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  • The Big Lebowski
  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  • All About Eve
  • After Life

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  • Quo Vadis, Aida?

  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

  • The Shining

  • The Lady Eve

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  • Aftersun


    Memories are like polaroid photos in reverse, gradually un-developing. Fuzzy reflections in the black screen of an unused television. They’re distorted half-truths, incomplete pictures colored by emotion and perception and time. It’s a flawed system but it’s what we have. 

    Charlotte Wells’ Aftersun is a film grappling with memory. It’s the story of a woman (Sophie) trying to remember and understand her father (Calum) by focusing on a vacation they went on when she was a girl. Everything we see…

  • Petite Maman

    Petite Maman

    Nelly observes her mother. This is what we are shown as the film begins. Nelly sits in the car and watches from a distance as her parents speak to each other. Nelly tries to glean how her mother is feeling from the backseat, catching glimpses of eyes in the rearview mirror. Nelly sits on her grandmother's hospital bed and watches her mother gaze out the window, only able to see her from behind. So many of these early shots of the…

Recent reviews

  • Quo Vadis, Aida?

    Quo Vadis, Aida?

    Utterly devastating. A total gut-punch. In Quo Vadis, Aida? we bear witness to the most horrific kind of inhumanity. Mass genocide. Ethnic cleansing. We see an institution as supposedly powerful as the UN fail to protect thousands of innocent civilians due to bureaucracy, negligence, incompetence. This is another story in a long history of stories about the pointlessness of war, the banality of evil, and what happens when good men stand by and do nothing in the face of that…

  • The Lady Eve

    The Lady Eve

    This might just be the sexiest Hays Code era film I’ve ever seen. Ebert was right on the money when he opened his Great Movies review with:

    “If I were asked to name the single scene in all of romantic comedy that was sexiest and funniest at the same time, I would advise beginning at six seconds past the 20-minute mark in Preston Sturges' "The Lady Eve,” and watching as Barbara Stanwyck toys with Henry Fonda's hair in an unbroken…

Popular reviews

  • Oppenheimer


    Christopher Nolan is a master of craft. No denying it. The cinematography, the sound, the set design, the score, the costumes, the performances - all top notch. I can appreciate that level of craft. Still, I don’t know how I feel about the movie. Maybe I’m still too close to it. To be honest I’m not sure what to write, exactly. Still processing. I don’t think I liked it very much.

    I’m less interested in the traditional biopic tropes found…

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    On an island like Inisherin where there are no more trees, the sound of a banshee’s wailing will carry far, catching the wind and expanding out over the hills like a ripple from a stone dropped in a pond. To hear the faint yet piercing sound of mournful crying in the distance is to receive a warning. Death is coming. 

    The myth of the wailing banshee is a distinctly Irish one. It grew out of the noises made by professional…