• The Exorcist III

    The Exorcist III

    An unusually brutal and pessimistic psychological thriller, at times so unbelievably savage. The fact that Blatty got to make this, and that even the studio-shoehorned exorcism scene at the end is still so bonkers and borderline too much for a mainstream audience to handle, is astonishing. I don't know, risky  and great sequels that are long in the making are so rare (think: this was the same year as Godfather Part III and this has a more loyal cult following),…

  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist

    Seen this literally hundreds of times and finally noticed the space heater sitting on the floor in Regan's room during the exorcism. That was a mildly funny moment for me. Movie still scares the fuck out of me.

  • Stand by Me

    Stand by Me

    Hits like a train.

  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    On fourth viewing (which seems unprecedented for a movie like this in just three years since its release), that was the most hilarious and shocking this movie has been for me, the zenith of whatever Lars von Trier was going for during the 2010s.

  • Crazy, Stupid, Love.

    Crazy, Stupid, Love.

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

    +
    Gosling
    Gosling + Stone
    Gosling + Carrell
    Tomei
    'David Lindhagan' as a character name


    -
    the soundtrack
    Joey King
    children giving each other their child porn
    that stupid fucking speech at the end
    matter of fact the entire last 25 minutes or so


    nets slightly positive

  • Jaws

    Jaws

    Sharks have been around since the age of dinosaurs but this shark movie was the meteor to all other shark movies

  • Cruella

    Cruella

    Make every movie 2.5 hours again! Christ this was the first in their relentless IP shitwave that at least felt like an original film. I'd thank you Disney but gratitude is for losers

  • The Matrix Revolutions

    The Matrix Revolutions

    Oh cool, all three of these are still (on the spectrum of) good. This is the first rewatch of Revolutions that I enjoyed! Visual effects definitely hold up. If you like these movies, go out and get the 4K discs, they're fuckin righteous.

  • The Squid and the Whale

    The Squid and the Whale

    Keep coming back to this. Finally I really enjoy it! Maybe my favorite pre-Gerwig Baumbach, which is officially the most pretentious thing I've ever said.

  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Expenses

    Abortion - $75
    Rod Stewart - $60?

    A minor qualm I have with the recent Criterion release is the sound mix drowning a lot of the dialogue in the soundtrack. Still one of my favorites, probably my all-time favorite high school movie.

  • My Own Private Idaho

    My Own Private Idaho

    I didn't know Shakespeare wrote a play about the unrequited love of Keanu Reeves

  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist

    ★★★★★

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

    Batshit insane, lightning in a bottle for 1973, capturing its time better than even normal dramas in its time (like, whatever won Best Picture the year this came out) but also transcending its own time in telling a wildly dynamic and arresting tale of good and evil. Good and evil alike transcend boundaries, geography, walls, flesh. Both possess each of us.

    Credit to the excellent novel and script by Blatty, but the sheer desperation in each of the characters at…