Watching too many movies since 2020.
The cryptically titled Skinamarink is less of a narrative feature film than a 100-minute mood piece about how utterly terrifying it felt to be a kid alone in a dark house. Ostensibly this could just be vivid hallucinations brought on by a traumatic brain injury—or perhaps the world’s scariest sleep paralysis demon. To me it’s really about the abject terror that a 4-year old experiences when the lights go out and they hear noises from upstairs and their parents aren’t…
The Tree of Life 2011
You know that feeling you get when you watch a particularly beautiful sunset? It’s a fleeting thing; it only lasts a few minutes. But, for that brief moment in time, it’s like everything else fades away and all you are left with is the stunning colors that only seem to exist in that sky and those specific clouds. Each one is somehow unique.
That’s what the experience of watching this film is like. It’s simply rapturous. There is no other word to describe it.
Minority Report 2002
As much as I love Mission: Impossible and Top Gun: Maverick, I wish Cruise would get back to making movies like this. Just a phenomenally gripping sci-fi X neo-noir thriller. Spielberg is at his absolute peak form here. The dolly work during that spider sequence… *mwah*! Perfection.
Sex, Lies, and Videotape 1989
The Criterion flash sale got me in the mood to actually start revisiting some of my beloved Criterion blu-rays I’ve picked up over the past several years. I think this was one of the first ones I picked up (having not seen it at the time) and it remains absolutely devastating. Just something about how this depicts the idea of sex that works on such a fundamental level. I can relate (to which character… that I won’t tell.)
Black Widow 2021
MCU does Mission Impossible.
All in another solid entry in this new phase of the MCU. If anything it felt a little exposition heavy—there was almost too much plot to cram into just over 2 hours—but all of the classic Marvel elements are there, for better or for worse. Quippy dialogue, poignant emotional moments, and CGI-heavy action sequences in equal measure, and it all (mostly) works really well. Okay, there are maybe one or two too many headache-inducing CGI scenes in this one for me.
Also, Florence Pugh continues to absolutely knock it out of the park. She was the highlight of this film for me.
Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio 2022
I think everyone could use a sidekick named Sebastian J. Cricket voiced by Ewan McGregor.