• Ocean's Twelve

    Ocean's Twelve

    ★★★★

    Most unrealistic part of this splendidly absurd movie is the implication that enough people have seen Miller’s Crossing to make it an efficient conversational reference point

  • Three Colors: Red

    Three Colors: Red

    ★★★★½

    Monstrously baller move being the first filmmaker (ever?) to dabble in late-career digitalism but waiting until the literal last shot of your filmography. Comparatively irrelevant detail as it’s like the tenth most profound thing in here, but there’s something about the focus this film has on images, breaking of windows, and layers of truth and meaning that make that final frame so self-reflexively potent. A lifework ended well.

  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★★★★

    Done pretending this isn’t a 5 star movie*

    *florence pugh-starring movie

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★

    Goes too hard in the paint to be consistent but when it’s cooking it’s cooking

  • Three Colors: White

    Three Colors: White

    ★★★½

    Discards the fervent religious trappings of Blue for something more akin to a secular fable, retaining any spiritual quality almost solely by negative comparison. It’s all made even more hollow by the oblique references back to the previous film, a reminder that real suffering and transcendence is hovering and working itself out around these characters even as they scheme and stumble around like amorous dipshits. It technically works, and I appreciate that Kieślowski’s cosmology is large enough to accommodate a realistic spectrum of sacred and mundane, but in the grand scheme of things functionality is but a smaller virtue.

  • Meet the Parents

    Meet the Parents

    ★★★½

    Unexpectedly profound as a wrenching drama about a man and his lost luggage, which I am uniquely qualified to discern as my baggage was also lost by American Airlines and after a week has yet to be found

  • When Harry Met Sally...

    When Harry Met Sally...

    ★★★★½

    Based pro-marriage movie

  • Radiohead: In Rainbows – From the Basement

    Radiohead: In Rainbows – From the Basement

    ★★★★½

    Myxomatosis still the most evil sounding song to ever enter my ears, just delightful

  • The Neon Bible

    The Neon Bible

    ★★★★

    Places and people morphing from objects into subjects, retroactively understood and loved. The first time a Davies film has ‘worked’ for me.

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    ★★★★½

    Very moved by the moment E.T. wipes away Elliott’s tears but doesn’t try to heal them, a moment bursting with familiar Spielbergian empathy yet tempered by an understanding for the ways we must necessarily be shaped by pain and loss, lonely sons in a fatherless world. 

    It’s been a long time I’ve seen something so uninfatuated with itself; in other words, something so destined for irrelevance. 20 more years and its sincerity will be indecipherable.

  • Days of Thunder

    Days of Thunder

    ★★★½

    Diesel-and-denim cinema. Sturdy yet beautiful and I’m hardly immune to it

  • Broadcast News

    Broadcast News

    ★★★★

    Would be better if the love triangle was comprised of Holly Hunter, myself, and Caleb Villa