• How to Make a Monster

    How to Make a Monster

    I can already feel this one sloughing off my brain, but here we go:

    Actually thought the meta stuff was pretty well-done.
    Not too much monster action but the werewolf makeup in particular is really great.
    Ending's kinda rushed but this was a pretty breezy watch and I appreciate that.
    The main protagonist/antagonist ("Villain Protagonist?") is super slimy, nothing gets me to boo a heel like grooming teenagers [gritted teeth emoji]
    Don't think I'll be revisiting this one any time soon, but not too shabby.

  • Crimson Peak

    Crimson Peak

    ★★★★½

    Oh boy, after the last one I wasn't sure if I ever wanted to watch another two-hour movie for a while but Crimson Peak uses its runtime excellently.

    Anyway, fine, you can call it "not a ghost story, but a story with ghosts" but I don't vibe with people not calling this a horror film because if the point of horror is to make the audience feel uncontrollable dread then hoo boy did this one deliver.

    Loved the absolute ride…

  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks

    Bedknobs and Broomsticks

    This is really fun and whimsical when it's moving things along but therein lies the problem: about all the scenes go on for a little too long and it kinda feels like there were maybe ideas for two or three different movies thrown together, so when this thing drags oh boy does it drag.

    The animated segments are definitely the big stand-out, you can tell the artists had a lot of fun with them.

    The main couple have probably the…

  • Forbidden Planet

    Forbidden Planet

    This movie has a lot of really cool ideas, I just wish it didn't wait til the third act to unload most of them.
    Robbie is the best boy and the monster concept is cool as hell and the special effects animation on it is jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

    As far as Svengoolie sci-fi B-movies I've logged on here go this one has probably one of the sloppiest-written female characters though. Does Alta have her own hidden agenda? Is she an artificial…

  • C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America

    C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America

    ★★★½

    Okay I wasn't sure if I was gonna log this because of the touchy subject matter combined with the mockumentary style but I just logged the soviet dog head reanimation film so I have no excuse to leave this one in the dust.

    The exploration of alternate history and how so many things from the 100+ years after this "what if" scenario would be affected is interesting to think about, and the social commentary still manages to be very on-the-nose…

  • Experiments in the Revival of Organisms

    Experiments in the Revival of Organisms

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    [Spoilered mostly for mentions of Gross Stuff That's Probably Unethical, read at your own risk]

    I can't give this a star review, what the hell do you even classify this as, but nonetheless, it sure is on letterboxd.
    For the benefit of my followers' sanity this is also not going in my "There Is a Dog in This Movie" list. There are dogs. The dogs are very good, too good for whatever hell they get put through in this. I…

  • A Monster in Paris

    A Monster in Paris

    ★★★★

    This was super cute! Also actually pretty funny at times, and of course the songs all go harder than they needed to.
    I remember this was pretty popular on tumblr when it first came out so I have no idea why it took me so long to finally watch it. I guess a lot of people think the art style looks cheap and generic, but like a lot of things, I think it looks better in motion.

  • Teeth

    Teeth

    ★★★★

    Everybody always talks about this like "heehoo vagina teeth movie lmao so gross so wacky" but it's actually a really well-done portrayal of being a girl and coming to terms with all the ugly parts of one's sexuality and how our society treats women's sexuality.
    Also with a good helping of the "all men are creeps" and "not knowing what the hell's going on with your body" schools of anxiety.

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    ★★★★½

    Oh hell yes this is still a delight. I absolutely love the combination of the cinematography with the animation style. I can't believe I am so invested in a fox having a mid-life crisis.
    But then again, I do enjoy a good heist now and again.

  • La Cage aux Folles

    La Cage aux Folles

    ★★★½

    Plot's a little spotty at times but it was nice to watch a movie with normalized, positive LGBT characters at the front and center, especially an older (for the sake of this, I'll say that meaning "pre-new millennium" movie).
    I heard this was also a musical so put this down as another one for "movies I thought were going to be musicals and got severely let down by."

  • Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

    Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

    ★★★★

    Okay I'm gonna agree that the bargain-bin not-phil collins songs kinda drag it down but I had not seen this before until tonight and I otherwise thought it was absolutely excellent. Beautifully animated (some weird 2d/3d hybrid stuff that sticks out but I don't think it's aged too horribly), powerful message, and as the kids would say, "hit me right in the feels."
    Fuck colonialism, return to horsey

  • UHF

    UHF

    ★★★½

    There's enough kinda dated/cringey stuff that I can't in good conscience give this movie a full four stars based on how I do my ratings, but this was surprisingly very charming. Alternates between being a message of the importance of creative authenticity and community support and being a gigantic shitpost and I love it as both of those things.