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Ralph Breaks the Internet, 2018 - ★★★½

Surprised I enjoyed this as much as I did, given how dark the proliferation of corporate branding and the underlying commentary on the economy of internet likes are. But I did enjoy it! Maybe because I watched it on a plane, where everything is at least one star better. I also think I find it kinda nice that this movie doesn’t have a real “villain.”

It didn't ever get corny to me, which is a feat worth applauding for a movie that is essentially Ready Player One for the internet, but joyful and with more respect for the references it's making than an attempt to "prove" it knows the world. I also smiled at three of my friends having short cameos in it. (big ups to Jaboukie, Dani Fernandez, and Jason Mantzoukas)

Mon, 4 Mar 2019 19:32:45 +1300


Hot Rod, 2007 - ★★★★★

Richardson telling the people in the theater to shut up has the highest screentime-to-emotional-effect ratio on me of almost anything I’ve ever seen, and I cannot explain why.

“The dog walked itself home, ate a pizza, and took a nap.”

Sat, 2 Mar 2019 22:43:14 +1300


Eighth Grade, 2018 - ★★★★★

well i'm certainly not going to edit Josh Hamilton's speech at the fire so he's saying DEMI instead of Kayla and watch it whenever i need a pick me up if anyone was about to accuse me of such foolishness

Thu, 28 Feb 2019 10:51:33 +1300


Green Book, 2018 - ★★★

i'm no longer racist, now we are friends
i'm no longer racist, now we are friends
i'm no longer racist, we can be friends
i'm no longer racist– and now the black man is my friend

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 14:55:36 +1300


Hale County This Morning, This Evening, 2018 - ★★½

Too experimental and unfocused for me. Would have preferred an actual narrative or some sort of story, rather than a slice of life portrait that feels like a montage of footage shot in the same area.

Sun, 24 Feb 2019 23:19:02 +1300


Minding the Gap, 2018 - ★★★★★

This is hands down the best documentary I’ve ever seen– and I’ll admit that I don’t watch them frequently, but it’s also one of the best movies I’ve seen in ages, and easily the most affecting film I’ve seen in a long, long time. Bing Liu made a beautiful, sobering Boyhood of his own life, about the trauma we adopt from our parents and our surroundings and how something as small as skateboarding can act as an escape from the pain of an unfulfilling life. 

The irony of thinking you have feelings and fears and emotional qualities that are completely unique to you, is that everybody thinks that. And this film is such strong proof that my life and concerns and struggles are not as unique as I thought. In a way, it’s comforting– I see so much of myself in these boys in ways that make me want to cry. In other ways, it’s upsetting. This film makes me wish I’d been better at staying in touch with childhood friends. It makes me wish I’d been able to understand them better, outside of the context of our friendship and in the context of their families and the things they do to escape their pain. It sends me spiraling into a crisis about how I'll look back on the current period of my life, and whether I am destined to grow into my parents’ skin, or whether I could ever ensure my future children aren’t forced to grow into mine.

Sun, 24 Feb 2019 20:15:44 +1300


Free Solo, 2018 - ★★★½

There are moments where they dip into the more human elements of Honnold’s life and those are more fascinating to me– the climb itself is cool, but feels like a TV special event more than something I’d really care to watch a documentary about– but they don’t tackle them enough. Like, why does he do this, or what in his past has led him here? I know Honnold shows signs of Asperger’s, which might be why it feels like he’s so disconnected from anything other than the climb, but this just left me wanting to know more. Also, it feels like he should absolutely not be in a relationship? And that this woman can do much better? Dump him, Sanni.

Sun, 24 Feb 2019 19:57:55 +1300


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, 2018 - ★★★★½

Still as funny and gorgeous as it was the first time, literally the only thing I didn’t like was some of the music choices– which is fine! They aren’t choices made for me! I do wonder how much of this doesn’t fully resonate with me emotionally because it’s animated. Even though it’s been well over a decade since I ever saw one, an “animated superhero movie” is so coded in my
brain as a direct-to-DVD project that it takes a lot for me to actually care about it, since I have to think of it as completely disconnected from the established superhero universe. Which is dumb, because the medium allows for so much good shit that live action never could! Now I’m just rambling. The movie is great. The script is outstanding. Every single frame is a phenomenal wallpaper.

Sun, 24 Feb 2019 19:49:53 +1300


Velvet Buzzsaw, 2019 - ★★

how come this episode of Goosebumps wasn't just 30 minutes like the other ones

Sun, 3 Feb 2019 08:32:46 +1300


Isn't It Romantic, 2019 - ★½

Brandon Scott-Jones and Betty Gilpan are absolute stars. Bowen Yang and Sandy Honig are underutilized treasures. The rest of this movie is not for me!

Wed, 30 Jan 2019 08:58:55 +1300


The Wife, 2017 - ★★½

Max Irons looks like Peter Kavinsky and Ryan Atwood had a kid

Wed, 30 Jan 2019 08:52:06 +1300


Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, 2007 - ★★★★★

Goddamn, I love this movie. A perfect pastiche.

