• Poor Things

    Poor Things

    ★★★★★

    "this is martha. she is my new friend who has not been fucked in twenty years. is that not astonishment?"

    not sure what it says about me that this was a more relatable coming of age story than most coming of age films to begin with, but it strikes something so honest about the full scope of the human experience in a way yorgos has never gotten to explore before. im super late to this and i want to go…

  • Watchmen

    Watchmen

    ★★★★★

    ultimate cut

    At Midnight, All the Agents...

    one of the most lived in and ahead-of-its-time pop extravaganzas of the 21st century. i have read the original graphic novel more times than i have fingers or toes, and the ultimate cut of Watchmen is the complete visual fulfillment of this story in a way i didn't think was possible. no other story has a more believable alternate history as laid out as the (goat) opening title sequence demonstrates. more than anything…

  • Dawn of the Dead

    Dawn of the Dead

    ★★★★★

    even flesh eating zombies have a yearning to return to human spaces that are predominately driven by capital, even when the ensuing apocalypse renders all free market exploitation completely pointless at the end. really, one of the greatest success stories of independent filmmaking, and how glorious is it to see a location utilized with such creativity and gusto? one of the all time horror jams, and the crown jewel of zombie cinema.

    p.s. i've always been fascinated with how effective…

  • Monster

    Monster

    ★★★★

    kore-eda is a filmmaker who's greatest asset is his understanding of the cruelty, jaggedness and heartache of life while not forgetting to appreciate the beauty that can exist alongside it.

  • Miami Vice

    Miami Vice

    ★★★★★

    unrated directors cut

    miami blues.

    at certain points im convinced the art form peaked here. lets take it to the limit one more time.

  • Song of Avignon

    Song of Avignon

    ★★★★★

    So this is your choice: Salvation by yourself, or salvation together with a few others.

    i am months away from graduating college and a profound existential terror plagues me daily. what if i am not good enough? what if i am not successful at what i want to do with my life? what if everything that ive been working so hard to build for myself comes crashing down under the weight of all that i am too afraid to face?…

  • The Iron Claw

    The Iron Claw

    ★★★★

    it actually would have hurt less if i had just squeezed lemon juice directly into my eyes. most haunting/beautiful use of (don't fear) the reaper ever?

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    ★★★★½

    watching this will have me googling what are the symptoms of a CO2 leak

  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    ★★★★½

    a lot of us have been bad at a job we've had before. mostly when we're young, don't know any better, and they pay less than minimum wage to begin with. we all move on and find better fits to who we are in a given field, and take that job more seriously and handle it with better care. but what is the price one pays when this care does not translate into adulthood? especially when the task is as…

  • The Wailing

    The Wailing

    ★★★★½

    as someone who sits stonefaced through most horror films its a treat when one actually manages to get me to watch scenes through my fingers or behind a pillow for once. immaculately bad vibes, good job everyone.

  • JFK

    JFK

    ★★★★★

    a monumental and frequently riveting cinematic indictment of americas institutionalized attempts at covering up the truth, often occurring as something as benign as a phone call or a meeting at a park. there are 20-30 minute monologues delivered in this that fly by as if they were action scenes, nothing in this film is interested in holding your hand or walking at your pace, you have to keep up with it and man is it a rewarding experience if you…

  • His Motorbike, Her Island

    His Motorbike, Her Island

    ★★★★★

    colors and memories in an eternal dance together, nothing is linear, all is experienced. a film with a bone deep understanding of how different colors seem in life when you're in love. obayashi, one of the best to ever do it.