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  • Too Old to Die Young

    Too Old to Die Young

    ★★★★★

    Refn is unsurprisingly very deliberate here, with every aspect of this beast of a film retaining the thematic consistency he applies as both a touchstone and a fetish. takes virtually everything people both love and hate about his work—beautiful scenery, sadomasochistic imagery, glacial pacing—and tosses them in a blender, producing a bloody, neon-drenched smoothie that utilizes every single minute of its monstrous runtime to craft a gorgeous, provocative, and spiritual odyssey of souls trapped wandering the limbo between life and…

  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers

    ★★★★★

    "feels as if the world is perfect. like it's never gonna end."

    Korine's masterpiece captures indulgence, disillusionment, and youth's quest for self-actualization like no other film in history, and possibly greater than any before it. takes the cultural fixation of spring break and spiritually recontextualizes it as a metaphysical gateway between heaven and hell, the devils flying down from above, bestowing deliverance from mundanity. lucky souls are provided a way out while others find sanctuary amongst the materialistic excess. what…

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  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    ★★★★

    Anakin was the simp blueprint

    (on a more serious note, this has arguably one of the best endings of the entire saga especially considering it was one of the first blockbusters ever to be shot completely digitally and indisputably changed filmmaking forever. that one shot of the clones near the end carries way more weight than i ever used to give this film credit for)

  • Spider-Man

    Spider-Man

    ★★★★

    it's fairly easy enough to say "they don't make 'em like they used to" and be done with it but i really do feel like Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy were some of the very select few comic book adaptations to feel rooted in their own distinct, grounded style of their time while retaining the original nature of their source material...watching this just doesn't feel the same way watching most recent superhero films does. genuinely took me a while to get used…

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  • Mulan

    Mulan

    ★½

    The director of this (who is a white woman) said back in February in this interview that "Although it's a critically important Chinese story and it's set in Chinese culture and history, there is another culture at play here, which is the culture of Disney".

    that should tell you pretty much all you need to know. Disney, how fucking hard is it to just hire directors of color?

  • The Woman in the Window

    The Woman in the Window

    ★★

    Rear Window but it's James Stewart investigating the murder of Amy Adams' Oscar chances