• CODA

    CODA

    ★★★½

    This was nice and sweet and the final few scenes had some really good and powerful moments, beyond that though I can’t help but feel that this was just… fine? Kotsur was amazing but this is a long way off Best Picture material for me, although I’m glad it won over some of the more generic and forgettable “Oscar bait” type films.

  • Bring It On

    Bring It On

    ★★★★

    This is the funniest movie of all time

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom

    ★★★★½

    Absolute baller move from my man Wes to cast comedy legend Bill Murray in his ensemble comedy movie and just have him play literally the saddest dude I can imagine.

  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    ★★★★

    Rewatched as research for my dissertation (I’m writing it on really cool guys in film who should be emulated)

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    Here’s to the fools who dream

    Infectious, beautiful, heartwarming, heartbreaking. I love La La Land.

  • Ratatouille

    Ratatouille

    ★★★★★

    Anyone can cook

    Yeah look, this might just be the best movie ever. I love my little rat chef. 🐀👨🏻‍🍳

    Maybe one day I’ll try dive into the real beauty of this film and it’s themes but right now all I can do is gush at the wonder of it all. Also Le Festin is a certified banger and has been on repeat since I watched it.

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    ★★

    This is just one of those films that, while I can’t think of much expressly negative to say about it, it simply did absolutely nothing for me. Chastain was good but much like other films of a similar vein it felt like it existed solely to be an awards vehicle and I was left feeling absolutely nothing despite technical competence on all levels.

  • Windfall

    Windfall

    ★★½

    A relatively basic Hitchcockian thriller with not much to elevate it past that beyond Jesse Plemons’ outstanding performance. The man was clearly having the time of his life getting his teeth into a role like this and seeing him have so much fun with the character made the film worth the watch. The ending was enjoyable enough and the cinematography kept the one-location setting engaging, but beyond Plemons’ acting there wasn’t quite enough to engage me fully in the story or characters,

  • Fresh

    Fresh

    ★★★★

    This is one of those wonderful movies where you can just tell that everyone involved was having a lot of fun with this material, and that fun absolutely translates onto the screen. Sebastian Stan was delightful, clearly revelling in this meaty (sorry) role for him, and Daisy Edgar Jones was excellent alongside him. The allegory for the dangers of the dating world for women wasn’t exactly subtle but with the tone the film goes for it didn’t need to be. A super entertaining watch with just enough thematic depth to keep you invested.

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    ★★★★★

    -This is it Joel, it’s going to be gone soon.
    -I know
    -So what do we do?
    -…Enjoy it

    This is just one of those special movies that so perfectly exemplifies of what the medium is capable of for me. A beautiful, touching and incredibly thought-provoking sci-fi concept, which at its heart tells such a small, personal story about how the destination in a relationship isn’t the point, but the journey. You can break up with a person and try…

  • High School Musical

    High School Musical

    ★★★½

    Needed to get my head in the game.

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out

    ★★★★★

    What better movie to watch when you’re feeling sad than one that exists to remind you that even negative emotions have an important place in making you a complete person? Without sadness we can never hope to be whole and it is just as necessary as joy. It doesn’t quite make you feel better, but it reminds you that what you’re going through is important, and I find a lot of comfort in that. Beautiful movie.