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  • Lone Star

    Lone Star

    ★★★★½

    “It’s a complicated issue.”

    “My government can go fuck itself, and so can yours. I’m talking about people here.”

    History, personal or shared, is a stain that can never be removed. It’s living and fluid, ready at any moment for edits, footnotes, and addendums, but immovable at the base.

    That’s the thesis of many a narrative about the sins of a father and often even the final message. I only wrote about this exact kind of revenge/redemption story days ago…

  • Someone Great

    Someone Great

    ★★½

    A movie that feels written and staged by a millennial tastemaker algorithm down to a product placement moment with bisexual lighting that turns into a poignant memory.

    There’s a kernel of a good idea here and DeWanda Wise wrings out every bit of humanity she can from the script, but every minute strains from the effort to be relatable. In the end, almost nothing feels genuine.

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★

    Hi there, it's been a little while, but I wrote a review. Here's an excerpt of what I wrote for The Film Stage.

    "On a basic level, Paul Thomas Anderson makes films about magnetic presences — figures who emanate such greatness that it’s nearly as impossible for bystanders to be around them as it is to not be around them. Phantom Thread, Anderson’s ninth film, is of a piece with much of his career in that way, telling of a…

  • Ash Is Purest White

    Ash Is Purest White

    ★★★★

    "For the majority of his career, master Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke has made films about those on the periphery – not necessarily outsiders but rather those who previously fit in and have now been displaced by natural or unnatural forces. His films are often self-reflexive, beginning with multiple characters in various parts of China and jumping around time periods to offer a new perspective on the same location whether it’s through the effects of modernization that have disrupted old industries…