• Boyz n the Hood

    Boyz n the Hood

    Unlike Jay Sherman I won’t start ranting about debutante’s and fashion, but I’ll do my best to offer my two cents on the film. “Boyz N The Hood” has a confusing reputation for being a ‘tough’ movie about thugs, but personally I find this perspective insulting to the legacy of the film and John Singleton himself. I don’t even consider “Boyz N The Hood” a perfect movie, but it’s strong aspects and cultural impact make it a worthy film to…

  • The Nightingale

    The Nightingale

    ★★★★½

    Jennifer Kent's debut feature was a resonant, yet fantasy horror film "The Babadook" Four years later, Kent reminds us that if it's horror we wish to seek, we need not look further than our own backyard and history books. Thinking of "The Nightingale" as a horror film of historical events, enhances the impact of the movie, as it's unfiltered, brutal, and cruel. The film introduces us to a cold, poor world controlled by the privileged military exerting their power. The…

  • Easy Street

    Easy Street

    ★★★★★

    ACAB Charlie Chaplin

    Upon rewatching all of Chaplin's short films, I've decided that "Easy Street" is my personal favorite. I already ranked it fairly high in his filmography, but now I am confident in saying that it is the best. Despite the comedy of "A Dog's Life" the imagination of "Sunnyside" the thrills of "Shoulder Arms" the starkness of "The Immigrant" the brilliance of "One A.M." and the development of "The Tramp" "Easy Street finds a snug place at number…

  • Men

    Men

    Seeing to many negative one-liners about this movie clamoring Letterboxd, so here’s a more thoughtful piece.

    To be honest I didn’t love this film, or as much as I thought I was going to given the first two acts. “Men” is mesmerizing, and builds a powerfully strange and evocative atmosphere. Every shot is pure lucidity, utilizing multiple depths of field and vivid colors to create a welcoming and beautiful hellscape. Practical, computer-generated and camera tricks all lean in to paint…

  • A King in New York

    A King in New York

    I will never cease to be amazed at Chaplin’s balance of conflicting measures in his films. He’s a sly and unrelenting satirist, yet upholds an air of optimism and joy throughout his performance. It could have been instinctively easy for Chaplin to make a bitter, scornful portrait of the land who betrayed him, yet he never stoops that low. Chaplin ensures to attack the culture, not the people, who are victims of their own mind games as well.

    Throughout the…

  • Black Girl

    Black Girl

    ★★★★½

    Very short, very simple, but very effective. My first film from Ousmane Sembene, is an allegorical one depicting the effects of racism, colonialism and societal heirarchies, have on the African people.

    The film follows Diouana, (Diouana build a snowman) a senegalese woman employed by a French family to be a nanny, but is then coerced into being a full-time maid. What struck me was the psychological effects colonialism had into making the Senegalese believe that somewhere in Europe was a…

  • Murders in the Zoo

    Murders in the Zoo

    Here's my hack letterboxd user review: Hm, yes, there were murders, and they were... in a zoo mmm

    For my followers with a brain cell here are my actual thoughts. I was sold on the description of "Murders in the Zoo" being a surprisingly violent film even for pre-code standards. My curiosity got the best of me and I had to see how a 1930's film depicted blood and gore. I have to admit I was floored by the first…

  • A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate

    A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate

    It’s endlessly intriguing to speculate what might have become had “A Woman of Paris” been appreciated upon it’s release. Would we ever see The Little Tramp againg? Would Chaplin completely abandon comedy as a whole? Would his films become increasingly melodramatic and transitional with each new release? Chaplin’s films did get political later on, however, I don’t want to dwell on the unfortunate commercial failure of the film too much and would rather get into discussing the film’s subject matter.…

  • Harold and Maude

    Harold and Maude

    ★★★★★

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

    I love Comedy-Dramas. They’re one of my favorite genres of film. So many classics such as “Modern Times” “8 ½” “Nights of Cabiria” “The Graduate” or “Little Miss Sunshine” have embedded themselves in my heart and I can’t forget these experiences even if I tried. While many attempts have been made over the years, few films are able to master this balance of tones and emotions, as well as Hal Ashby’s “Harold and Maude”. The pioneer of the deadpan comedy,…

  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    ★★★★½

    This film reminded me why I hate parties and marriage.

    When I first viewed “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” long ago, I didn’t realize it was supposed to be a comedy, and still didn’t realize that fact until after my viewing. Only when I looked up the film later I saw it listed as a comedy which took me by surprise. Personally I don’t really find “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” to be a funny movie, and is perhaps one…

  • The Great Dictator

    The Great Dictator

    ★★★★★

    The riskiest comedy ever made.

    Charlie Chaplin was influenced by " The Triumph of the Will" but obviously not for the reasons the film had intended. Chaplin first viewed the film at The Museum of Modern Art with his friend Rene Clair. Clair was appalled believing that if it was shown anywhere else, the west would be lost. Chaplin however burst into uproarious laughter and found the whole piece ridiculously hilarious. I love this man. Where there was atrocity, Chaplin…

  • A Nomad River

    A Nomad River

    The film opens with intrigue. There’s some undeniably breathtaking shots, such as a remarkably beautiful scene capturing the sun rise of the morning. The subject matter of Indian droughts and water shortages caught my interest as well, as it’s a topic I believe is important, and was looking forward to seeing how the film would explore this.

    By the end of the film, while I didn’t hate it, I was left a little confused, and I think that’s because “A…