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Demi has written 135 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★★

    The biggest mystery in this movie is why a broke man who lives in Silver Lake supposedly is going to The Last Bookstore, which is downtown, "all the time."

    I think I agree with the take of how poorly the women in this film are shot (yes, even past it being "the point" of the movie) and have enjoyed a nice afternoon of reading various takes on this movie because of how unsatisfying its wrap up was (which also is…

  • Honey Boy

    Honey Boy

    ★★★★

    Oh, this was a painful watch.

    This is a movie about the inescapable trauma you can inherit from your parents and how hard it is not to love them in spite of it all. It’s a movie about recognizing your own problems as they happen but still feeling powerless to stop them, feeling like you need them. I recognize so many of Otis’s actions and emotions in people I know, in people I’ve loved. I’ve reckoned with the frustration of…

  • 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

  • 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…

  • Bombshell

    Bombshell

    ★★★★

    I have mixed feelings on how this film handles the "it's Fox News" of it all, but Margot Robbie and Charlize Theron are doing absolutely stunning work here and the final resolution of the film is perfectly sobering and honest in a way that I didn't expect it to be. Also, every (white) actor in Hollywood is in this film! Good on them.

  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ★★★★

    I love Alan Alda so much.

    Very hard to watch this movie without immediately recognizing it as Noah Baumbach’s attempt to reconcile his own divorce in the most self-aggrandizing way, but I will forgive it on the sole condition that Laura Dern either runs me over with her car or allows me to treat her to a lovely expensive dinner and then never calls me again. Your choice, Laura!

  • Dolemite Is My Name

    Dolemite Is My Name

    ★★★★

    Easily the silliest movie that has almost brought me to tears. A fun, easygoing movie about what even the most ridiculous films can mean to people. The Disaster Artist found dead in a ditch.

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★

    (no real spoilers per se, but i'm talkin about the tone of the film so if you wanna go in completely blind on what to expect, go away!!! but also, the movie is 3.5 hours, there is a strong chance you will have forgotten all of this by the time the ending comes)

    About an hour into the film, the format starts to unravel in a way that makes you think "ah, this just might be another 'portrait of a…

  • Kedi

    Kedi

    ★★★★

    nothin better than gettin high and smiling at cats :)

  • Over the Garden Wall

    Over the Garden Wall

    ★★★★

    absolutely peak cuteness

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★

    [CREDITS ROLL]
    CLAIRE DENIS: hm. so no cum? you’re allowed to... just none of it?

  • Over the Garden Wall

    Over the Garden Wall

    ★★★★

    honestly i was tired and in a post-IT fugue when i watched this so i dozed off for a lil bit but this is so sweet and funny and lovely and i’m actually excited to watch it again