I watched this last night and was initially pretty neutral good on it. I liked it. Sat on it a bit more and I like it quite a bit more now. It has such a unique atmosphere and gorgeous slow pace that I can't discount. It really is a /cool/ movie. I think, for me, it still lacks in the relationships between the characters though. I wish there was more spark, conversation, and human connection. But I think that's just a stylistic preference. Great film.
Before Sunset 2004
This whole film is flawless, but the last scene in the apartment is pure cinematic magic. The delivery of the final lines is perfection.
And a magnificent journey to get there. Driven entirely by authentic conversation and the best tracking shots you've ever seen. Moving briskly in real time this movie revels in the complex emotions of missed connections, memories, aging, and existential yearning.
The Worst Person in the World 2021
I don't know what it is but when I see a movie told in "chapters" I just know it's going to be my jam.
This is an incredible vignette. A beautiful and unfiltered view of a life and the meaningful ways in which our lives collide with others -- gently, chaotically, spontaneously, gradually, and inexplicably all at once.
Role Models 2008
Very fun! Paul Rudd plays this perfectly.
Pokémon: Hisuian Snow 2022
This is really good! I wish there were more Pokemon shows in this style and in the Hisui region more generally.
Theater Camp 2023
Okay, but why did I cry during the finale?
I think I was unnecessarily critical of this the first time around. Standing on its own, this is a very fun action comedy that is anchored by an excellent performance from Paul Rudd. His charm adds investment to the story and a lightness to the action. Excited to revisit the sequel in preparation for the third installment next month.
Young. Wild. Free. 2023
I really enjoyed this one. It doesn't quite stick the landing, but the performances and direction are stellar. I was immediately drawn to the characters and loved watching their story unfold.
The Banshees of Inisherin 2022
Obviously, the relationship between Farrell and Gleeson is the main attraction here. But this also quietly features one of my favorite sibling dynamics I've seen portrayed on film.
House of Wax 2005
This is so fun! Never takes itself too seriously and deviates just enough from the standard fare to keep it interesting. And really, the whole thing is worth it for that final set piece and climactic scene.
Drinking Buddies 2013
This hit different at 29 than it did at 19.
Violent Night 2022
Never really settles on a satisfying tone. Swings back and forth and somehow manages to be boring in parts, which is not how a movie like this should feel. I hate dinging movies for length, but this really is 20 minutes too long.
Despite this, there is still creativity and fun here. Lots of the kills are jolly good fun and the Santa lore surprisingly worked really well. Just wish it was tighter and more focused. Oh well, decent holiday watch.