• Children of Heaven

    Children of Heaven

    ★★★★

    Delicately heartwarming.

  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★½

    A gently haunting film of love and obsession, using visual and thematic parallels (and pretty colors!) to tell its tragic story. It’s a classic for a reason! 

    Haven’t seen this since high school, so I definitely loved it more this time. A lot more to appreciate now. Great ending. 

    I look forward to any and all rewatches 🤠

  • The Piano Teacher

    The Piano Teacher

    ★★★★½

    I can’t believe people still try to act after Isabelle Huppert did this film. They’ll never do what she can do, and they’ll forever be in her shadow! Her presence in the ending is so haunting; it’s hard to take your eyes off of her eyes, which carry such emotion and emptiness.

    And there’s always something so wonderful about Haneke’s deliberately understated sense of form. I’ve been on a De Palma kick (again) lately, who is on the complete opposite end of the spectrum with his flamboyant sense of form; so returning to Haneke’s minimalist approach is a refreshing change of pace (although I worship both).

  • The Trouble with Harry

    The Trouble with Harry

    Not Hitchcock at his best, but a light-hearted, smartly-stitched comedy of errors. The lush, autumnal VistaVision photography is a star of its own, and a beautiful one at that.

  • Carlito's Way

    Carlito's Way

    ★★★★

    Despite being shown the ending in the literal first second of the film, I was stressed the entire last 20 minutes - a testament to the craftsmanship and the quality of the story that comes before it. It literally and metaphorically colors in the ending. 

    De Palma’s got me in a chokehold, and he won’t be letting go anytime soon (and I don’t want him to!).

    Yes I cried at the end, so what of it!

    Glad I blind bought this Blu-ray.

  • Dune

    Dune

    This film and Villeneuve’s film have a symbiotic relationship; this one makes you further appreciate how masterful Denis handles the material, and Denis’s version helps to "appreciate" this one more (or at the very least, makes it more coherent). The first time I saw this, I genuinely had no clue wtf was happening. Now, thanks to the Denis, I was able to follow along pretty easily, and I definitely had much more fun. 

    It’s terrible film, but there’s a certain charm to its audaciousness. I’m not mad that this bizarre, goofy, ambitious misfire was made - I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

  • Madame Web

    Madame Web

    ½

    I was excited to see this because I thought it would be more “it’s so bad it’s good”. But it was just bad :( I thought it would be more fun to hate. It’s too long and boring to have fun.

  • Birth

    Birth

    ★★★★½

    My new favorite Glazer film. Out of all his films, this is the one that hit the closest to my favorite sensibilities. 


    The score heightened the emotions in all the right ways. And the film leaves you with the right amount of questions. 

    Will definitely be revisiting.

  • Breaking the Waves

    Breaking the Waves

    ★★★★½

    Emily Watson’s vulnerable performance is a revelation, grounding the film in such an authentic way that it binds the peculiar narrative together in a sense of realism.

    The film shares some similarities with Dancer in the Dark, but it trades the stronger shades of melodrama for its dash of magical realism. Both protagonists, however, ultimately face their own tragic irony.

    The final moment is beautifully haunting.

    Don’t watch unless you want your day to be ruined tho.

  • Phenomena

    Phenomena

    Excessively ridiculous, but the climax is wildly awesome.

  • North by Northwest

    North by Northwest

    ★★★★½

    In preparation of going to SXSW next month, I decided it was time to revisit NXNW for the first time in maybe a decade. 

    Previously, I felt indifferent to the film. I had thought it was slow, not entirely engaging, and honestly a bit of a chore. But I was young and foolish, and the many layers of Hitchcock’s direction went over my head, I suppose. Definitely pinching myself now for not loving it because suddenly I’m a huge fan,…

  • Argylle

    Argylle

    Started my birthday with the masterfully handled Dune, and ended it with this convoluted mess. I hoped to have more fun with this, but it was way too boring and way too long for what it delivers.