• Minari

    Minari

    ★★★½

    I did enjoy this, but the writerly contrivances pulled me out of the experience - much as I could see why they indulged them, and how they tried to emotionally subvert them.

  • The Aviator

    The Aviator

    ★★★★

    good

  • The Rescue

    The Rescue

    ★★

    The compelling reality of the Thai cave rescue operation is given rote form here. Repetive, formally uninteresting, & oddly detached from the rescuees, who are barely even named in the film and almost feel like an afterthought to imagery of white heroism

  • Single All the Way

    Single All the Way

    Not since Get Out has an unpleasant white family tried so hard to make a young black man one of them

  • A Hero

    A Hero

    ★★★½

    Morality is all about perception these days. After a string of weak efforts, this feels more like Farhadi operating in high gear. Perhaps a little rote at times, but Amir Jadidi’s performance - wounded, humble, proud - mostly binds it together.

  • A Cop Movie

    A Cop Movie

    ★★★

    Untrue crime. Slippery meta-doc about policing as a construct. Has some compelling things to say about how corruption is interwoven with institutional DNA, but ultimately a bit non-committal about its ideas (though committed in approach, for good or ill.

    also, ACAB

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★★

    If I said I want your body now, would you Holden against me?

    The brutality of flesh, the fragility of what transcends it/what doesn’t, and the malleability of identity. Impressive how well it works in spite of how regularly it dares itself to fall apart.

    If anything, I wanted it to go harder. There are tantalising threads left dangling, such that I find myself wanting it to be more crass, more camp, more cruel, even. It’s so audacious in modern…

  • Censor

    Censor

    ★★★

    Enjoyable until it’s not (can you tell the part of my brain responsible for my film criticism career has atrophied)

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★★½

    took a while to get to the duel factory but I dug. a little sad there wasn’t more scenery for Affleck to chew

  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★

    S’cute.

  • Easy A

    Easy A

    ★★★

    Still fun, but also a lot more, for lack of a better term, Gleeish than I remembered.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    ★★★★★

    Still kinda my favourite. Helm's fuckin' Deep, man.