• Barbie

    Barbie

    ★★★★½

    Astounding. Silly. Goofy. And that’s kenough to make a good movie for me. Nothing is subtle, even in the delivery of themes or product placement, but they do manage to develop things and keep pieces dynamic. The process of this movie isn’t to slowly reveal anything, it is to reveal something instantly, and with that unabashed openness, develop further. That process allows for the wonderful performances, set design, humor, and writing, to shine in a film that so easily could have become a corporate propagandist piece of faux feminism. Instead it is an incredibly human story about a doll becoming a woman.

  • Cocaine Bear

    Cocaine Bear

    ★★★½

    There’s a bear on cocaine and it’s kind of a family story really, but on cocaine

  • The Tempest

    The Tempest

    ★★★½

    Some Stunning performances. Honsou, Mirren, and Whishaw give layered and outlandish performances that echo the spirit of Shakespeare. On Taymor’s end, the score is out there but fun, the landscape and island is wonderfully built, and Prospera is better as a woman. Otherwise the film lacks a certain unity and can suffer from whiplash from the three stories. The missing fifth act is also disappointing.

  • The Glorias

    The Glorias

    ★★★½

    Interesting concepts, acceptable execution, but overstated its welcome. It also potters out a bit. For embracing non linear aspects, I wish it would have done that a bit more structurally to keep me more engaged as the back half of the movie is much less interesting which sucks because I love juliianne Moore.

  • Frida

    Frida

    ★★★★★

    Stunning. Julie Taymor can do biopics of artists with extreme and unique visions so well. Idk how someone can encapsulate someone else’s art in such a way. I felt so intimately a part of Frida’s life because of the out of the box strategies Taymor uses. Also the performances are stunning and should be studied.

  • Across the Universe

    Across the Universe

    ★★★½

    Wacky af, Beatles would like it. It’s a bit straightforward, but also not, if you know what I mean.

  • The Animatrix

    The Animatrix

    ★★★½

    The interesting stories, direction, and animation of these vignettes fleshing out the animatrix are a piece of media that feels so in tune with the spirit of the original ip. The performances add little to the pieces.

  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    ★★★★

    Things so meta it practically has a rewatch podcast built in to the movie

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★★½

    Sometimes trying to hard to be funny, but the narrative structure is unexpected and interesting. The characters endear themselves to you because they try too hard. So many lines don’t work and somehow that makes these characters more relatable, whether intentional or not. That’s what I enjoy about a Gunn film. You will get something wholly his way and that integrity adds a level of validity to this film making it a worthwhile watch, even with the ridiculous expository dialogue.

  • The Little Mermaid

    The Little Mermaid

    ★★

    Wayyy too long, hilarious at the wrong moments, and devoid of fun when it needs it. Javier Bardem should have been everyone in this film. It was both campy and “artsy” with no intention behind. There was no thematic through line or appropriate attention to scale making everything feel like a checklist to look like the little mermaid rather than a story worth watching.

  • Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

    Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

    ★★★★

    Created a wonderful and compelling world with realized characters. Their simple goals made the themes clear and simple but no less intriguing. Entertaining and emotionally moving through and through. You don’t need life or death stakes to create an engaging piece of narrative.

  • Gremlins

    Gremlins

    ★★★½

    I was high while watching this. I think the movie was also high.