Mon, 28 Jan 2019 20:08:16 +1300


Serenity, 2019 - ★½

steven knight finishing this screenplay: media.giphy.com/media/bLVNvzX4k8R5S/giphy.gif

Sun, 27 Jan 2019 20:02:33 +1300


First Reformed, 2017 - ★★★★½

can god forgive us for not nominating ethan hawke's performance?

i'm absolutely not doing it but just know that a big part of me wanted to write a will smith rap to this song over a remix of "are you washed in the blood"

Sat, 26 Jan 2019 09:08:49 +1300


Life of Brian, 1979 - ★★★★½

Watched this one for a friend’s podcast. Even with a lot of stuff that doesn’t hold up to time (transphobic satire, rape gags, unnecessary blackface) this movie is still phenomenal. The entire second half of this movie is unimpeachable.

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 19:06:20 +1300


The Love Witch, 2016

We got bored and a bit disillusioned/confused with what parts of the movie were meant to be satirical and which were meant in earnest, so we gave up with 40 minutes left. The commitment to the 60s technicolor style is admirable and wonderful in how it looks, but really frustrating in how poor the acting is as a result. Not for me!

Tue, 8 Jan 2019 13:17:19 +1300


Bad Genius, 2017 - ★★★★½

Hell yes. Hell fucking yes.

I can’t remember the last time I was all-in on a movie so quickly. From the first scene I loved it, but it managed to get in the thick of the plot after a cool 10 minutes. The style and pacing of this movie from the beginning are so absolutely my shit, and it brilliantly manages to turn a low-key location into something thrilling. I loved it. So fun, so cool, such charismatic and interesting characters. It feels a little overlong near the end, but I was still all-in through the credits.

This movie is surely gonna be remade in America and I already shudder to think of how they’re gonna absolutely wreck it.

Tue, 8 Jan 2019 09:36:32 +1300


The Diary of a Teenage Girl, 2015 - ★★★★

(i wouldn’t call this description a spoiler but it’s pretty specific about a single scene in the movie, so reader beware)

There’s a scene where Minnie is fooling around with Monroe and she playfully yells “help I’m being raped!” in earshot of an open door where a sailor is standing guard nearby. Even though it plays as a joke you expect someone to come to her rescue, and to have a scene where Monroe freaks out or where Minnie is forced to convince her “rescuer” that she was just joking. That moment never comes. Instead, we get a shot a few seconds later of the sailor as he’s passed out on the dock, and the moment is very effective in saying something– no one is looking out for teenage girls.



I’m not sure that’s the chief message of this movie there’s also a lot of curious and condescension/judgment-free exploration of teenage female sexuality that I found really interesting and refreshing to see displayed so openly at the center of a movie. I also love that it doesn’t use dramatic irony to try and make any jokes at the expense of Minnie or paint her as naive, which seems like a very easy move for this kind of story. But that doesn’t mean the other message isn’t there.

I could see this film becoming a cult classic, especially if Marielle Heller starts to get her due after Can You Ever Forgive Me? takes flight. Also, Christopher Meloni’s role is very funny.

Tue, 8 Jan 2019 09:29:13 +1300


Enemy, 2013 - ★★★★½

What??????????????

(this is my reaction to a) gyllenhaal/villenueve giving us this and Prisoners in the same year b) neither of them getting Oscars recognition for either c) the ending)

Tue, 8 Jan 2019 09:21:57 +1300


Krisha, 2015 - ★★★½

A lot of the dynamics were unclear to me for so much of the movie, but the final five minutes are stunning and tense.

Sat, 5 Jan 2019 07:13:05 +1300


John Mulaney: New in Town, 2012 - ★★★★★

What can I say about "New In Town" that hasn't already been said by my entire being acting as a billboard for his work? I couldn't possibly count how many times I've seen this special or showed it to people, but fuck, in college alone it was double digits. I love it. I love John Mulaney.

Fri, 4 Jan 2019 07:37:48 +1300


The Castle, 1997 - ★★★½

Daryl Kerrigan is maybe the best movie father of all-time. A sweet, loving, friendly, warm, optimistic, perfectly paternal hug of a man. This movie is wildly quotable and charming, and even though some of it is laughably bad, it's such a fun watch. And SO Australian.

"How's the serenity?"
"He's dreaming."
"That's going straight into the pool room."

Fri, 4 Jan 2019 07:35:16 +1300


A Star Is Born, 2018 - ★★★★ (contains spoilers)

This review may contain spoilers.

Definitely enjoyed this movie more on a rewatch. Here are only some of the exhaustive notes I took during my rewatch.

