• Spirited

    Spirited

    ★★★½

    my mom pointed at Ryan Reynolds and said "he's good who is he" I think I'm failing my family

  • Miami Vice

    Miami Vice

    ★★★

    hilariously overserious, as though every moment is mere milliseconds from the eruption of wanton destruction unless our guys exude enough sheer coolness to save it. it's like that one-liner about how we're always 2 min from death but every time you breathe the clock resets, except it's the annihilation of world order reset by how often the characters emanate excessive coolness

  • Strange World

    Strange World

    ★★★

  • Bones and All

    Bones and All

    ★★★★

    I feel like I'm seeing myself too, that's how this works.

    Love as the deepest discomfort and profound catharsis of accepting and embracing the most terrifying reflection of your own shadow, not because you've rationalized its virtue but because you've stopped judging yourself in parts and accepted your whole, bones and all.

  • The Menu

    The Menu

    ★★

    deeply distasteful, and that it both preys on and critiques the morbid intrigue of audience; that it challenges the notion of digestibility as a virtue; that it detests the appreciators of its craft - "you like this? he's insulting you!" all just makes it for nobody other than the ironically detached viewer with no soul and so little interest that they can enjoy it as a slice of entertainingly insipid nothingness. a satire of art, artist, and audience all at…

  • My Father's Dragon

    My Father's Dragon

    ★★★

    cartoon saloon has established a reputation for crafting pictures with a certain ethereality, literalizing the innocence of childhood as magical and fantastical, folklore steeped in the honesty of pure imagination. considering this, labeling any of their films as "childish" seems to miss the point; and yet one can't help but compare this to their other celtic folktales and note the maturity those films capture that my father's dragon somehow narrowly misses. that's not to say this isn't excellent, so much…

  • Terrifier 2

    Terrifier 2

    As someone who thoroughly enjoys the original Terrifier, I'm surprised by how much I hated nearly every vile misanthropic second of this. As film theory goes, horror and comedy are linked in their willingness to go over the top - exaggeration and absurdity are key elements in the construction of a comedy film, while excess is vital to the creation of horror. Both genres rely on a similar building of tension, and are then defined by how they choose to…

  • The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    ★★★★½

    i like movies

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    ★★★

    A deeply sad film, in that it's a letdown because it has no other choice but to be, because there was no way it could be anything else. The first movie is the rare Marvel film with an actual pulse and beating heart, and while this sequel maintains the emotional core and is leagues above the embarrassingly low bar the studio sets for itself in general, it never comes close to the highs of its predecessor beyond simply addressing how…

  • Lady in the Lake

    Lady in the Lake

    ½

    i've seen it said that this is "undeniably ambitious" but i'm just gonna go right ahead and deny it. this thing has a single gimmick and that's it - not an investing plot, not interesting characters, not intriguing mystery, not a captivating throughline, just a single gimmick that gets old before the end of the first scene. normally i'd talk about the awkwardness of relying on a POV male gaze to entice the audience into feeling like every woman on screen is super into them but it was honestly just way too boring to merit such effort. abysmal to an embarrassing degree.

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★★★★

    You used to be nice! Did you used to be nice? Oh god... maybe you never used to be nice.

    You see them around, you're supposed to just be friends now, but the sudden implementation of boundaries is like every joy you've ever known dying before you. They don't hate you, but they'd rather mutilate themselves and jeopardize their passion and well-being than be anything more than someone you pass on the street. And sure, Colm's intentions likely aren't unkind…

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★

    a gorgeous looking film so impeccably crafted and deeply personal that I can look past the highschool-level existentialism (we're all part of the universe not independent individuals within it, we're not insignificant so much as infinitesimally infinite bla bla life and death, creation and destruction are all just part of existence and it's all beautiful and terrible bla bla. everything is everything and we're all a part of the divine oneness, you get the gist) and see the forest of…