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  • The Aftermath

    The Aftermath

    ★★★

    as it so often goes with keira knightley period pieces that aren’t atonement or pride & prejudice, you’ll feel the same way about this one as you feel about all the others! just like the aftermath, i’m solidly neutral, but i gotta give it props for combining two of my most cherished tropes into the ULTIMATE: 


    Angsty Dad chops firewood to Cope 
    +
    Woman gazes longingly out window at Sexy Guy doing Sexy Yardwork
    =
    Woman gazes longingly out window at Sexy Dad chopping firewood to Sexy Cope 

  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    ★★★½

    no one warned me that lee pace plays piano and sings If I Didn’t Care with amy adams and i swear to god my heart almost exploded out of my chest, Alien-style??? fun movie but DANGEROUS — really needs to come with a CAUTION: LEE PACE IS 6’5” AND SINGS A LOVE SONG IN AN ENGLISH ACCENT label

  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    i know nothing about marvel so here is a guest review from my frat kid brother home from college for spring break: “captain marvel was dope. brie larson was great. um, i dunno! it was good! i don’t know what to say. brie larson was really good. uh, yeah. i’d give it 3 1/2 stars and a rotten tomatoes score of 82%. [pause as he as zelda demolishes olimar in smash] i personally just really like brie larson. her name…

  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★

    from the very first image of the cassette tapes next to the TV, to the Japanese ghost-like way a doppelgänger stiltingly scurries across the ground, to the clinical and conspiratorial atmosphere reminiscent of Martyrs, it’s clear that jordan peele LOVES horror. and he’s damn good at it. he’s not the next hitchcock or spielberg or whatever, he IS jordan peele. 

    with Us, he’s proved that he can and will bring that extra layer of social/political commentary sorely missing from the…

  • Raw

    Raw

    ★★★★½

    Raw emits the same mood as the cow heart dissection in my 12th grade human anatomy class:

    staring at the wet mound of pale red flesh soak through the brown paper towel, i thought, "this is probably the only time you will ever touch a cow heart in your life,” in blinking neon letters. “you are not good at math and science. you will never pursue this as a career. this is it.”

    my lab partner was an actual, signed…

  • The Lobster

    The Lobster

    ★★★★½

    my god i’m so lonely

  • Edge of the City

    Edge of the City

    ★★★½

    pretty wild how i had to go back to 1957 to see a movie about a blossoming friendship between a Black man and a white man where the latter isn’t, like ... a racist

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★½

    hey it’s been a while since we’ve talked about how hard this movie fucks — was thinking it would be productive to get that dialogue going again!

    i’ll start:
    this movie FUCKS SO HARD that, after merely watching the fallout trailer, i watched all 5 previous mission: impossibles for the first time ever. that 2 minute clip pointed henry cavill’s arm at my head, forcing me to watch 10 1/2 hours of tom cruise running so fast... and every day i thank l ron hubbard it did so.

  • The Haircut
  • Broadcast News

    Broadcast News

    ★★★★

    eternal gratitude to Broadcast News for showing the world that a woman producer telling a man anchor what to do through an earpiece IS, as the latter says, “like great sex.” this power dynamic can and has been done over and over again since and i will NEVER EVER tire of it — newsroom romances just burn hotter, baby!!

  • Shadows

    Shadows

    ★★★½

    breaking in my cassavetes boxset with his directorial debut, SHADOWS, a probe into the complications of interracial relationships in late 50s new york. the erratic jazz score is a definite highlight, brilliantly mirroring the improvisational nature of the dialogue — makes sense that cassavetes and cast came up with the roots for the film in acting workshops, as some scenes do have the exploratory, push-pull dynamic of a drama school exercise. yeah, it’s a bit sloppy overall, but when you’re helping to pioneer the independent film movement, slack can be cut!

  • Shrek Retold

    Shrek Retold

    genuinely BONKERS that our society is advanced enough to produce this radical piece of independent underground experimental cinema. a welcome reminder that there is pure good in the world. (side note: the surprise david liebe hart cover of hallelujah is, dare i say, better than the original?) 

    i’m not usually in the business of being jealous of middle schoolers, but oh how i envy those who’ll get to discover this eventual cult classic on a red bull-fueled sleepover, where they’ll…