• Jazz on a Summer's Day

    Jazz on a Summer's Day

    Roach, Chico, Monk, Hall, Satchmo, Dolphy, not to mention the players left out (how do you leave out Miles Davis…). Goddamn I wish I was there. But this is an alright substitute I think - despite valid critiques about whitewashing (...that's how) and the film's original intentions which were less concerned with music and the performers - and actually somewhat expansive thanks to its free-flowing interpretation of Newport, the surroundings and people.

  • Bullet Train

    Bullet Train

    ★½

    The only consistently great thing about this movie is Brian Tyree Henry. And his banter with Aaron Taylor-Johnson. But mostly Brian Tyree Henry.

  • The Lost Weekend

    The Lost Weekend

    ★★★½

    There are multiple scenes where Don is being shunned away from a place or laughed and shouted at. A lot of those are at least somewhat valid scenes like when he steals the purse but it got me thinking about urban spaces and exclusivity even in places where the space is "open for everyone." This isn't depicted in the film in any meaningful manner because most places are exclusive to begin with like restaurants where the owners and managers decide…

  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    ★★★★

    Hmmm, one of my sisters says this is her favorite and I don't blame her. Ghost Protocol is a phenomenal piece of work with slight flaws as Jeremy Renner replaces Rhames and a rather inconsequential cat and mouse game with the Russian guy is thrown in. Nevertheless, there's much to admire. The prison opening is probably my favorite of the series, although the third one's opening gives it a run for its money; Bird balances the amount of set pieces,…

  • Mission: Impossible III

    Mission: Impossible III

    ★★★½

    We had to postpone our watch party because after watching MI2 my sister was infected with Chimera and died (it was COVID and she’s better now) but we moved on so the celebration of Ethan Hunt's antics continued with the entry I was most excited to revisit. I've mentioned in a review how this third one is the first Mission Impossible movie I saw and made me fall in love with Tom Cruise's running. The scene at the end where…

  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★★★

    The single most inspiring, peaceful, touching and simple movie I've seen. This was the perfect rewatch before my birthday (which is today) because right now it feels really good to have rediscovered the self-fullfillment and self-expression, beauty, and small oddities in oneself and in the landscape around you (or the appreciation for them). I often like to say I have no creativity and many times people answer with similar statements about themselves but Paterson reminds that there's an artist in…

  • Youth

    Youth

    ★★★★

    Nothing in life is everlasting. We're trapped in a cycle of openings and closures at every stage. It's a fact to which more weight accumulates when observed through aging - somewhat coherent minds as the last bastions trying to fend for withering bodies - and all the lost time that one never gets back; moments forgotten; things done that should be celebrated and reflected upon. And regretted. From regret rises questions about personal happiness and fulfillment in the form of…

  • The Mother and the Whore

    The Mother and the Whore

    ★★★★

    Doing minor disservice to his characters, Eustache stretches out The Mother and the Whore to nearly four hours, rigorously keeping true to the close-up-heavy, character-oriented and monologue-infested style which he establishes early on. As the movie goes on and on it allows Leaud (once again, what an actor!) to entertain but his character to exhaust the audience with Alexandre's directionless jabbering and sexual conquests void of emotion. To support his actors and their strict, dutifully rehearsed dialogue Eustache crafts a…

  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★

    Luhrmann's Elvis is not so much a successful biopic as it is a dissertation about show business preceded by decades and decades of similar stories. What differentiates it from the pack is Luhrmann's distinctly bonkers style that pummels forward Butler and Hanks' shackled transformations and the barely functional profile of Elvis to a point where they are no longer necessary for the film to succeed. Many fault the movie for that pointing to reasons I tend to agree with but…

  • The Last Waltz

    The Last Waltz

    Mavis Staples and Garth Hudson stole the show

  • We're Going to the Zoo

    We're Going to the Zoo

    ★★

    Perhaps the real zoo was the friends we made along the way

  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

    The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

    This

    The only truly worthwhile parts of this documentary are the portions that deal with the relationship between the early, Black nationalist and armed revolution phase of the Panthers and the state violence inflicted through policies, police operations, and other measures as well as the infighting that would follow partly due to questions of violence and contradictions between reformist and revolutionary ideas that would ignite after actions against the Party by the institutions of the state. All of this would…