• The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★

    There is no more viscerally upsetting sound in all of cinema than Marilyn Burns’s screams in this movie.

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    “I even caught the bouquet from a bitch I’ve never met.”

    Park So-dam kills me in this movie.

  • Breakdown

    Breakdown

    ★★★★

    Can’t say enough about this taut, nasty little road thriller. Basically every minute of this thing is extremely tense, starting with the whole kidnapping sequence, which freaked me out at 15 and still does. Some killer set pieces, an elite Kurt Russell performance, the god JT Walsh as one of the all-time coldest villains. Highly underrated.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    And I am not gonna have my reputation in that department tarnished by a bunch of fucking limp dick, sour note, flatter than your girlfriends, flexible tempo dipshits, got it?

  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★

    I used to think this type of dramedy, depicting unexceptional adults navigating their unexceptional lives in the present day, was one of the least difficult kinds to movies to make, until I realized that outside of like Baumbach and a few others, very few people are consistently making them at a high level. This one, like the best of this genre, is grounded but deceptively ambitious, with strong performances and a script that avoids cliche or predictability. As good as advertised.

  • The Tender Bar

    The Tender Bar

    Clooney needs to hang a sign in his bedroom that says “I am a very good actor. I am not a very good director. Plan accordingly.”

  • Michael Clayton

    Michael Clayton

    ★★★★½

    Clooney during the closing credits is the vibe I’m taking into 2022

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★

    Anthologies make for a difficult emotional latch but unsurprisingly on a second pass I found this to be richer and even more meticulously detailed than I gave it credit for. There is simply too much going on in his films to properly absorb everything in a single viewing. If Isle of Dogs was his broadest, this is his most specific and challenging, a film made for adults. But it's crafted with such warmth and affection, which granted is something you…

  • The Beatles: Get Back

    The Beatles: Get Back

    I don’t know how to categorize or rate this or what adjectives to use to describe it. It’s just a miracle and a gift and I can’t believe it exists.

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

    70mm. Obviously lacks the dark intensity and outrageous ambition of the masterpieces but I don’t begrudge him wanting to make a hangout movie in the Valley with his family and friends. It has a warm, freewheeling quality to it and it’s quite funny in moments. Penn and Cooper cameos alone are worth the price of admission. Safdie section feels a bit flat. Mid-tier PTA still better than basically anything else coming out these days.

  • House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    ★★★½

    Jared Leto gives one of the funniest performances in years?

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★½

    Who was nursing you, poor Eli? One of Bandy’s sows?