly Man

    Grizzly Man

    ★★★★½

    A portrait of a man whose attempts at profundity are so fucking absurd that he accidentally makes a profound and deeply sad statement about humanity and himself

  • Breathless

    Breathless

    ★★★½

    Have come to terms with the fact that I simply don’t like this one that much. Looks good, though.

  • Working Girls

    Working Girls

    ★★½

    Extremely dull, even by the standards of early sound films. Clearly comes from that era when they hadn’t quite figured out how to use sound in film, the main takeaway I have from films like this is how adept M- also from 1931- is at using then-brand-new sound technology.

  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future

    ★★★★½

    Crispin Glover was on something insane when they made this

  • The Gleaners and I

    The Gleaners and I

    ★★★★

    There are several different thematic throughlines here, but the one that stuck out the most to me is Varda’s constant rumination on the beauty of the mundane. She sequences shots of massive mountains and lavish buildings with shots of fallow fields and ostensibly nondescript city blocks, zeroing in on the simple pleasure of taking in everything around you, whether it be awe-inspiring or wholly banal.

  • Twin Peaks

    Twin Peaks

    ★★★★★

    US Pilot

    “I can tell from the sounds that it isn’t her”

    Maybe the greatest television episode of all time. If it isn’t this, then it’s another Twin Peaks episode. Feels summative of a medium in the same way as Persona or Singin’ in the Rain.

  • WALL·E

    WALL·E

    ★★★★★

    There are at least three different sequences in this movie that are unmatched by anything else that has ever been put onscreen

  • Hot Fuzz

    Hot Fuzz

    ★★★★★

    two blokes and a fuck-load of cutlery

  • LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye

    LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye

    ★★★★★

    Maybe the most incredible concert document of all time. Stop Making Sense is still far and away the best concert movie ever made, but this captures a moment in time so specific and so perfect that it could only have happened exactly when it did. There are few things more powerful than the ecstatic roar from the audience when he screams "THIS'LL BE THE LAST TIME," and the effect is almost undiminished despite the fact that it actually wasn't.

  • La Haine

    La Haine

    ★★★★★

    Those last few gunshots take me by surprise every time. The sweeping long shot soundtracked by the DJ’s mix is both beautiful and probably the key to the whole movie.

  • Monsters University

    Monsters University

    ★★★

    Affable enough. Crystal and Goodman elevate the material so that it surpasses mediocrity. In the middle of the movie the incredibly loud girl next to me asked her incredibly loud friend “DO YOU WATCH MARKIPLIER? WHAT ABOUT JACKSEPTICEYE?”