• Singin' in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain

    ★★★½

    More visually epic & cynical tone than I would’ve thought but still at various parts as corny as I figured it’d be. I’m glad to have knocked it off my list and would love to see it in theatres but I don’t think this classic is for me as much as others.

  • Paradise: Love

    Paradise: Love

    ★★★★

    One of the most uncomfortable but brutally honest looks at the older white women sex tourism of African resorts. At various moments of this film it gets so awkwardly intimate that it’s hard not to believe it’s real (Clearly his previous doc work has helped a lot).

  • Malcolm & Marie

    Malcolm & Marie

    ★★½

    I’m on the fence with this film, yes it’s not great but also it’s weird to me out of all the bad films that come out (And the many that are celebrated) THIS is the one everyone gangs up on? I mean sure it’s overwritten and Sam Levinson doesn’t have as much self-awareness as he needs to make this kind of film. BUT this film is obviously not making Malcolm into a hero so it’s a pretty bad faith argument…

  • Between the Lines

    Between the Lines

    ★★★★

    If only every ensemble “I think we’re officially adults now” film was this charming. Also whoever got this cast together deserves a lot of money.

  • Purple Noon

    Purple Noon

    ★★★★

    While not quite as great as The Talented Mr Ripley (Minghella was able to better capture the consequences of manipulative men), this is one of the most stunning 1960’s “European cool” films I’ve ever seen. This style seems very ahead of its time and creates an unsettling atmosphere not typically seen in this era.

    The Tom Ripley character is such a great commentary on conformity. The book but moreso the film tries to explore performative nature of masculinity and being…

  • Pieces of a Woman

    Pieces of a Woman

    ★★★½

    At it’s core this film understands how complicated trauma can be and that there’s no true way to process it. The performances for the most part were better than the characters and plot. I feel like this film never fully got to where you wanted it to go (Energy-wise not story-wise) but I appreciate what it did accomplish.

  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★

    Sundance is a genre

  • Thou Wast Mild and Lovely

    Thou Wast Mild and Lovely

    ★★★

    Sometimes filmmakers come out the gate with style & vision but are stuck with mediocre actors & limited resources. Josephine Decker is definitely that case but having said that, there’s something endearing about somebody willing to go all in despite that. The awkwardness of sex scenes with Joe Swanberg just creates more tension.

  • All the Light in the Sky

    All the Light in the Sky

    ★★★

    Could’ve hit harder but enjoyed the simplicity and atmosphere of the film. Might be seen as narcissistic dribble by some but I felt appreciate how Swanberg does aim to for sincerity in most of his work.

  • Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench

    Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench

    ★★★½

    Not great but definitely a small budget film with a vision & style. While definitely rough around it’s edges, Chazelle leans into it give it a post-modern feel (Something he did to much greater effect in Lala Land). While the songs vary in quality, there’s no doubt his ability to direct musical sequences (The trumpet vs tap dancing one in particular was amazing).

  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

    ★★★★½

    A film that proves that 2 people talking in a room can be really impactful. You just need amazing actors, great sets & beautiful lighting.

  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    ★★★★★

    Lockdown madness is really getting to you when you start to envy taxi drivers