• Sorcerer

    Sorcerer

    ★★★★★

    pissed at myself for not watching this earlier. absolutely mesmerized by the editing and sound design. the trucks sound like animals; the montage editing is almost hallucinatory. everything just screams a master at the height of his powers.

  • The Tale of Zatoichi

    The Tale of Zatoichi

    ★★★★

    war is the pursuit of greedy men

  • House of Games

    House of Games

    ★★★★½

    fuck yes

  • Machine Gun McCain

    Machine Gun McCain

    ★★★

    Oddball not in the content but how it feels like it's making it up as it goes along. Never really gels despite the intense lead performances and superb location shooting. Check out the John Zorn/Mike Patton version of the theme song! It's weird!

  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
  • Obsession

    Obsession

    ★★★★

    *extremely teen on letterboxd voice*

    Bernard Hermann did not have to go that hard!

  • Crimewave

    Crimewave

    ★★★½

    features, in a nonspeaking role, a young actress who will go on to win three Best Actress Oscars

  • Castle Keep

    Castle Keep

    ★★★★

    did not realize Peter Falk was in this. what a pleasant surprise.

  • Perfect Strangers

    Perfect Strangers

    ★★★★

    My favourite scene in this whole movie was when the ex-husband and the ex-wife sit down for a meal to discuss their problems like adults and they have a real conversation with thoughts and feelings and it isn't a David Mamet play where two characters are constantly sparring or scene designed only to further the plot. It was just two adults who have problems and who don't really have any solutions. You remember when people could have conversations in movies and these scenes weren't just showcases for indie actors to Act and they weren't just vehicles for exposition?

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★★½

    for those of you on the fence, like i was, let me tell you that this isn't radically different. it's the same thing, more or less, but longer, much longer. if you're Snyder-agnostic like i am, this won't sway you either way, i don't think. the most interesting thing about this movie is the aspect ratio; rarely do folks think about aspect ratios and i appreciate that the film is forcing folks to contend with how different aspect ratios do different things.

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    Here are some positive things I can say about this extremely dumb, very bad movie:
    - Pedro Pascal's performance was a delight. Very jazzy, very sincere without being hammy. If the film had been made in the 80s, I could imagine Max Lord being played by Michael Moriarty.
    - Chris Pine is an incredible actor. I think he's one of the best working today but because he's broadly handsome, he ends up doing these kinds of movies.
    - The scene…

  • Sledgehammer

    Sledgehammer

    ★★★★

    what i like about horror films is not their commitment to realism or even gestures towards realism. what i like is that each horror film is its own self-contained universe, each one looking like ours but isn't. the universe of Sledgehammer, like most horror films, is slightly askew, askance, its laws of physics and logic just not quite right. not necessarily dreamlike, though that is the easiest comparison. no, rather, a better explanation is an example. in Time Out of…