• Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

    Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

    3/10
    This is noooooottttt it. But it's also hilariously 2000s and kind of insane so I can't totally hate it. Interesting production design and editing at points. Also I really like the poster.

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  • Freaky Friday

    Freaky Friday

    ★★★

    6/10
    Had one of the quintessential VHS previews of my childhood but I never saw the movie for some reason. Pretty fun stuff. The concept of body switching and the situations it entails here stress me out so much. The fortune cookie thing is really dated (ya know, in a racist way), but this was funny and charming otherwise. The brief Lindsay Lohan marathon continues.

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    Guilty Pleasures

  • The Parent Trap

    The Parent Trap

    ★★★½

    7/10
    Not sure how many times I've seen it.

    Rating is tentative, maybe an 8? Was honestly feeling a potential 9 during the first act, it was so nostalgic and joyful. The rest is tons of fun too but the adults are too boring of characters for me to feel as fulfilled by the end as I wanted to be but, hey, at least they're hot. The most enjoyable aspect is obviously Lohan's dual performance, what a damn icon. Also,…

  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    ★★★★★

    10/10
    My second watch.

    "Well, well, look who's inside again. Went out to look for a reason to hide again."

    This stuck with me, as Burnham's work does, so I thought I'd enjoy it more with another viewing but holy shit. Totally forgot the "All Eyes On Me" scene even existed but I cried through the whole song. Only making this comparison because they were two of my favorites of last year, but this special feels like a melding of…

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★½

    9/10
    My third watch.
    Thematic spoilers I guess maybe kinda?

    All the Carey Mulligan scenes are probably my favorites, but there are obviously so many others that are incredible. I find the scene with the doctor and the scene with F. Murray Abraham to be particularly poignant. Music's also super therapeutic.

    Hate to bring up the "I'm so fucking tired. I thought I just needed a night's sleep but it's more than that" line in every review but I kinda…

  • Phoenix

    Phoenix

    ★★★½

    7/10
    Criterion Challenge #19 - 2010s

    Super depressing concept. Obviously parallels Vertigo but I totally forgot I'd heard that comparison until I realized it myself. I think that Transit is still my favorite of what I've seen of Petzold's work, but this was intriguing and haunting in its own way (with a great performance from Hoss). Some of these moments are just utterly painful.

    EDIT: Don't think the ending hit me as hard as it has others, based on what…

  • In The Heights

    In The Heights

    ★★★½

    7/10
    "Say it, so it doesn't disappear."

    This felt so important by the end. MUSIC IS MUSIC TO MY EARS!

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  • Bo Burnham: Make Happy

    Bo Burnham: Make Happy

    ★★★★½

    9/10
    My second watch.
    Same thing as what. for me in that I probably enjoy these songs more when I listen to them individually rather than as part of a special, but, as with what. once again, there's no denying that most Bo's songs and bits here have had a huge impact on me over the past few years.

    This is almost definitely my favorite comedy special I think? Forgot how hard the ending hits (despite that I listen to…

  • At Eternity's Gate

    At Eternity's Gate

    ★★★★

    8/10
    My second watch.
    Structure and visuals are obviously reminiscent of late-era Malick, though I prefer this to any post-Tree of Life Malick (plus it's in line with Schnabel's pre-late-Malick style anyway). The stuff about art, beauty, why people create, etc. resonated super profoundly for me when I saw this in theaters - less so now but I still think those themes are conveyed so interestingly and beautifully. I like this movie very much.

  • Bo Burnham: What.

    Bo Burnham: What.

    ★★★★

    8/10
    My third watch.
    Between an 8 and a 9 for me right now I think.
    I feel like it's not as well-balanced as Bo's later specials, plus some of the jokes here are a bit dated, but this has some of the material that has stuck with me the most. "Sad" and "From God's Perspective" are both songs I listen to often, and the whole "We Think We Know You" bit was and still might be my favorite bit/song of Burnham's career. Pretty excellent all around.

  • Raya and the Last Dragon

    Raya and the Last Dragon

    ★★★½

    6/10
    Don't know how to rate movies but this was fun! The different landscapes were cool. Maybe a 7 if I'm feelin fancy - I feel mean giving it this rating but idk yet if I liked it enough to raise the rating. Still, it put me in a pretty good mood by the end.

    EDIT: Up to a 7! Maybe against my better judgement? Thinking back, I probably didn't like it enough to justify this but this movie still made me feel happy and that's good enough for me!

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  • Us Again

    Us Again

    ★★★

    6/10
    This was kinda cute. The fear of aging is a cool theme imo so I enjoyed that element.

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