• Belly

    Belly

    ★★★★½

    an aesthetic wonder, beautiful and bright colors and shadows infest every inch of every frame, Nas and DMX’s dominant performances command your attention, and Hype’s absolutely unreal eye and feel for mood is astounding through and through. a breathtaking dive into 90s hood culture, all the way from the raw emotion to the dense atmospheres. loved the Gummo scene. nearly a masterwork

  • The Devil All the Time

    The Devil All the Time

    ★★

    mostly just a lame excuse in miserablism, a film that’s gritty for the sake of being gritty and cruel for the sake of being cruel. the handling of sexual assault and suicide is often questionable and sometimes downright bad, which i was surprised at given Campos’ fairly mature handling of the latter in previous films. performances range from being cartoonishly over the top (which seems to be Pattinson’s forte for bad films at this point) to fine, i admire Holland’s…

  • good kid, m.A.A.d city

    good kid, m.A.A.d city

    a vivid portrait of Compton then and Compton now, Kendrick’s past present and future all in the same place, it’s always changing but it always stays the same. an astonishing work, K-Dot’s poetry is unparalleled in the way he paints pictures and tells stories and emits feeling. he’s undoubtedly going to be the goat by the time his career ends

  • 25th Hour

    25th Hour

    ★★★★½

    “That’s how I wanna remember you.”

    the greatest depiction of a post 9/11 America ever put to the screen, Spike’s use of time and inevitably as unstoppable, impenetrable forces is in both parts as haunting and powerful as anything he’s ever done. every shitty hamfisted murica 9/11 film was worth it for this

    “I don’t want you to hate me when I’m gone.”

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★★

    for better and for worse the movie Nolan has spent his entire career building up to, an entire film of nothing but nonsense logistics and action, all veiled in his career long fascination of pulling tricks on the audience. could not give you a plot summary to this even if i tried, if only for half the dialogue being washed out by the bombastic score, and i don’t even think i’d want to. Tenet is, as a character states, more…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    in depth spoiler review, did this one off the dome so if it’s messy or weird that’s probably why

    if we’re breaking down the ending and how it ties into the whole movie, jake is the janitor. the whole movie is him putting on a play for himself, imagining what it would be like if anything happened with the girl in the bar that night god knows however many years ago. he was probably nothing to her but he remembers…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★★

    “It’s like you wrote it about me.”

    thoughts about relationships, love, why it exists, and where we stand in it exist because they exist. they have no reason to. she’s thinking of ending things not for any particular reason, but because it’s the only thing she can think about. Jake is nice, she’s been tied to him like nobody else but sometimes thing have to end. his parents seem nice, don’t they?... don’t they? they’re a bit weird, but it’s…

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★½

    Nolan’s best movie. one of the only war films to fully capture how cold and dehumanizing war is, the sounds of bombs and guns and planes and death fill the atmosphere, never letting anybody, including the audience, get time to breathe. stripping this movie of characters and emotional stakes or situations does wonders, Nolan has never been the best at either, and lets the situation speak for itself. war on its own is a tragic, emotional thing. picking off no…

  • Bill & Ted Face the Music

    Bill & Ted Face the Music

    ★★★

    often feels like it didn’t spend enough time in the oven, doesn’t feel nearly as distinctive or interesting as the other two do (the set design sucks compared to the others) even if all of the ingredients are here. Reeves and Winter are having fun, there’s time travel and future selves and music and the wives and everything else but, idk. it feels like every other generic Back After 30 Years sequel from the past decade. there was clear passion behind this, and it’s not bad by any means and it has its moments, but i’m disappointed

  • Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

    ★★★★½

    the idea of Bill & Ted but with Jim Henson aliens and robots and they go to hell is already quite good but believe it or not in practice it is better

  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    ★★★★½

    just the absolute best, as hilarious from front to back as any canonical 80s comedy with one of the most heartwarming final sequences ever. 90 minutes long too! it fills out its concept, often creatively, in such a brief runtime without ever feeling like it falls short thanks to some great pacing and jokes that never dwell on for too long. absolutely nothing to hate. gotta love it

  • The Stunt Double

    The Stunt Double

    wasn’t really interested in this but caved because youtube keeps showing me ads for it on like every video i went to. has virtually nothing interesting to show regarding what vertical films could be like beyond the idea of “what if regular movie was on its side”, ends up feeling mostly like an excuse for Chazelle to indulge himself in film tropes that don’t even exist, because apparently he didn’t get his movie magic high off of La La Land. and yeah sure this is a glorified ad i shouldn’t expect much but c’mon. you can do better than this