• The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★★★½

    So horny, so devious, so fucked up. Two thumbs up definitely recommend.

    The control of the story and pacing is just incredible. The three parts feed on top of each other, but progressively get more and more messed up, while at the same time revealing more and more about the story and its characters. Maybe this is best described as a three course meal: each of the first two courses leaves you wanting for more, while the third completely overwhelms you and buries you in a torrent of flavors.

  • Raya and the Last Dragon

    Raya and the Last Dragon

    ★★★★

    I want a Tuk Tuk and I want it NOW

    Best Disney princess film since Mulan

  • Tropic Thunder

    Tropic Thunder

    ★★★★★

    Watched with the cast’s commentary

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★½

    Watched with director’s commentary

    Hearing Fincher explain every shot and the stories behind the scenes made this movie even better.

    Gone Girl is a stylistic and fascinating film, telling a deeply disturbing story that has all the hallmarks of Fincherism: cool color palettes, slow camera pans, and eerie and offputting atmosphere. Rosamund Pike’s performance is phenomenal and I think would have easily won the Oscar if Julianne Moore hadn’t been around that year. Ben Affleck sorta plays a version of…

  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    ★★★★

    I Like Rosamund Pike a Lot

  • Ocean's Eleven

    Ocean's Eleven

    ★★★★

    The amount of charisma in this oh my god

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★

    A quiet and somber reflection on grief, loss, and our attachment to the material. It’s movies like this one that inspire me to toss everything out and live out in the Yukon, though the practical side of me always puts a stop to that train of thought before it picks up momentum.

    The use of non-actor actors in movies can be hit-or-miss, but I think this movie (and Sound of Metal) shows that if you approach the story with care and affection, the non-actor actors really help lift up and humanize the film.

    Frances McDormand is a national treasure.

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★★

    Kaluuya is fucking phenomenal as a fiery, yet subdued, Fred Hampton. And Lakeith Stanfield is a revelation. I’d go out and say that Stanfield’s portrayal of William O’Neal deserves more praise than Kaluuya’s performance (which is funny because Jesse Plemons’ character told Stanfield that he should get an Academy Award).

    I feel like the movie does play a little fast and loose with some of the events that lead up to Hampton’s assassination, but does a great job capturing sentiments…

  • Unpregnant

    Unpregnant

    ★★

    I really tried to like this movie. It has a well-intentioned story, two charming and charismatic leads, and has very relatable and timely themes.

    Haley Lu Richardson and Barbie Ferrera are magnetic as a friend duo going on a 1000-mile abortion road trip. The story hammers home the “power of friendship” and encourages its audience to be their true authentic selves, all the while highlighting the backwards and restrictive nature of some of our laws on abortion in the country.…

  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★½

    I’ve been trying to write something down for the past ten minutes but I’m just too emotionally vulnerable and drained right now to do anything extensive. This is such a subtly tender movie that I want to describe as a cathartic architecture porn.

    I mean, this movie makes me want to visit Columbus, Indiana. The birth place of Mike Pence. That’s gotta be saying something.

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★★★

    A competently made, beautifully written, by-the-book court room drama that showcases the talents of Sorkin the writer, but lacks dazzle from Sorkin the director. 

    I feel like these couple of years have encouraged the production of many dramas set against the backdrop of 1960s US (see: BlacKkKlansman, Green Book, If Beale Street Could Talk, OUATIH, The Post, Selma, or more recently One Night in Miami, Sylvie’s Love, the upcoming Judas and the Black Messiah...and I’m sure I’m missing many more).…

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★

    Imagine reading a love letter written by someone you don’t know, addressed to whom you are not yet acquainted. You read this letter and appreciate its diction, style, and form. You admire the author’s beautiful cursive handwriting, and are affected by the tenderness of their strokes. However, your lack of knowledge of neither of the subject nor the writer makes the content of the letter feel empty: you simply aren’t sure what to make of the allegories and metaphors of…