• The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★★

    wanted to pump my fist in the air for the entire runtime. just so satisfying watching a masterful filmmaker adapting the greatest play ever written, with the added bonus of having one of the best actors to ever live in the lead role. just thrilling cinema. Coen’s staging and framing is the most theatrical of any of the classic Macbeth adaptations for the majority of the runtime, but his implementation of the otherworldly production design and masterful compositions makes it…

  • Little Italy

    Little Italy

    ★★★

    pretty solid movie about a usurper trying to ruin the integrity of a good slice of pizza and a woman’s career. Hayden Christensen as the Italian-Canadian Tom Ripley, causing havoc whenever he goes, football at his feet and sinister recipes for new pizza ideas in his head. it gains points for being genuinely bizarre, going beyond being just a relic of a more dated time, and instead mutating into an unholy object that would have felt idiosyncratic and bizarrely stereotypical…

  • Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two

    Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two

    ★★

    I didn’t mind the first part in spite of its numerous flaws but it is ridiculous that they took the flawless ending of the comic, one of the greatest and most horrifying reveals I’ve ever experienced in any medium, and ruined it with overexplaining and ridiculously stupid tweaks, before setting up a terrible looking crossover. it’s crazy how the DC animated crew have neutered the adaptations of Hush, The Killing Joke and The Long Halloween with unnecessary changes that don’t…

  • A Man Named Scott

    A Man Named Scott

    ★★★★

    truly unfortunate that this was filmed and pieced together at a time when the Shia LaBeouf allegations from FKA twigs hadn’t broken, because a lot of this documentary is structurally built on Cudi and LaBeouf’s friendship. difficult to see him at this point! but this is a dream for Cudi fans asides from that, something that gives insight into his creative process, struggles and shows just how much better he’s doing now in extraordinary detail. so glad that the most important musician of my life is okay.

  • Zeros and Ones

    Zeros and Ones

    ★★★★★

    I’ve never seen a film like this before and I’m not convinced I ever will again.

  • Cry Macho

    Cry Macho

    ★★★★★

    genuinely think I could watch this every two months for the rest of my life.

  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

    I wrote about my favourite film of 2021, Drive My Car, and the death of my partner. I think Drive My Car acutely understands grief in all its confounding, heartbreaking facets in a way I’ve never quite seen in another film, and most importantly, it’s helped me be able to talk about my experiences properly. I went long on this and if you’ve seen the film, I’d really appreciate if you could read it. thank you.

    www.cinematary.com/writing/2022/1/3/drive-my-car-2021-by-ryusuke-hamaguchi

  • The Matrix Reloaded

    The Matrix Reloaded

    ★★★★★

    The Architect scene is legitimately one of the best sequences of the 2000s and I get mad at the idiots who perpetuated the idea that it “didn’t make sense” whenever I rewatch it. just a truly phenomenal film in every way. so romantic! makes me cry!

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★★

    Totoro is a bear.

  • Ashes of Time

    Ashes of Time

    ★★★★

    no idea what happened but some of the most beautiful images I can remember seeing.

  • We're All Going to the World's Fair

    We're All Going to the World's Fair

    ★★★★

    the most fucked up I’ve been by a movie in a long time. think all the stuff showing the face of the older man should have been cut, considering the strength of the film is primarily through amplifying her own isolation and physical loneliness, undermines the filmmaking and narrative focus by cutting to another place and person entirely. feels like a debut feature mistake, particularly with the conclusion. it made me feel absolutely horrible and I never want to see…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

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

    I do not find this romantic, I find it to be a very sad dynamic between two people who’ve never felt the kind of love they want, who are desperate to feel wanted and powerful and validated, who will cling onto each other even as their jealousies and age difference leave irrevocable marks on their relationship. it’s a movie that captures exactly what it feels like to be a young teenager who wants to be an adult, giving all of…