• House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    ★½

    This should get all the Razzies this year and none of the Oscars, though it sadly might get nominated for a few of the latter. I'm baffled how anybody could sincerely think this is a good film. I understand enjoying parts of it that are made unintentionally funny by certain acting decisions or the odd tone of the movie itself, but I found this to be a boring film with a cookie-cutter approach and poor execution.

    It's two and a…

  • Encanto

    Encanto

    ★★★½

    Giving Mitchells vs. Machines a run for its money! No, I still prefer that film, but Encanto just adds to an already pretty decent year for animation. I didn't have high expectations at all, so this was just a treat on every level.

    I loved how it felt so low-stakes. Every big movie, especially Disney ones, seems to need a villain or the world to be at stake, but here it's just good ol' fashioned family drama, and I loved…

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★★½

    I got a Clifford poster out of it so you could say it was a pretty good theater-going experience. Would've been worth it even if the movie was shit but thankfully it was Edgar Wright so it was a pretty enjoyable time. I'm going to have to watch it again to fully determine its ranking amongst his filmography, but I think it's close to Baby Driver. Every scene is just orchestrated so well, and Wright really reminded me of Hitchcock

  • Eternals

    Eternals

    ★★★

    This mostly serves as confirmation that no matter the pedigree or talent of any director Marvel hires, their film will ultimately be flattened and rolled over by the MCU formula machine. I was genuinely excited for this and thought Chloé Zhao might be able to break the Marvel mold, but I guess the only difference between her and the other indie filmmakers who have come before her is that she's a much better filmmaker and more widely known. If she…

  • Tangerine

    Tangerine

    ★★★★

    This has been on my watchlist for the longest time, and I'm so glad to finally watch it and that it didn't disappoint. Maybe not quite as strong of a film as The Florida Project, but it's also very different in approach. While they both focus on underrepresented populations in America and the main actors had no background in acting, Tangerine has a bit of a harder edge to it, emphasized by Baker's use of iPhones to shoot it. The…

  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★½

    Blown away a second time. Truly a heartfelt Miyazaki come-to-life film where the moments without conflict might honestly shine brighter than those with it. For the most part it keeps a whimsical tone, supported by the transcendent score from Emile Mosseri (who is 3 for 3 in my book). Every frame of the film is full of life and imbued with that special something that makes a film hit you hard that's also so hard to place a finger on.…

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★

    A much better film than Isle of Dogs, French Dispatch is probably in the top half of Wes Anderson's discography, maybe even in the top tier. It's a dense film that can't be entirely understood on the first watch, but that's part of its appeal. It makes you wonder about its themes and deeper meaning, something most of Wes's other films don't do. And it does this under the surface of a seemingly quaint ode to journalism. There is more…

  • The Rescue

    The Rescue

    ★★★½

    Oops, forgot to log this one. Saw it for the Double Exposure film festival which I had to attend for class, I only wish I had more time to watch a bunch of other films from there. I got like 6 tickets (they were all free for us) because they all looked so interesting but this is the only one I got to! Especially disappointed I missed Flee but I'll definitely watch it when it's available to rent (and over…

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    So I've seen this before but I guess I misremembered who the real killer was (I think I sort of half fell asleep at the climax during my first viewing) so this whole time I was certain that the sheriff was the killer and I was very shocked when it turned out it was not him

  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★

    So at this very moment I should be writing a paper about Us that's due tomorrow but instead I'm logging it on letterboxd....

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    This is a hard one to rate. On the one hand, it's definitely a cinematic spectacle. They said to see this movie on the biggest screen possible, and that was definitely the right way to go into it. I saw it in a theater, but honestly I wish I'd seen it in dolby. It's a HUGE movie. It feels epic, and Denis did his best to make every shot feel that way. There is some truly incredible cinematography, set design,…

  • The Gleaners and I

    The Gleaners and I

    ★★★½

    Honestly, I don't remember a ton of this, except that I liked it, and I much prefer this to the other Varda I've seen, Cleo from 5 to 7. My favorite sequences were the two where she interviewed a bunch of different people about the same situation and they all had different perspectives. I think the first was about mussel fishermen or something (mussel men?) and the second was about a grocery store vandalization. Seemingly obvious thing (people have different perspectives, duh) but done in a very entertaining and kind of illuminating way. I look forward to exploring more of Varda's documentary work