• Vincent Gallo as Flying Christ
  • Towelhead

    Towelhead

    ★★

    Had to watch this for my paper on the Gulf War...definitely the weakest Alan Ball project I've seen his name attached to.

  • I ♥ Huckabees

    I ♥ Huckabees

    ★★★

    Loses its steam and doesn’t really go anywhere at the end, but still a pleasantly hilarious ensemble film.

  • Falling Down

    Falling Down

    ★★★½

    When you think about it, this is Pee Wee's Big Adventure by the way of Taxi Driver

  • The Simpsons in Plusaversary

    The Simpsons in Plusaversary

    Commodity fetishism.

  • Three Kings

    Three Kings

    ★★★★

    Reflexive jingoistic pop cinema that could not have been made two years later.

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★

    Chris finishes the 2007 AFI 100 Years, 100 Movies list in 2021: Film 15 of 43

    Leonard Bernstein's music is incredible, this is indubitable. Unfortunately I don’t enjoy Romeo and Juliet as a story on its own, which drags this film down in enjoyment for me. Still, that 70mm cinematography makes a theatrical rewatch of West Side Story alluring. I guess I will see how Spielberg's remake stacks up this week!

  • Metropolitan

    Metropolitan

    ★★★★½

    Is our language so impoverished that we have to use acronyms of French phrases to make ourselves understood?

    While these characters don't exist on a relatable paradigm in some ways (I am not of the UHB), that feeling of the Holidays existing as that liminal space in young adulthood is all too real. Winter break represents that time where you can reconvene your thoughts about your future after the semester ends, at least for a few weeks.

    Metropolitan is also…

  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    ★★★

    Pretty heartfelt film. Also, any people critiquing the kid’s acting have never interacted with a nine year old. All good performances, could have been shorter, also why the black and white?

  • Guardians of Martial Arts

    Guardians of Martial Arts

    This is just that sub-plot in Brewster's Millions where Richard Pryor pays the New York Yankees to play him in an exhibition match but instead, it's Jack Ma paying Wu Jing, Donnie Yen, and Jet Li money so they'll fight him.

  • Belfast

    Belfast

    ★★★½

    An emotionally rich film about finding enjoyment despite the hardships of life. Loved the Van Morrison and inclusion of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and High Noon as meta textual thematic framing devices.

  • The Wandering Earth

    The Wandering Earth

    ★★

    An exhausting exercise in genre cinema. Aesthetic nationalist vomit. But hey, at least it’s comforting to to know that forced emotion through music is a universal screenwriting gimmick.