• Xtro

    Xtro

    ★★★★★

    Alien as written by Freud. A viscerally gross and visually inventive piece of sci-fi horror, and a great showcase for shoestring budgets really bringing out the creativity in artists.

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★★

    my first favourite movie as a dumb teen, still holds up as one of the best western action movies, as well as a time capsule of pre-9/11 aesthetics. some gorgeous cinematography and exquisite action scenes, and who can resist dragula? hyped for part 4, gotta rewatch those sequels cos people say they are better than i remember

    oh yeah bla bla bla baudrillard reference etc

  • Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    has zero interesting things to say. one of the worst films of the current true crime fad. i want to see a good movie with zac efron as a serial killer though

  • The Haunting of Hill House

    The Haunting of Hill House

    its fine. definitely looks like a netflix series in a bad way, and frankly I'm sick of horror unsubtly 'about trauma', but the acting was pretty great and it was well made. starting the bly manor one now.

    (ps. read the shirley jackson book)

  • Collateral

    Collateral

    ★★★★★

    max - the lumpenproletariat - is confronted by cold, brutal, machinistic capital, personified by vincent. dialectics ensue. mann shoots LA in a digital nocturnal haze. the most appropriate casting of tom cruise in any film?

  • America: The Motion Picture
  • The Last Blockbuster

    The Last Blockbuster

    i miss blockbuster. one time I went to one when they were closing down and they were selling their stock. picked up a blu ray of twelve monkeys and a dvd of inception for six dollars all up.

  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    the first bo burnham thing I've seen outside of youtube clips and... woof. musical comedy already doesn't really do it for me and his whole disingenuous forced sincerity is irritating. being ironic and self-deprecatory about your ego doesn't make you any less narcissistic. the sock puppet epic leftist breadtube bit was excruciating. not funny enough for comedy and not insightful enough for something more personal.

    my prediction for all covid-era comedy: will age terribly and be gladly forgotten

  • The Hitman's Bodyguard

    The Hitman's Bodyguard

    a non-entity of a movie.

  • Céline and Julie Go Boating

    Céline and Julie Go Boating

    ★★★★★

    a fantastical slapstick odyssey haunted by metatextual sirkian melodrama. rivette is a master of suffusing magic into even the most mundane of situations. one of the most interestingly structured films, esp with its use of repetition and rhythm.

    unassumingly poignant, delightfully charming, slyly intelligent. a masterpiece.

  • Clueless

    Clueless

    ★★★★★

    >>> mean girls

  • Gladio

    Gladio

    ★★★★★

    been meaning to learn about gladio, feel like this was a good primer. gotta read the book now