• The Seventh Continent

    The Seventh Continent

    ★★★★

    I'm very good at watching Haneke films late at night and then proceeding to overstimulate my brain with deep, dark thoughts

  • What Lies Below

    What Lies Below

    You know what has coherence, character and style? Humanoids from the Deep. Watch that instead. There is "open ended" and then there is deliberately muddled. I went in knowing it would be absolute ratbag but hoped to be entertained. No fun! Sludge photography!

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    I didn't want to log this when I originally watched it as I wanted time for the dust to settle. After an initial viewing, I was really taken by what the film IS and especially where the end wanders into. After thinking more, I realized that I still LIKE Promising Young Woman but that doesn't mean I think it's GOOD.

    A lot of the editing and shot composition is really boring! There aren't any strong filmmaking choices in that sense.…

  • American Gigolo

    American Gigolo

    The good: Giorgio Moroder, Paul Shrader's propensity toward the relationships between sex and violence, seeing Westwood Village look cool?! (honestly always strange to see my stomping grounds in older film, like seeing the Westfield Century City mall in Body Double) The diner where Julian is questioned isn't around anymore, but I could pinpoint EXACTLY where it would have been given the theater in the background (it's over by the Whole Foods on Weyburn). The photography and art direction are also…

  • Malice

    Malice

    What in the convoluted Aaron Sorkin mess is this...

    I have no issue with what many interpret as "plot holes" when there are moments in films left up to interpretation or are simply unimportant. However, Malice is four movies in one, each subplot in constant brawl with each other. I intially watched this because 1. I started last November on a huge erotic thriller kick and wanted to fill in holes 2. I initially thought this was a film about…

  • There Is No

    There Is No "I" in Threesome

    Exploitative, self-indulgent garbage that tries to LITERALLY say “I’ve evaluated who I was in the past and I’m coming to terms with my selfishness and self-appointed victim hood” and does the opposite. There is a “twist” that becomes to apparent in the middle of the film - cheap. Polyamory is valid, enjoyable relationship for many. There’s far too much media about polyamory that comes to the same conclusion - this is another unwelcome addition.

  • In the Company of Men

    In the Company of Men

    Want to go longer since there is so much visually and aurally intriguing about this little movie. Sat shocked in the end.

  • The Holiday

    The Holiday

    I was going to add a cutesy write up about Eli Wallach in this movie but realized I already did that a year ago.

  • Disclosure

    Disclosure

    Continuing my erotic thriller adventure. Normally I enjoy adaptations of works by Michael Crichton but WOOF. So far removed from reality. Attempts to say something about power dynamics and workplace sexism as well as female sexuality, becomes muddled in an attempt to let Demi Moore be the absolute villain and Michael Douglas to be an unabashed hero. Sad that even the Morricone score wasn't anything special. Maybe it's best he didn't waste too much energy on this garbage.

    EDIT: I…

  • In the Realm of the Senses

    In the Realm of the Senses

    Another one that I cannot rate. There's simply so much to say, but I fear going too personal about topics that I don't feel comfortable telling the whole world. This is absolutely (ABSOLUTELY) not for everyone. Requires a variety of layers to "enjoy" since it is not a typical three-act structure piece (not something you watch for plot!). Could go long on this but I just wanted to log it, let it fester in my brain.

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    I hate that I'm still thinking about this white feminist ultra-corporate content garbage

  • Jade

    Jade

    Joe Ezsterhas said, “were doing the last 20 minutes of The Lady from Shanghai...but 90 mins and like an ep of a police procedural”