• The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    ★★★½

    Groups who might enjoy this: film students, filmmakers, film lovers; those who want Into the Spider-Verse levels of animation injected into their veins; fans of animated films with hard-hitting family themes; older sisters, younger brothers, moms and/or dads; fans of robot apocalypses; lovers of silly dogs, chubby dogs, silly chubby dogs; tech-heads, dinosaur enthusiasts; and anyone looking for a whirlwind of color, quirk, and heartfelt, frenetic adventure

    Groups who might not enjoy this: Furbies, supporters of the pro-evil robot movement

  • The Personal History of David Copperfield

    The Personal History of David Copperfield

    ★★★½

    This was a whole lot of wholesome, whimsy, and warmth; like a pot of homemade stew hanging over a fire, in the black of night on a frigid December evening. The aroma of roasted potatoes, glazed carrots, and a hint of red wine welcomes you with a comforting embrace.

    Quaint, charming little film overall. I've been waiting more than a decade for Dev Patel to take over Hollywood. Let's get to it, shall we?

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    Happy Star Wars day! May the 4th be with you!

    My personal rankings:

    1. The Empire Strikes Back
    2. A New Hope
    3. Solo
    4. The Force Awakens
    5. Rogue One

    6. Revenge of the Sith
    7. The Phantom Menace
    8. The Last Jedi
    9. Attack of the Clones
    10. Return of the Jedi
    11. The Rise of Skywalker

    ···

    Some notes:

    · the first Star Wars film I saw in theatres was Episode III

    · I only watched the…

  • Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★★★

    She's Canadian, she's only 25, and her directorial debut was first runner-up for Best Screenplay among TIFF 2020's lineup—Emma Seligman, remember her name.

    I'll never stop gushing over this film; it's so smartly written, equal parts tense, raunchy, and cringeworthy. The claustrophobic camerawork leads the dance, topped with a musical score straight from Jordan Peele's realm of horror.

    Love, love, love!

  • D.E.B.S.

    D.E.B.S.

    ★★★½

    This film marked the first time I had ever seen two girls kiss. It was an exhilarating sight. Very soon after, my mother furiously ejected the disc and we never got to finish the film. For the longest time, I believed girls kissing girls was wrong.

    God, how wrong was my mother?

    Also for the longest time: I assumed maybe the film was only subtly gay, which might have caught my mother off guard. Upon visiting D.E.B.S. over a decade later, I've confirmed my mother has no gaydar whatsoever.

    This was gay from the get-go.

  • Monday

    Monday

    ★★★½

    Have we not ever loved spontaneously?

    Lusted gratuitously? Lived with reckless abandon?

    If your soul has had even an inkling of aching for such things, you're invited to live vicariously through the brash and carnal coupling of Mickey and Chloe.

    But even if their wild exploits and heated arguments don't strike a chord, a few things might: the beautifully simple Greek backdrop, the frolicking on the beach under the pale moonlight, the loud music and crowded dancefloors accompanied by singing…

  • Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★★★

    A back-and-forth fencing match of cackling loudly and screaming internally, just bursting at the seams with tension and chaotic energy. Brilliant writing; brilliant performances; sharp, sizzling, and purely exceptional all around.

  • Star Trek

    Star Trek

    ★★★★

    We deserved five more of these films, with varying directors applying their distinctive styles, and a finale split into two parts.

    Hell, we had a Starfleet crew of Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, and our angel Anton discovering planets and traversing the galaxy... can you name a more iconic ensemble? Their chemistry as a whole was unparalleled.

    I'll never not lose sleep over what could have been.

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★★★★

    It’s 14-minutes past the time on your ticket stub.

    But that’s fine: you and your friend reserved seats a few nights ago to the now sold out screening of the Titan-weight fight of the century.

    You still have about a minute before the last car commercial ends, and another half-minute till the lights turn off completely for the trailers.

    (This isn’t your first rodeo.)

    Your ticket is awkwardly wedged in between your fingers that are wrapped around a large bag…

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★★★★

    The most surprising part?

    Not at all that Brian Tyree Henry steals the show (among the humans, at least); not that we get massive, crystal clear, electrifying action sequences; not that Godzilla and Kong actually duke it out, more than once, and deal quite a beating to each other.

    It's that Adam Wingard, with a couple hundred-million dollars, turns the sci-fi dial up to 10, breaks it, and keeps turning the dial like there's no tomorrow.

    Wingard leans into the…

  • Jennifer's Body

    Jennifer's Body

    ★★★★

    Most iconic kiss in film history?

    Most iconic kiss in film history.

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★★★

    The hashtags, the memes, the faraway dreams—this was a train wreck I was anticipating.

    Lo and behold, a sprawling epic is what I got.

    The stakes carry genuine weight this time around, setting up a much more thrilling atmosphere; each character gets their time to shine and, most importantly, breathe; the villain, once shallow and forgettable, is now both terrifying and compelling. And damn, that R-rating was utilized well and did absolute wonders.

    I’m not big on superhero films—and was not a fan of the 2017 release—but Zack’s original vision is quite spectacular. They did you so dirty, Ray Fisher!