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  • Crooklyn

    ★★★★★

  • Cherry Falls

  • The Wandering Earth II

  • Infinity Pool

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  • Personal Shopper

    Personal Shopper

    ★★★★★

    Realized I never logged my favorite film of all time. Here’s what I wrote about it 2017:

    The questions asked of us by Olivier Assayas in his second collaboration with Kristen Stewart swirl around the film like one of its spirits, haunting you and pulling at you. And like a spirit, the answers are often times easy to miss and if you do find them, they're inevitably hard to grapple with. Assayas weaves a brilliantly intricate tale of love, loss,…

  • By the Sea

    By the Sea

    ★★★★½

    Adored this. My favorite kind of messily indulgent and vulnerable filmmaking. It’s so audaciously open, wrestling with the dissolution of a marriage while embracing and dissecting every shitty conjecture made about her by the press. No wonder it was panned.

    “I noticed the hole.”

    The hole in the wall acting as portal to the marriage’s past joys, failed hopes & everything in between is brilliant. Jolie turns our voyeurism of her & her marriage into a cathartic bit of foreplay, slowly bringing…

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  • Crooklyn

    Crooklyn

    ★★★★★

    I’m so into how playful and disorienting Lee’s camera is here, fully launching you back into how everything felt bigger and incomprehensible. Squishing the image when Troy goes to live with family in the South is such a wild thing to do and Lee might be the only one you’d forgive for even trying it. Might also have my favorite use of the People Mover in his career. 

    This is just such a beautiful collection of vignettes, all playing like…

  • Cherry Falls

    Cherry Falls

    I think this might be the best post-Scream slasher as the genre moved into the 2000s. Wholly upending the slasher as a concept with some wildly honest talk about how complicity eventually causes every institution to rot. So audacious and fun.

    As usual, Brittany Murphy is incredible. This whole movie operates in a really bizarre time zone where people speak in odd clips and there’s just an unfamiliar haze permeating and I don’t think anyone was better suited for that…

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  • Avatar: The Way of Water

    Avatar: The Way of Water

    ★★★★★

    2022

    Here’s a jumble of thoughts, too blown away to say anything coherent:

    -Sure it looks unlike anything I’ve ever seen but it’s also just so beautiful thematically, almost simply so, that I just kept getting choked up lol. Love this world, love the people in it 

    -Sigourney Weaver is otherworldly in this. Her performance and character is some of the most moving work of hers and Cameron’s career 

    -The middle hour is so quiet and lovely that I could’ve…

  • Thor: Love and Thunder

    Thor: Love and Thunder

    ½

    2022

    I don’t do star ratings anymore but I needed something to reflect how much I hated this. Without exaggeration, genuinely one of the worst movies I’ve seen in well over a decade. 

    Each frame is put together with zero sense of space, blocking or depth. Your eye has nothing to center itself. Each take feels like the first and only. The backgrounds are flat, textureless mush. The entire film feels like the last day of senior year where everyone…