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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★½

    Outstanding. Tense, emotional and impressive without feeling flashy. Thomas Newman’s score is terrific! I think some of the most beautiful scenes of the year are in movie. Honestly might watch again! Some scenes in this movie make me really wanna see a Sam Mendes adventure film.

  • 6 Underground

    6 Underground

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    a series of notes i took while building stuff as 6 underground played in the background:

    • Bay has definitely been watching Neveldine and Taylor movies
    • There is an incredible satire about how billionaires ruin countless innocent lives in the pursuit of power and a fantastical idea of “the greater good” somewhere in the bones of this movie. But like, waaaaay deep in there.
    • Jesus Christ the callousness with which people in this movie die... seeing bodies go limp…

  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★½

    Managed to catch another screening of Little Women and unfortunately, my impressions didn't change much. Not at all for me.

    This film is paced so quickly that it feels like it's made specifically for people who are fans of the book and don't need time to sink into who these characters are, which is maybe why I don't love it. I don't know the story at all! Ease me in! I'm a dumb dumb little baby boy!

    The timeline stuff…

  • The Strange Thing About the Johnsons

    The Strange Thing About the Johnsons

    ★★★

    I would pay at least $10 to read an extensive interview with one (1) of Ari Aster’s nuclear family members.

  • The Souvenir

    The Souvenir

    ★★★★

    a stunning but slow-burning entry in the annals of "i get it, and can sort of relate, but for the love of god please dump him" cinema

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Pelle's very first line/moment:

    MARK: See? You could be getting that girl pregnant right now.
    PELLE: And don't forget about all the Swedish women you can impregnate in June"

    Watched the Director's Cut and am of two minds about it: one, there is a scene of Christian and Dani arguing that seems pretty critical to hitting home just how shitty of a partner he is (although I wish it happened in the day, because Dani's nightmare being the only nighttime…

  • Appropriate Behavior

    Appropriate Behavior

    ★½

    I've never seen a movie with such an unlikeable protagonist.

  • Atlantics

    Atlantics

    ★★★★½

    Gorgeous! Brilliant! Fuck, this is a cool film.

    I'm glad I got to watch it with absolutely no concept of what it was about. For some reason, every single thing I've seen written about this movie so far has massive spoilers. Just watch it, don't look anything up. Let yourself be a bit confused and then feel the joy as it all comes together.

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★½

    (nothing here is a huge spoiler but i’d still avoid this if you haven’t seen it because you should go in fresh, god damn you)

    Docking a half-star because I watched this in a near-empty theater, which really hit home how much of the fun of this movie is dependent on the exact opposite! (Though it might play better at home. But boy was the lack of reactions hard to handle.)

    Also, because I watched it so intently the first…

  • Girlhood

    Girlhood

    ★★★★

    Verrrrry glad I ended up watching Céline Sciamma's previous work after being bowled over by Portrait Of A Lady On Fire. (And very glad I watched them with my girlfriend, whose insights were invaluable in helping me properly contextualize certain moments as the credits rolled.) Water Lilies, Tomboy, and Girlhood are all so different than POALOF but they carry similar themes of the complications of identity that can make the already-harrowing experience of adolescence even more distressing. Tomboy stands out…

  • Tomboy

    Tomboy

    ★★★★½

    Céline Sciamma is a rockstar, childhood is trauma, and gender is a fucking prison!

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★★

    In January of 2018 I did a 2am tweet storm about how terrific I think Rian Johnson’s films are and how perfectly they all feel like they‘re tailored to my taste. Five months later, I ran into Rian on the street in my neighborhood and he recognized me because we follow each other on Twitter. (Feel free to roll your eyes and dismiss this whole thing as a pointless humblebrag, but it’s relevant.) We made plans to grab lunch a…