• Reality Bites

    Reality Bites

    ★★★

    6/10
    Really cute! I think the whole love triangle would work way better if Hawke's character wasn't only nice so sporadically. I get why he's jealous when he's jealous and panicked when he's panicked and the film intentionally points out his pretentions and mines them for funny/interesting scenes, but he still just comes across as a dick and I don't think his dynamic with Ryder is fleshed out enough for me to buy their attachment. Still, this is definitely full of fun and occasionally poignant moments. Quite loved Janeane Garofalo and Steve Zahn here.

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  • Bodies Bodies Bodies

    Bodies Bodies Bodies

    ★★★½

    7/10
    Closets closets closets closets

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  • Michael Clayton

    Michael Clayton

    ★★★½

    7/10
    Good ass movie right here, right from the arresting opening sequence. Some of Clooney's best work.

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  • After Blue (Dirty Paradise)

    After Blue (Dirty Paradise)

    ★★★

    6/10
    I wish this were a bit more narratively psychedelic to match the gorgeous, acid-dipped visual style (i.e. the storytelling approach does feel closer to straightforward, hard sci-fi than I think it needs to), but I think the real complaint here is that this overstays its welcome a little bit. Still, there's so much visual beauty and so many unique ideas all over this thing even when its influences can be clearly felt. Not quite as entrancing as I'd hoped but certainly an experience worth having.

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  • The Blair Witch Project

    The Blair Witch Project

    ★★★½

    7/10
    My second watch
    Classic spook stuff. Really appreciate these characters, I think it's easy for movie dialogue to seem corny in something that's this stripped back in presentation, which it does a couple of times, but, at least for the most part, the performances keep it all feeling like these characters would really interact in these specific ways.

  • Okja

    Okja

    ★★★★

    8/10
    My third watch
    The writing and tone have a lot of imperfections but there are so many good moments here and it ends up a pretty devastating experience.

  • Les Vampires: Episode Seven - Satanas

    Les Vampires: Episode Seven - Satanas

    ★★★

    6/10
    Love how over-the-top these are, one dude had a canon inside his walls that rolled out automatically so he could he fire it out his window. This is barely about Guérande and Mazamette anymore, but the boys are taking some big Ws recently.

  • Mission: Impossible III

    Mission: Impossible III

    ★★★½

    7/10
    My second watch
    I'm not crazy about the shaky camerawork but holy shit this thing fucking rules. Filled with great action set pieces, but even beyond those, that Vatican sequence is out of this world and Philip Seymour Hoffman is such a great presence here. Been having a hard time focusing today and this still managed to kind of blow me away at points. Awesome movie, so hyped to watch the rest of these movies.

  • Prey

    Prey

    ★★½

    5/10
    Cool imagery, fun kills, etc. but this didn't really have the immediacy or intensity to keep me very engaged. The mystery and spectacle of it might've worked more for me if it were simply its own thing rather than part of a franchise with an already existing villain.

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  • Predator

    Predator

    ★★★

    6/10
    Something was hindering my enjoyment a bit, maybe stress or distraction or something, but this was pretty cool. I especially liked the second act, the tense cat-and-mouse aspect of the hunt felt quite present there, though the ending didn't quite live up to that for me.

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  • Arcade Fire: Madison Square Garden New York, NY 2010-08-05

    Arcade Fire: Madison Square Garden New York, NY 2010-08-05

    ★★★★½

    9/10
    High-key some of the best shit I've ever heard in my life, just so powerful. Régine and her shiny dress and hurdy gurdy are so cool lol.

    "They heard me singing and they told me to stop
    Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock.
    These days my life, I feel it has no purpose
    But late at night the feelings swim to the surface."

  • Mission: Impossible II

    Mission: Impossible II

    4/10
    My second watch
    Borderline embarrassing (the writing is so funny and Thandiwe Newton really deserved a better subplot) but parts of this still rule. The bit in the Biocyte labs or whatever is so fucking cool, I love it. The first three mask reveals suck but that last one is absolutely delectable!