• Body Brokers

    Body Brokers

    ★★★½

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

    I work for a nonprofit, 12-step based treatment center, and was familiar with the “body broker” model/scam, which was why I was interested in this in the first place. (Well, that and Michael K. Williams.) The first half really tries to ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ it up, but that falls apart as the film attempts to show the human carnage that results.


    But also... THE HEALTHCARE ETHICS VIOLATIONS! No, not that tweaker doctor or even Vin or the basically useless…

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★★

    I shouldn’t have watched this in 30-40 minutes blocks before going to work every morning this week, but sometimes that’s how it goes.

  • Dark Waters

    Dark Waters

    ★★★★

    Holy shit, capitalism is awful.



    (Also this movie made me remember Foxcatcher, about another part of the DuPont legacy, which also has Mark Ruffalo and is also very good.)

  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    ★★★★

    A very close friend of mine is a legal guardian & I promise you most of them are just social worker types in Danskos & sensible haircuts who are not rich or scheming at all.

  • Art and Craft

    Art and Craft

    ★★★½

    I would like to sit down and watch old movies with Mark Landis.

  • Becky

    Becky

    ★★★½

    Home Alone meets Fargo

  • Lucky

    Lucky

    ★★★★½

    A small movie about big ideas. I thought it was really sweet & left me smiling.

  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★★

    Nomadland, my other favorite movie lately, is a movie about the joy and sorrow of choosing rootlessnes. Minari is a movie about the joy and sorrow of putting down roots. They’re both gorgeously filmed, tenderly acted, with stories told with the deepest compassion. Nomadland’s sweetest and most vulnerable moments are those of solitude, Minari finds that same sweetness and vulnerability in quiet moments between two people. At the end of the day, we find that, alone or together, life is brutal and beautiful and most holy at its most ordinary.

    Can Best Picture be a tie this year?

  • The Binge

    The Binge

    ★★★

    Idk it was cute and a fun no-brain watch for a Saturday night.

  • Badlands

    Badlands

    ★★★★★

    Gorgeously captures the prairie... and even more, the intensity and allure of toxic young love.

  • The Square

    The Square

    ★★½

    I think I am too Midwestern to really “get” this movie about Fancy Art People. And it was really, really long. Elisabeth Moss & Dominic West are a treat though.

  • The Conversation

    The Conversation

    ★★★★½

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

    Okay but, like, why would you invite your major competitors, a disgruntled recent-ex employee, and their dingbat girlfriends to the place where you keep your proprietary state-of-the-art surveillance equipment for casual after-hours drinks? And why would you then get taken in by the dingbat’s clumsy advances and let her spend the night when her boss just secretly recorded you? And then later, why wouldn’t you remember his harmonica telephone device immediately instead of destroying your apartment?

    And also why would a…