• Angst

    Angst

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

    This movie introduces a dog and makes multiple obvious hints throughout that it's going to be killed, only for it to survive the whole grim ordeal. The killer doesn't even try and kill it, not even when it's attacking him; he mostly ignores the dog while butchering its owners and even lets it leave with him, which ultimately leads to his capture by police. There's a lot to praise about this movie's overwhelming cinematic style and the way in which it explores its protagonist's mindset with such creepy intimacy, but I have to be honest: this movie is mainly a masterpiece because of the dog.

  • Belfast

    Belfast

    Roger Ebert once said that no good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough, but he failed to account for movies like this, which are both too long and too short.

  • Legends of the Fall

    Legends of the Fall

    My Mum is very sensitive about animals being hurt and/or killed in movies, so naturally when we watched this together and young Tristan woke a bear up from its peaceful slumber and chopped one of its claws off, she was horrified and wanted the bear to get revenge and kill Tristan. We joked that this bear replaced its claw with a hook, started calling itself "Hookclaw", and dedicated its life to hunting Tristan down. So, imagine how shocked we were…

  • Woman in the Dunes

    Woman in the Dunes

    ★★★★

    I believe it was Jean-Luc Godard who once said "All you need to make a film is a girl and a fuckton of sand."

  • Cat People

    Cat People

    ★★★★

    Honestly, things probably wouldn't have escalated as much as they did if Oliver wasn't such a two-faced shit.

  • The Sixth Sense

    The Sixth Sense

    ★★★★½

    I'm far from a Shyamalan hater but a big part of me is really, really gutted that he never made anything as powerful or heartwrenching as this ever again, nor did he ever again have such a tender, delicate and empathetic approach to his characters and themes. That the (admittedly pretty cool) twist ended up casting such a gargantuan shadow over everything else in this film within pop culture memory is a goddamn crime.

  • The Muppet Movie

    The Muppet Movie

    ★★★★½

    A shot of happiness in the arm to keep you going through the worst of nights.

  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

    ★★★½

    Second viewing and I still think this suffers from tonal issues - the brutal tone of the violence really doesn't gel with the more lighthearted feel of the rest of the film, although perhaps the multiple instances of bystanders being killed during gunfights serves as a commentary on how that sort of thing rarely ever happens in films but would happen much more often in real life. Nevertheless this is often laugh-out-loud hilarious, the cast is uniformly excellent (though Ryan Gosling and Angourie Rice tower above the rest), and it's charming, amiable and tight enough to never be boring.

  • High Life

    High Life

    ★★

    Too much of the sleazy rapey fuckbox stuff, not enough of the genuinely touching father/daughter stuff. Would legit have loved this if it stuck to being Leave No Trace... In Space, as pedestrian as that might make me sound, because those parts are far more profound in far less time than the numerous attempts at exploring the darker aspects of human sexuality, the point of which ultimately amounts to very little other than shock value. Goddamnit Claire, why do you always give me such mixed feelings about your work?

  • Tangerine

    Tangerine

    ★★★★½

    Spiky, in-your-face and with a constant sense of forward momentum, even when it starts slowing down towards the end like a night of wild partying followed by quiet drunken introspection. I'm amazed that Sean Baker has such a weird apprehension towards shooting digitally when this and the ending of The Florida Project prove not only that it can be used amazingly but that he, specifically, is very good at it; if anything, Tangerine would lose a lot of its acidic…

  • All About My Mother

    All About My Mother

    ★★★½

    Giving this a high rating but with reservations. As a drama it's moving, and in formal terms it's top-notch (especially the cinematography and editing), but I can't quite get to grips with its portrayal of the trans characters, particularly Lola. Partially cross-posting something I discussed on Twitter: I feel like there's an (unintentional) undercurrent of the trans characters being pitiable, almost pathetic, and it's apparent even if contrasted with the cis characters, who are also largely pitiable but not quite…

  • Holy Motors

    Holy Motors

    ★★★★½

    Your life is a performance; your life is a film. Artists are not separate from their art; you must dedicate your life to creating content, because your life is content and its purpose is to be consumed by others, regardless of the cost. You can do the most heinous things as long as it's in the name of producing more content - it can be beautiful, it can be weird, but it must be content, because nothing else matters. Like and subscribe for more.