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  • The Lobster

    The Lobster

    ★★★

    I absolutely love the premise and the general idea that motivates the film, but I couldn't get into its mono-emotive acting and unflinchingly dry style. Feels more like a didactic allegory than something that is genuinely funny or alive. That's kind of the point, maybe, but it's not for me.

  • Okja

    Okja

    ★★★

    It has some fantastic elements - a couple of excellent chase scenes, some jokes that land really well, and the CGI creatures are remarkable (I say that as someone who dislikes CGI creatures in general and will demand a return to animatronics and puppets on my deathbed). Tilda Swinton is also great, as usual. But overall, the complete package is a miss. The satire is too broad to work and there's an awkward mix between cartoonishness and sentimental messaging that…

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  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    ★★★★★

    The film is loosely based on true events - or some half-remembered, half-fantasy version of them - and Herzog seems to feel that the most accurate method for telling this story is to replicate the conditions of elemental terror that drove the real conquistadors to madness. That commitment to realism means that we get a tangible sense of what it must have been like to stalk through a wilderness that was never meant for human life, all the while clinging…

  • Enter the Anime

    Enter the Anime

    ½

    Very possibly one of the worst "documentaries" I've ever seen. I was prepared for a glossy commercial for Netflix's anime stuff, but somehow I got something much, much worse. The film does absolutely zero to explain or detail or help you to understand anything about anime or about Japan. It's awkwardly reductionist at best and lazy, sloppy, and culturally shallow most of the time.

    The timeline of anime's history, the logic of how it's made, the cultural context behind it,…