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  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    ★★★★

    my new metric for telling how emotionally vulnerable i'm feeling is whether or not "incredible thoughts" makes me inadvertently tear up (today michael bolton appeared and BAM weeping, help)

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★½

    jk simmons’s son, tending his dog shit

  • Odd Man Out

    Odd Man Out

    ★★★★★

    i'm struggling to even say anything about this film because i can already tell it's one i'll revisit throughout my life and find something new to read into it each time, so until i have more eloquent thoughts i'll just say—this first time watching i was struck by how readily everyone in this film gambles with life, whether it's their own or that of james mason's character as he is passed between people who want to use him for one…

  • The Leopard

    The Leopard

    ★★★½

    i wanted to love this, because there are parts i really loved, but this story doesn't quite sustain itself for over 3 hours. the sumptuous visuals and lush score by nino rota are some of the best things about this film, however at some points it feels like visconti uses both as a crutch during scenes that feel wholly unnecessary to his overall thematic aims. this could have been a tight 2.5 hours at the longest and i think overall…

  • Multiple Maniacs

    Multiple Maniacs

    ★★½

    i would like to eternal sunshine of the spotless mind that part where the religious whore shoves rosary beads into divine's butt please

  • Habit

    Habit

    ★★½

    as an allegory for addiction or AIDS i think this is really interesting, but in execution i didn't connect with it on an emotional level. i love how this was shot and edited, and the new york of this movie feels the most like how i've experienced new york, down to the fact that i recognize one of the subway stations pictured. my main problems stem from how very mumblecore-y the dialogue and acting are, like everyone is trying to…

  • 20th Century Women

    20th Century Women

    ★★★★½

    i wish i could see this movie for the first time again

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    ★★★★

    oh these SHADOWS!!!! can’t stop thinking about that woman who wanted all of her teeth to be removed

  • The Water Diary

    The Water Diary

    when i thought i couldn't love jane campion even more, she makes a film where someone plays a string instrument and the actor can actually play said string instrument! no asynchronous bowing here!!!

    also the way the children in this feel resentful toward adults for the way they've fucked up the planet still feels painfully relevant, this really got me

  • Bad Influence

    Bad Influence

    ★½

    it’s like FIGHT CLUB for bland yuppies who took FIGHT CLUB literally. i think this movie wants me to think rob lowe is hot and james spader is a wimp, but instead i find rob lowe off-putting in the sense that there’s nothing behind his eyes/he’s maybe a robot and i think james spader is trying his best to play a guy with no moral backbone who looks great in glasses but it never really comes together until the last 30 minutes. mainly this was dull to watch bc the main character is so passive for like 70% of the runtime.

  • The Bravados

    The Bravados

    ★★★★

    such a beautiful and vicious technicolor morality western, and maybe one of my new favorite gregory peck performances! the way plot details are withheld in the first half hour of this film is masterful, and the choir/jailbreak setpiece is incredible.

  • sex, lies, and videotape

    sex, lies, and videotape

    ★★★★½

    agent: hey james, this director wants you for a part.
    james spader: what's the character like?
    agent: so he's got this fetish—
    james spader: i'm in.