• Death Wish 4: The Crackdown

    Death Wish 4: The Crackdown

    ★★★

    had a good time i like how it ends utter nonsense also laura dern’s dad from Blue Velvet? what the heck? i could watch Bronson drive at night all day, no reason for this movie to look this nice. love the lights in the roller rink very pretty

  • Basic Instinct

    Basic Instinct

    ★★★★½

    dang Pauly V doesnt miss, every time. jan de bont too, gorgeous and subtle lighting (especially love the club scene and the orange/brown fucking scene). would kill to rewatch this and Vertigo as a San Fran thriller double header. excited to rewatch, love the sex scene that’s mirroring the first one. very tense!

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs

    ★★★

    good tension! crazy cool performances! sleek hollywood directing that’s invisible yet definitely on top of the psychology of scopophilia. yeah super transphobic not sure how you can pretend it’s not. still solid but in generally it’s fairly right wing.

  • Time Bandits

    Time Bandits

    ★★★

    pretty cool design!! definitely very weird. gilliam is one of the early directors making work about neoliberalism and this is a fine example of the austerity politics that comes about at this time—everyone is comfortable and bored and only past things are the things that interest us. trying to indulge in it comes with a paycut, played here as a joke but it has an honesty with it. 

    nearly every joke is repeated ad infinitum but i kinda enjoyed the zany aspect of that like napoleon repeating the height of shorter historical figures.

  • The Firm

    The Firm

    ★★★

    pretty fun, reminded me of Gone Girl for the kind of realist thriller BS this is using as its melodrama. goofy and well cast. well told. several moments I gasped so tho some twists were predictable there were enough that logically made sense which i didn’t expect so nothing but a fine time to be had.

  • Memory

    Memory

    ★★★½

    pretty solid, i cant lie. neeson and pearce give great performances, everyone seems very world weary and any political reading becomes very complicated very quick. anti-pedophile, anti-ICE and a lot of cops die (and are justified getting killed because they protect and serve money). what am i able to complain about?? idk

  • Death Wish 3

    Death Wish 3

    ★★

    nonsense

  • Death Wish II

    Death Wish II

    ★★½

    cut a liberal and a fascist bleeds—the diehard liberal here is taken down a notch and must resort as an excess of the liberal system the reactionary violence that must be exacted. meaner than the first. Fishbourne has pretty cool shades.

  • The Guilty

    The Guilty

    ★★

    nice lighting design and low budget setup—solid performances and twists

  • Death Wish

    Death Wish

    ★★½

    next one better be set in Chicago

  • Don't Worry Darling

    Don't Worry Darling

    ★★½

    definitely going to watch again, probably in my Mark Fisher based workshop. seems perfect for talking about privatizing mental health, the way we push ourselves into rejecting reality by entering a new virtual world without material needs or the survival method—we can consume our way into numbing our problems. however, this feels like an example of capitalist realism par excellence, the utopia (made by incel podcasters as well as im aware) is a fiction we should ultimately reject, realism, even…

  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

    ★★★

    perfectly acceptable, pretty great truck action sequence and the ending? crazy! i like the teleportation device being a pod too tho i dont know why, maybe i want to be there with arnold—two peas in a pod