• OPAL

    OPAL

    Alright, now this is my last review, so it’s fitting it be for one of my favorite creators of all time.

    I can’t describe to you how much the work of Jack Stauber means to me, along with just how tireless his work ethic seems to be. This is a DARK 12-minute long experimental mixed media musical short film compressed onto VHS and produced by Adult Swim, and if that doesn’t peak your interest, I don’t know what will. To…

  • Lucky

    Lucky

    One-note, dull, repetitive in a bad way. Feels like Happy Death Day but less inspired, with less ideas, and less engaging situations and characters. The narrative is meandering, the themes are forced, the pace makes everything so tiresome, all the characters are flat as wood. The only thing I really liked about it is the concept, and even then, it turns that into a half baked metaphor for the struggle of women. Not saying that it can’t be done effectively,…

  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    This is going to be my last review for a good while on here, and here’s why.

    For the past year and a half, I’ve been feeling stuck, for multiple reasons. I’m tired of being stationary. I feel like I want to actually live my life instead of just talking about movies or sitting doing video work. It also doesn’t help that talking about every movie I see is a very performative thing to do, and after a few months…

  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    I’m utterly flabbergasted. A modern day giallo revitalization bolstered up by hypnotic, multifaceted, neon colored craft and an absolute whammy of a third act. This thing portrays the futile desire for inherent perfection and to be seen as nothing less then flawless... kind of flawlessly.

    “Every man is happy until happiness is suddenly a goal” is a quote that comes to mind here.

    Refn makes them like no other. God I love movies.

  • good kid, m.A.A.d city

    good kid, m.A.A.d city

    Finally got around to seeing the short film that accompanies Kendrick Lamar's fantastic album of the same name, and I thought it was great. A wistful set of memories in Compton/Bompton from countless different nameless perspectives, all unified by Kendrick's vision of his hometown.

    I've loved this man's music for a good while now, but he's somebody that even though I've loved nearly everything I've heard from him, I've had a hard time really understanding why it is I connect…

  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    This was playing on the plane I was taking back home, but the audio was utter trash so I just muted it and tried to time it to Currents by Tame Impala (kinda like how people do that with Dark Side of the Moon). I gave up after Let It Happen didn’t really match the opening (way too meandering in nature for such an energetic opening), so for the rest of the flight I just tried timing scenes to different…

  • Rejected

    Rejected

    I love TomSka, but I Like Trains will forever pale in comparison to the genius of drowning in anus blood.

    “I live in a giant bucket” has done more for my sense of humor than any SNL sketch I have watched over the course of my entire life.

    Watching this in the midst of a creative crisis has turned my brain into scrambled egg. I literally just edited a scene that felt like the ending of this thing and I…

  • The Meaning of Life

    The Meaning of Life

    Decided to watch this one again as I’m currently wondering if it’s worth paying six bucks to rent the third World of Tomorrow short (it probably is).

    I remember watching this years ago during my Hertzfeldt binge and not understanding a single thing about it but still being very intrigued by it. Now I think it’s about so much, about how we all end up saying and thinking the exact same things over and over again as we move through…

  • Sorry We Missed You

    Sorry We Missed You

    Watched this during a 5-hour flight, so a depressing, quiet drama about the slow disintegration of a family dynamic maybe wasn’t the best choice but hey, I liked it overall. Even despite the fact it didn’t ultimately connect with me in any profound ways, I think it’s a tight, extremely well acted, and slightly soul crushing look at how families can fall apart without a solid foundation from the parents. Good stuff, but god was it hard to watch for me (that was mainly due to the plane though).

  • Rebels of the Neon God

    Rebels of the Neon God

    Literally the day before the Criterion Channel announced what’d be leaving their service this month, I was checking to see what Tsai Ming-Liang films would be leaving their service, and lo and behold, this one and a couple others by him were announced to be leaving the next day.

    But yea, I loved this one. I think it mainly touches on how those who chose to rebel against their environments will have the hardest time showing intimacy or even making…

  • Hubie Halloween

    Hubie Halloween

    “I’m asexual but that girl’s making me hella horny.”
    - an old lady dressed as a nun

    Is anyone else talking about how overblown they made that love interest? Like oh my god, we get it, you want to ride this guy’s thermos until the sun comes up but could you PLEASE keep it in your pants there are literal children around.

    I literally only watched this because other people wanted to, but whatever, I genuinely chuckled at some of…

  • Next Floor

    Next Floor

    I loved this! It was really surprising to see Villeneuve incorporate some really dynamic and frenetic filmmaking techniques into this one, but I think it shows just how versatile of a director he really is. Something that also kinda shocked me was how goofy and funny this was overall, along with how it decided to explore its themes of gluttony and greed among the rich and powerful, and those who make a living off of enabling those who indulge in…