• The Hunger

    The Hunger

    ★★★½

    More than blood, more than lust, more than violence, Tony Scott knew the prime ingredient in a vampire movie is billowing curtains.

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★

    A delightfully meta, achingly romantic approach to the industry’s regurgitative tendencies held back by ghastly visuals and craft. The action lacks the kinetic, smooth-flowing excitement of the originals, and the rest looks garishly digital—which, yes, this is The Matrix, there’s room for artifice and fakery, but does it have to look so darn ugly? The scene where Neo takes the red pill as Morpheus is  projected on the wall notwithstanding of course, because that was sick as fuck.

    God bless Trinity.

  • Benedetta

    Benedetta

    ★★★½

    Far from the “boundary pushing” experience the poster pull-quote would have you believe, but even muted Verhoeven is laced with enough lust and deliberately gleeful T&A to put modern Hollywood’s de facto prudishness to shame. Writer David Birke (of Elle fame) returns and though this isn’t nearly as good as their previous outing, only truly great minds could conceive a Virgin Mary dildo.

  • The Matrix Revolutions

    The Matrix Revolutions

    ★★★★

    Haven’t seen a bad Matrix movie yet


    Mifune the legend

  • Parallel Mothers

    Parallel Mothers

    ★★★½

    Somewhat atypical “switched at birth” story that lacks younger Pedro’s transgressive flourishes save for a mid-film lesbian swerve, emanates instead from the most consciously political headspace he’s occupied. As one of our foremost modern masters, he demonstrates the clear difference between the overt heavy-handedness of someone like Adam McKay (or at least what I assume Adam McKay represents, tbh I haven’t seen any of his post Anchorman 2 movies. Sorry for the stray, Adam) and more graceful explicit/implicit techniques. That’s…

  • The Matrix Reloaded

    The Matrix Reloaded

    ★★★★

    Merovingian fight into highway chase into Morpheus with a katana

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★★

    A Matrix Christmas

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

    Lovely picture, would probably hit harder if Phantom Thread wasn’t one of my all time favorites. Comparison is the thief of joy 😔

  • The Age of Innocence

    The Age of Innocence

    ★★★★★

    35mm. Flowers have never looked so good. Marty's best.

  • Chess of the Wind

    Chess of the Wind

    ★★★★★

    God bless Iranian cinema, god bless film preservationists, god bless intricately designed rugs, and god bless candlelight. Easy 10.

  • Platform

    Platform

    ★★★★★

    Distant memories, distant frame.

  • Belfast

    Belfast

    ★★★

    Rose-tinting ahoy, but not without its charm. Loose and playful, good grandparents. Elides political turmoil in favor of fanciful remembrances befitting its young protagonist, which is kind of a problem and kind of not. On one hand kids aren’t going to understand or particularly care about the nuances of an ethno-nationalist conflict, they’d much rather play ball and flirt with crushes, but as an adult viewer I do care about that stuff, so it ends up feeling undercooked and fairly…