• Dune

    Dune

    i'm gonna sound like such a dumb guy nerd but full-frame imax is truly and genuinely the best way to see a movie. i would probably love just about anything in this format but villeneuve's style suits it pretty perfectly. so many massive tableaus of spaceships and sand, tiny little figures dotting the landscapes. i can't be a cynic: it's pretty breathtaking.

    for the rest of it, i gotta say, it's honestly kind of insane that this movie was released…

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    it’s easy to see what attracts lynch to television here, the way an ongoing story by its nature allows for endless breadcrumb trails of symbolism and implication. television allows those threads to link along a single continuum, constantly developing and changing but always leading back to where they started. a film has to end, but a television show doesn’t. that potential for “getting dreamy” as lynch puts it in behind-the-scenes footage from twin peaks: the return is obviously key to…

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    the ana d. armas scene is fun but man this is incredibly undercooked for being as long as it is. the lashana lynch "character arc" is borderline grounds for a false advertising suit, a role pitched as a strong woman going toe to toe with bond even though she is shown constantly failing and accomplishing nothing and learning to be deferential to him by the end. it's kind of funny in a rule of threes way, how every craig sequel…

  • Memoria

    Memoria

    i'm not sure i've ever been so arrested -- physically, attentively, emotionally -- in a movie theater before. like swinton's jessica (and i should say, this is the first time i've ever liked a swinton performance) i moved from an initial terror at the haunting boom in her head to irresistible curiosity to metaphysical longing, a desire for understanding that stretches into memories that are at once inaccessible and universal, the memory of the earth.

    i've always thought that ghosts…

  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    these are the only comic book movies that matter

  • Noroi: The Curse
  • Slender Man

    Slender Man

    this is a first for me but this movie is so fucking dimly lit that half of the jump scares are literally impossible to see

  • Benedetta

    Benedetta

    usually when a film is called “surprisingly funny” it means it’s incredibly dry with exactly One joke but no this film really is frequently a laugh riot

  • Dear Evan Hansen

    Dear Evan Hansen

    probably the most remarkable thing about this film is that you really never get used to the fact that he looks like that. even in the late moments of this 137 minute film i was still jolted by occasional cuts to ben platt's puffy, doughy visage, newly horrified by his inland empire-esque facial contortions and body language that has been seen in cinema only once before: in f.w. murnau's expressionist classic nosferatu. his exaggerated hunch, hysterically twitchy hands, and latex-smooth…

  • Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell

    this is like half of a really good movie. sorry

  • The Card Counter

    The Card Counter

    shoutout to tiffany haddish for starring in the two funniest movies of the year

  • Venom

    Venom

    venom is so FUCKING big !!!