• Finding Dory

    Finding Dory

    ★★★★½

    Looking for the Ocean: A Pixar Journey is a podcast designed to watch every single piece of media Pixar has ever put out while relating it back to my cohost's and my own personal histories. This week, we watched Finding Dory. We are currently available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Hope you all check it out!

  • Nuts

    Nuts

    a rite of passage

  • Turning Red

    Turning Red

    ★★★★½

    One of Pixar’s funniest movies. The unique perspective feels undeniably universal in one’s relation to family members while growing up, while featuring so many quirks that make this feel un-Pixar in fascinating ways. Great soundtrack and beautiful imagery combine to make a movie that’s joyously messy but so earnest. It might not have been given its due in its time, but it feels monumental in how much of a shift this might bring to the Lamp. If it doesn’t, at least we have this special film.

  • Kitbull

    Kitbull

    ★★★★½

    Hard to realize how intricate the animation really is in the original YouTube setting; a theater makes you realize this is just as gorgeous as other Pixar traditional projects. It’s heart-wrenching and also perfect in how the animals are animated. A very sweet and special short.

  • The China Syndrome

    The China Syndrome

    ★★★½

    The China Syndrome is a tense political thriller that could maybe use a little tightening up between its setpieces. The key sequences here are phenomenal, stomach-churning in how they boil up, but the connective tissue feels poorly paced, which works to the detriment of the film. Fonda and Lemmon are both incredible, and the ending here is really something special. The China Syndrome is a film that was quite relevant for its time and still holds up today. A solid…

  • Piper

    Piper

    ★★★

    Looking for the Ocean: A Pixar Journey is a podcast designed to watch every single piece of media Pixar has ever put out while relating it back to my cohost's and my own personal histories. This week, we watched Piper and took a detour to watch A Love Story. We are currently available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Hope you all check it out!

  • They Cloned Tyrone

    They Cloned Tyrone

    ★★★★

    They Cloned Tyrone feels like it should be much bigger than it is, culturally. This film is everything you want out of a sci-fi thriller, with intriguing and complicated ideas, a charismatic cast at its center, and the arrival of a new creative voice that feels like a special moment. It was buried on Netflix of course, but this movie looks and feels so unique compared to anything else out there, with star-cementing roles for Boyega and Parris and the…

  • Fried Green Tomatoes

    Fried Green Tomatoes

    ★★★★

    Fried Green Tomatoes is a heartfelt tale that satisfies plenty in its main setting. The story in the past is engaging and features two strongly written female characters with a very convincing bond. The ensemble here is great too with Stan standing out among the people there. Not as satisfying is the Kathy Bates-Jessica Tandy story, but that’s held together but the two strong performances there. Fried Green Tomatoes feels like an excellent example of an underrated subgenre of the 90s, and although there are aspects that feel a tad generic, the surprising ending makes up for that. A good watch!

  • The Good Dinosaur

    The Good Dinosaur

    ★★

    Looking for the Ocean: A Pixar Journey is a podcast designed to watch every single piece of media Pixar has ever put out while relating it back to my cohost's and my own personal histories. This week, we watched The Good Dinosaur. We are currently available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Hope you all check it out!

  • Trading Places

    Trading Places

    ★★★

    Trading Places reminds one how fun it is to see an early Eddie Murphy movie. As always, he’s hysterical and completely engaged in the material. Less can be said about Dan Aykroyd who is fine here but lacks the persona to elevate his character beyond a basic rich caricature. The film is decent in its social commentary but take much too long to pair the two together… and when it finally does, they do an uncharacteristically elaborate heist with disguises…

  • Out of Darkness

    Out of Darkness

    ★★★½

    Out of Darkness is a gnarly film, shocking in how visceral it becomes and smart in how simple it keeps itself. It feels like the kind of scrappy directorial debut where you can’t see the monster because the budget requires it to be so. The cinematography is undeniably beautiful and the sound design intelligently intricate. Unfortunately, the ending of the film feels the need to answer everything which makes it so the simplicity becomes a turnoff, but until that point,…

  • The Zone of Interest

    The Zone of Interest

    ★★★★

    The Zone of Interest is a fascinating formal experiment with very haunting elements. As the film slowly unfurls, it becomes intriguing simply due to how it places an archetypical plot against the backdrop of Auschwitz. The sense of unease is palpable, and Glazer's direction combined with some subtle sound design here really holds the film together, even if it never fully cohesively came together for this viewer. That said, the final ten minutes are exquisite and allow this film to…