You go, I'll hold them off!
Swimming Pool 2003
A twisty little erotic thriller that does a nice job of keeping things simmering despite the languid pace. It does such a nice job, in fact, that I missed the oddly lazy tension when director Fracois Ozon does finally let the pot boil over in the last 20 minutes or so. It's the rare case of a movie that might have benefited from padding that runtime a little to let things unspool a little more organically.
Still, sharply calibrated performances…
It’s Baz, baby! and i mean it when i say that if anyone could get that old music biopic engine to purr again, it’s baz. ten edits when one will suffice? check. using a crane to get the shot on a simple conversation between two guys? check. doja cat needle drop on 1950s beale street? check friggin plus. you don’t have to like it. but it’s baz! what’d you expect?
you’re deposited onto a runaway mine cart with no seatbelts…
Everything Everywhere All at Once 2022
Hard to account for Recency Bias since I'm still coming off the high but while watching this, I asked myself multiple times "is this the best movie I've ever seen?" Probably not, right? I've seen, like, The Godfather. I've seen Seven Samurai. THOSE are the best movies of all time. But is this one of them too? Are film bros in 2075 going to be talking about Everything Everywhere All at Once to bored girlfriends while they all wait for…
Princess Mononoke 1997
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"To see with eyes unclouded by hate" is Ashitaka's mission and potentially the cure to the curse consuming his flesh, but it's also a challenge Miyazaki sets up for himself. A mining town out to raze the pristine beauty of a nearby forest and its mystical inhabitants would seem to set up the good guy/bad guy paradigm pretty neatly. A pack of wolf spirits and their adopted human pup San are fighting back, disrupting Iron Town's machinations and protecting the…