Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Pinned reviews

More
  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Twin Peaks: The Return

    ★★★★★

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

    I have a fear of liking things too much.

    It's not a fear of showing emotion, and it isn't the fear I once had of my opinions changing in the future. When liking turns to loving something, I get excited. Relieved, even. I finally don't have to be a killjoy, I think. Once that turns into feeling a sense of transcendence, I get thankful in what I can assume is that undefined spiritual euphoria that people mention but never fully…

Recent reviews

More
  • The Devil All the Time

    The Devil All the Time

    ★★★

    Is it cynical or bitter? That's a hill I find myself dying on on a regular basis, so it only makes sense for The Devil All the Time to add to the pile. Written by Antonio Campos & Paulo Campos from Donald Ray Pollock's novel of the same name, this adaptation hints at being both. Its depictions of violence are detached and objective. Its characters' actions are often anything but. Campos' fifth feature examines that cognitive dissonance at times, but that…

  • Residue

    Residue

    ★★★½

    Upon his return home from California, Jay (Obi Nwachukwu) glides through his old neighborhood of NoMa, Washington, D.C. He makes small talk with old acquaintances—the neighbors, the guys on the corner, the old trio sitting on a stoop. It's when he walks on by, however, that everyone else's actions carry on. The camera holds on the locals, not so much Jay. The words say more about a collective routine, not so much about Jay himself. He says he's come back…

Popular reviews

More
  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★★

    What a hellish time early adolescence is. When I say hellish, I mean that in the most transcendent, stinging way possible: it's a dumpster fire; a cacophony of groans; an implosion of externalized insecurities. They say that burning alive is the most painful way of dying, so why does no one award 13-year-olds for surviving such a sensation for nine whole months? I'm sure that I'm still reeling from it, and seeing such a respectful yet truthful examination of the…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

    Picture this: you go into a dark theater. You cringe in a specific way, like how you do when a dumb person tries to one-up someone very clever. You squirm at the screen, and you like it. The movie's basic setup unfolds with the forwards trajectory of a homing missile, and as it grabs you by the hair and drags you down the stairs, all you can do is giggle. Its jolts are so smooth that they tickle you as…