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  • The Love Witch

    The Love Witch

    We got bored and a bit disillusioned/confused with what parts of the movie were meant to be satirical and which were meant in earnest, so we gave up with 40 minutes left. The commitment to the 60s technicolor style is admirable and wonderful in how it looks, but really frustrating in how poor the acting is as a result. Not for me!

  • Bad Genius

    Bad Genius

    ★★★★½

    Hell yes. Hell fucking yes.

    I can’t remember the last time I was all-in on a movie so quickly. From the first scene I loved it, but it managed to get in the thick of the plot after a cool 10 minutes. The style and pacing of this movie from the beginning are so absolutely my shit, and it brilliantly manages to turn a low-key location into something thrilling. I loved it. So fun, so cool, such charismatic and interesting…

  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl

    The Diary of a Teenage Girl

    ★★★★

    (i wouldn’t call this description a spoiler but it’s pretty specific about a single scene in the movie, so reader beware)

    There’s a scene where Minnie is fooling around with Monroe and she playfully yells “help I’m being raped!” in earshot of an open door where a sailor is standing guard nearby. Even though it plays as a joke you expect someone to come to her rescue, and to have a scene where Monroe freaks out or where Minnie is…

  • Enemy

    Enemy

    ★★★★½

    What??????????????

    (this is my reaction to a) gyllenhaal/villenueve giving us this and Prisoners in the same year b) neither of them getting Oscars recognition for either c) the ending)

  • Krisha

    Krisha

    ★★★½

    A lot of the dynamics were unclear to me for so much of the movie, but the final five minutes are stunning and tense.

  • John Mulaney: New in Town

    John Mulaney: New in Town

    ★★★★★

    What can I say about "New In Town" that hasn't already been said by my entire being acting as a billboard for his work? I couldn't possibly count how many times I've seen this special or showed it to people, but fuck, in college alone it was double digits. I love it. I love John Mulaney.

  • The Castle

    The Castle

    ★★★½

    Daryl Kerrigan is maybe the best movie father of all-time. A sweet, loving, friendly, warm, optimistic, perfectly paternal hug of a man. This movie is wildly quotable and charming, and even though some of it is laughably bad, it's such a fun watch. And SO Australian.

    "How's the serenity?"
    "He's dreaming."
    "That's going straight into the pool room."

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★

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

    Definitely enjoyed this movie more on a rewatch. Here are only some of the exhaustive notes I took during my rewatch.

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    • The noose foreshadowing outside the bar is hilariously unsubtle. And wow– everybody told me the bar they meet at was The Virgil (a bar in Silverlake that i have been to countless times) but it’s very funny how clear that is now that I know it. They also fall in love at the Super A Foods in…

  • Tag

    Tag

    ★★★½

    Can't tell what's more embarrassing, that the 2018 ensemble comedy TAG was, by choice, the first film I watched in 2019, or that I actually enjoyed the 2018 ensemble comedy TAG.

    I watched this on a plane and they'd censored so much of the swearing which was fun to realize and try to sort out mentally, but through the "motherfucker" for "rubber chucker" find-and-replaces (no, really) I could still tell that this had the fatal flaw of all big studio…

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★½

    Something about this film completely gripped me even as I slowly realized it was moving towards a climax that I would have to read up on. And thank god I did, because my natural heart feeling of "this movie is fantastic" was completely unsupported by brain not understanding what I'm supposed to get from the ending– but reading other Letterboxd users' interpretation of it (notably as a balance of the hope and despair that has been a through-line in the…

  • Thunder Road

    Thunder Road

    ★★★★½

    Have extremely mixed (and maybe even negative) feelings about the ending, but I loved this movie. The hands up game scene made me smile so fucking big, as did the last shot before the credits. A very sweet, emotional, and hilarious film.

  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★★

    “What’s wrong with you isn’t what’s wrong with me. I know you’d stay if you could.”

    I knew this movie was going to break me when I almost cried during the scene of Ben Foster taking that test.