• Bodies Bodies Bodies

    Bodies Bodies Bodies

    "Can't we just talk?"
    "I don't want to."

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    ★★★★★

    The Ministry cameo was one of Kubrick's ideas

  • The Omen

    The Omen

    Can see this and 1968's Rosemary's Baby being two sides of the Roe v Wade coin. But this is either shockingly modern, or horror really hasn't moved past it. A lot of the annoying foreshadowing and exposition we see in this genre is done really well here. The payoffs hit so well every time, where the doom is the horror, rather than the expectation. It's not perfect but it's so melodramatic and moody, honestly I think it's a minor goth masterpiece.

    Above all else, the most worthwhile thing about it is the score, some of the most unforgettable horror music in this thing. So fucking good.

  • All That Jazz

    All That Jazz

    Last hour is some of the saddest shit conceivable. A lot to take in that it mostly wafted over me in the moment and the clarity of its thematic weight must have prompted me to have some of the most hellish nightmares I've had in a long time. I understand certain reviews of this film that talk about the joy they feel when watching something this lavish and decadant, but man I felt so fucking sad especially in that last…

  • Yesterday

    Yesterday

    Putting this in the same tab as The Rocker or Yes Man, a category of films that are really dumb and not that funny, and in fact not even very successful at tackling their main premise with any nuance...but are sweet and satisfying in the same hollow way that junk food can be. I like a shitty sap-fest, what can I say? I'm not even the biggest Beatles fan, and maybe if this were about like, I don't know, Nine Inch…

  • Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

    Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

    The School of Rock on THC and Psilocybin?

    Deeply deeply nostalgic for me. Just like Hook is for milennials born in the late 80s, I think you need to have been born in the late 90s and have discovered this movie at a far-too-young age to find it even a little funny. I might be wrong, but the only people I know who love it as much as I do are the people I discovered this with. 

    I'm also watching this after a profoundly dumb experience at Guitar Center, so this movie hit super nice today.

  • Mallrats

    Mallrats

    These characters used to be fringe: not everyone knew who Stan Lee was. Nuanced conversations about whether or not Superman can have sex with regular women without killing them was not normal behavior, and I guarantee you that same topic of discussion or worse is more common today and in more public forums; but hey, this movie displays Kevin Smith's certain confident passion probably moreso than his best movies. As the world slowly but surely caught up with him, his…

  • Ouija: Origin of Evil

    Ouija: Origin of Evil

    Worth it for what Mike Flanagan cashed this check for

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    I'll always prefer the renegade cheapness, quiet coolness and deep horror of the first film...but this is clearly the better movie, akin to the relationship that the two Blade Runner films have. Hopefully Blade Runner will survive unscathed by a relentless succession of increasingly inferior sequels, but who could blame the dream machine capitalists for chasing this perfection? 

    Brad Fiedel's composing career is perfect, sparse and punctuated with industry milestones similar to Cameron's. I don't think this score gets proper shrift but…

  • Control

    Control

    Refreshingly unflattering take on the music-biopic genre. Was a favorite movie of mine when I was getting to know post-punk as a teen. Still holds up thankfully, as a deeply empathetic but nonetheless damning glimpse into Ian Curtis's self-destruction and the collateral damage he inflicted on his family and bandmates. Lots of nuance to the presentation here, just a solid, firmly grounded movie about one of music's most mythologized figures.

  • Freaky Friday

    Freaky Friday

    In these body swap movies it's always the older actor that is a) having more fun; b) giving a better performance; c) the bud of a joke involving an inappropriately younger person trying to fuck them. Jamie Lee Curtis gives one of the best performances in this genre. Lindsay Lohan isn't lagging too far behind. Love the Asian jokes.

  • Nope

    Nope

    Fucking outstanding. A goddamn filmmaker's love letter to his fellow filmmakers. To the ones with skin in the game: Hoyte Van Hoytema delivered the goods; Michael Abels stepped up and was the Williams to Peele's Spielberg. Also, really fucking scary! Wow!

    Shoutout Jesus Lizard shirt