• The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    A masterclass of suspense and tension. Who the hell can you trust?

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    ★★★★½

    The further we get away from this film, as the years pass, we seem to be also getting closer to its depiction of world affairs: where outlandish satirical ideas have become rationale thought. It's a film that was ahead of its time.

  • Garden State

    Garden State

    ★★★½

    I had a friend who said this film is either trash or a masterpiece depending on what time of your life you see the film. It captures the feeling of being lost in your early 20s so well that it's almost quite alienating.

  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    ★★★★★

    Captures the enchanted wonder we have when we're a child, where the world can be as weird as it is scary. The film paves its own rules as it progresses, and you can't help but feel like you're a part of the bathhouse; Bathing and gorging on food. It's a surprisingly visceral experience, one with its heart on its sleeves.

  • Lords of Dogtown

    Lords of Dogtown

    ★★★

    There's something quite endearing about this movie, despite it biting off more than it can chew. The punk style of its filmmaking is one that matches its subjects quite well, and Heath Ledger gives a transformative performance that has gone unnoticed. Its characters get lost in its own narrative, but it's fun to go along for the ride.

  • The Wizard of Oz

    The Wizard of Oz

    ★★★★

    Still holds up! As if it were made yesterday.

  • The Fountain

    The Fountain

    ★★★

    Gorgeous visuals, muddling story.

  • The Housemaid

    The Housemaid

    ★★★½

    Parasite before Parasite. A dizzying thriller, not above B-movie antics, that dissects the fragility of class, and how it can not only crumble through a tampering of perception, but also the fear the wealthy have to how crazy the low-class can become when given an opportunity to rise.

  • The Scent of Green Papaya

    The Scent of Green Papaya

    ★★★★

    A sensual loving slice-of-life that follows a young housekeeper, and the wealthy family she works for, as they struggle to hold on to their place in society. The film is committed to having you be a fly on the wall, a passive observer witnessing the small moments of their lives that bring them joy and pain. It's the film Roma wishes it was...

  • War Horse

    War Horse

    ★★

    Even the horse isn't real!

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    ★★★

    A good film tarnished by a bunch of threads that was suppose to set up a trilogy that never became real.

  • Shame

    Shame

    ★★★★½

    Shows the intoxicating and self-destructive nature of an addiction that is often not taken seriously. It's a raw film, not ashamed of diving into depravity to make the audience uncomfortable. It wants us to confront the audition as much as it wants its protagonist to confront it.