• The Ridiculous 6

    The Ridiculous 6

    The Cinephile Detox: 8/30 - Watch an Adam Sandler film.

    Adam Sandler's one of the more interesting actors to talk about when it comes to his work, especially from watching its fluctuation. He's not like Larry the Cable Guy or his associates like Kevin James, where him being the lead is an automatic sign of its quality. Uncut Gems not only proved to be one of the best films of last year (for me at least), but it confirmed that…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★½

    Watched as a double-feature with Persona.

    Does anyone flog themselves for not seeing a film in theaters after watching it at home for the first time? Neither do I, mostly because I don't have a whip readily available.

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire, while not as immense as Parasite (which I seriously need to rewatch someday, my initial review seems so quaint now), made a big splash at Cannes and became a Letterboxd sensation throughout 2019. Currently sitting at…

  • Persona

    Persona

    ★★★★★

    From The Recommendation Feed.

    Watched as a double feature with Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

    As stated many times, writing about Persona is the Mount Everest for film scholars, professors, and the average reviewer. Meanwhile, here I am, someone that struggles to trudge up a small hill during a light snowfall. Is my safety gear even on properly? Alright, let's get this done.

    Watching Persona for the first time is the key example of what I wish all of…

  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    ★★★★

    Hey, everyone could use some idealism here and there.

    When it comes to the Golden Age of Hollywood, the collaborations between James Stewart and Frank Capra created some of the most heartfelt classics embraced by critics and audiences alike (even if some weren't as well-received back when they came out, including this one). It's a Wonderful Life is a film that I still hold close to my heart for giving me comfort and a taste of the Christmas spirit at…

  • The Creeping Terror

    The Creeping Terror

    The Cinephile Detox: 7/30 - Watch a movie with less than a 2 (average rating) on Letterboxd.

    While I have seen this episode of MST3K a long time ago, I usually don't mark a film as watched through seeing a commentary of it; after all, they're very transformative. Not only can a director's commentary teach its listeners about the production of the film itself, but commentators like the Satellite of Love crew can make unwatchable films like The Creeping Terror

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    ★★★★½

    Aguirre, the Wrath of God is the rawest form of cinema: no sets, a lot of improvisation, and documentary-like cinematography and plot structure. The story doesn't progress as much as it floats along, taking the form of an adventure film without a grand discovery or reward of treasure. Instead, Werner Herzog presents the audience with a journey of delusion and treachery; these irredeemable characters declaring ownership of land gradually overwhelming them as they search for the mythical El Dorado. While…

  • Love

    Love

    ★★★½

    Thematic spoilers throughout. If you have any interest in watching this film, I'd suggest doing that before reading this review.

    For better or for worse, Gaspar Noé's Love is possibly his most complicated to analyze. Never has a film been so easy to praise yet so easy to tarnish. While Love offers plenty to talk about in terms of the subjects it explores and the images it captures, it's worth getting the negatives out of the way. Much of the…

  • Enter the Void

    Enter the Void

    ★★★★★

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

    I've seen Enter the Void so many times, and yet the standout moment from the entire experience remains the same. For most, it's the opening credits. Considering it's my favorite opening credits sequence of all time, it's not hard to see why; it's well-known to the point where it has its rip-offs. However, while the opening credits sequence is a flashy yet intense taste of what's to come, it's never been the standout. Nor is it the ending that leaves…

  • Crazy World

    Crazy World

    While not as hilarious as Who Killed Captain Alex, Crazy World is still an entertaining supa action movie! Some of the magic of this being a live TIFF presentation might not exist in this We Are One presentation, it still managed to be a hilarious experience only topped and comparable to Who Killed Captain Alex. What I love about Wakaliwood and the piece that separates them from so-bad-it's-good cinema is the context combined with their passion. A film like Crazy…

  • Amityville 3-D

    Amityville 3-D

    The Cinephile Detox: 6/30 - Watch a sequel with a 3 in the title.

    I have excruciatingly bad insomnia, to the point where sleep medication is the only possible way for me to fall asleep. Or at least, it's that way for now; I might've found the cure after all this time. Amityville 3-D was a struggle to get through, and not in the same way as the other Amityville sequels. It's quite possibly the dullest film I've ever seen,…

  • Serial Experiments Lain

    Serial Experiments Lain

    ★★★★★

    From The Recommendation Feed.

    Watching Serial Experiments Lain for the first time has affected me on a first watch more than anything I can even remember. I've been struggling to figure out how to talk about it coherently, and the number of times I've rewritten this is enough to prove that. Not only is the narrative as complex as anime gets, but the personal connection and the benefit that comes from seeing this blind is immense. While I could go…

  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu

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

    A lot happens in 365 days, and it was around that time that I showed up in the Letterboxd community writing a "review" of Detective Pikachu. I've learned at least one thing since then, apologizing for my opinions on media is a fool's game. I do want to give some context, though; in that review, I mentioned being a fan of the series, and that is still the case to some extent. The retro games still hold a special place…