• Anita

    Anita

    ★★★

    Leung Lok-man is the person who stepped up to bat and try to achieve the impossible; to clarify and put to film the life of one of the most beloved figures in Asian pop history. A career and life so sprawling and eventful, at so many points felt like Anita’s life was trying to break free of the constraints of the 2.5 hour runtime.

    I think Leung achieves what he sets out to do. Anita is a moving and encompassing portrait…

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★½

    i know this will only grow on me. was a breath of life after a draining week. love

  • House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    ★★★★

    After hearing really middle of the road takes on this I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this and how much I was sold on this film. Ridley’s House of Gucci is sprawling. He really stretches out the story. Nothing is told in montage in this film, everything that is moved forward in this film is done by the actors playing their roles. Stylistically, Ridley pares back - washing the film in desaturated tones and simple camerawork. And…

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★½

    What a wild fucking ride haha. Everything on screen was at 100 and I thought the body horror was awful and disgusting in the best way. So many issues being brought up just by the horror elements alone about our bodies and gender and parents and children. Extremely fascinating imagery that Ducournau puts out there without needing to explain herself. But the meadering of the first act and then the quickly settling in to a clear emotional situation in the…

  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

    Overwhelmingly good. 2 for 2 this year with Hamaguchi. This one takes it time and makes a home within, purging emotions out. Wow

    Also I have a new dream car..

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★

    Kristen Stewart's performance really makes this movie but I guess I was too impressed with Larraín's previous two outings so this felt a tiny bit dissapointing. I don't think it is all his fault though, the tone achieved by Claire Mathon's camera and Johnny Greenwood's score (though at times feeling like imitations of Britell's Succession work) allow us to feel how locked in Diana felt that weekend.

    The problem here in my opinion is that Steven Knight's script was already…

  • The Little Girl Who Conquered Time

    The Little Girl Who Conquered Time

    ★★★★

    Obayashi’s cinematic voice is so singular his films sort of deserve their own categorization. They’re so youthful, naive, full of energy and life. The Little Girl Who Conquered Time might be my least favorite Obayashi film but this is by no means a bad film at all. Only wished the time traveling shenanigans started a little earlier but I loved the stop motion going through time sequence and the young romance at the center of it all. Also the town of Onomichi is so beautiful in this film and there’s really a sense of wonder to the space.

    Nobuhiko Obayashi ranked

  • Labyrinth of Cinema

    Labyrinth of Cinema

    ★★★★★

    When you’re given the chance to roll the credits on your own filmmaking life, how would you do it? Would you leave quietly or would you blow everyone away with a magnum opus. 

    Obayashi wanted to make his own mark on cinema and boy did he. While Obayashi’s style could be seen as a distancing device, the match cuts between time periods and situations really floored me. There was not a dry eye in the theater by the last 30 minutes.

    Nobuhiko Obayashi ranked

  • Bound

    Bound

    ★★★★½

    I keep on drawing parallels between Wachowskis' sex and genre with Verhoeven's sex and genre. Gershon was cast after Dino Di Laurentiis saw Showgirls so we can basically say these 3 directors hand in hand ruled 90s US cinema.

  • Adele One Night Only

    Adele One Night Only

    Beginning 30 week right. New songs are gorgeous

  • The Matrix Reloaded

    The Matrix Reloaded

    ★★★★½

    Yes so much of this. No one does it like Lana and Lilly. Take Reloaded on its own terms. The Wachowskis have different concerns this time around and they are unafraid to flip everything on it’s head. So many highlights in this but must applaud the sexiness. I was too young to get it the first time but now I just say thank you.

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★★

    this was my favorite movie as a kid and every rewatch I've had in my adult years has slowly reaffrimed child me. nothing holds a candle to how sleek, cool and sexy this film is. action sequences put movies today to shame. and the Wachowski's commitment to believing and fully commiting to their characters and the world of the film really sells this for me. the sincerity and the gravity of the position Neo finds himself in at the end…