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• The noose foreshadowing outside the bar is hilariously unsubtle. And wow– everybody told me the bar they meet at was The Virgil (a bar in Silverlake that i have been to countless times) but it’s very funny how clear that is now that I know it. They also fall in love at the Super A Foods in Highland Park that is right outside of my friend’s place! This is as close to telling us this movie where this movie is that we’ll ever get!

• Fuck... I forgot how much the first half-hour of this movie totally rules. Why does it make me mad that Bradley Cooper really fucking killed this on every front. (Except for the editing, which i maintain is visibly bad at multiple points! nitpick!)

• The way Cooper’s green eyes are so visibly bright in the dressing room scene is such a standout detail, and it really makes you swoon for him. Fantastic.

• You know how they let the music swell and go into a delicate, slow close-up shot a few times in the movie? Really works for the bar scene of him tracing her nose. Does not work for the ring scene. (Probably the worst scene in the movie if you ask me)

• I paused during the parking lot scene to read the screenplay because the way characters keep talking over each other felt so naturalistic and well-done, I wanted to know how it was written out, and it’s shocking how much of the interrupting dialogue/changing the subject is completely delivered as it is in the script. I hate to say it but if Cooper wins best director, he’d probably deserve it. (also, it would probably confirm that Cooper is one of the most classically-talented actor working today, for his versatility in roles and his ability to write and direct the fuck out of a movie.)

• I know it’s not supposed to be Cooper’s movie at all but he’s the more captivating one!!!!! Which is a flaw of the movie (it ain’t called A Star Dies, folks!!) but it feels like there would be so little "new" stuff to say if it was truly Ally's movie.

• If the internet hadn’t ruined “I just wanted to take another look at you” that would’ve been an extremely corny move that played as incredibly charming. Good scene!!! Also don’t know why the internet meme’d Gail. Nothing weird about that moment.

• Andrew Dice Clay's embarrassing dad role is an all-timer.

• Props to Greg Grunberg for making an entire career out of being friends with everybody so he can pop up in massive films and make audiences go “Wh- wait how do i know this guy”

• Wait– Did Jackson charter a second plane just for Ally? Even though she might have not come? And she made it JUST in time? That’s nuts. This entire scenario is nuts, and suggests a level of wealth that Jackson never really shows otherwise!

• How was "Shallow" done and ready to be performed... with the entire band.... so quickly

• This is a drum I’ve been beating for months now but I can’t believe the next Oscar winner for Best Original Song is an extremely paint-by-numbers song whose first lyrics are “Tell me something girl / Are you happy in this modern world.” In a movie with some pretty good songs, I think "Shallow" is the most boring, generic of them? Frankly, the scene of them singing "Shallow" is where the movie starts to feel less brilliant to me. ("Always Remember Us This Way" is a stunner, and "I'll Never Love Again" is of course, a fantastic Whitney Houston discard.) Also– kind of wish "Shallow" sounded more imperfect in that performance! She’s having all these reactions to performing it live, but none of those reactions are clear in the actual... sound of the performance.

• The sex scene... is so short, but it feels so real. It's great.

• Sorry, but “You’re Music To My Eyes” sounds like a song from Walk Hard.

• “That’s my songbook. I usually use a typewriter–” What???

• I think the confusing thing to me with her music is that the pop turn is not bad, it’s just different. (The screenplay even supports this– during her SNL performance, it says "She is the definition of a pop star. The song: vibrant, electric, catchy as all hell, and completely unrecognizable to Jack.") It doesn’t feel like a soulless, industry-designed act, so she's just a different performer altogether and I’m not sure what the progression means.

• I was critical of the medium-close up look covering this entire movie on my first watch, but the shallow depth of field and brightness of these scenes look so damn good. I was wrong. Movie looks fantastic. Shout out to DP Matthew Libatique (who also shot Venom, which came out the same weekend. Weird weekend for Matthew!)

• This is my second time watching the movie and I still went “Eddie Griffin????”

• The Ally billboard is hilarious. Why do they go to such LENGTHS to never tell us her last name? (The script says “Campana.” The movie never does.)

• “You. SNL. Alec Baldwin hosting. Season finale.” “You’ve just been nominated for three Grammys.” Ever since I saw the movie I haven't doing an impression of these lines. And how are these things possible? How is her billboard possible? Didn't they say she's put out one song and hasn't finished her album yet? What is the fucking timeline of this movie?

• Wonder if any of this was inspired by Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. Probably not. Actually, almost definitely not. I don't have to write down every thought that goes through my head.

• Scene of Ally and Jack in rehab is outstanding. Maybe my favorite scene in the movie.

• She’s playing The Forum??????????? This is the most meteoric rise to stardom that I have ever seen.

• That final cut to them at the piano... absolutely devastating. Brilliant. A phenomenal ending. And nothing takes the wind out of that ending more than seeing “Produced by Todd Philips” shortly afterwards.

Fri, 4 Jan 2019 07:11:56 +1300


Tag, 2018 - ★★★½

Can't tell what's more embarrassing, that the 2018 ensemble comedy TAG was, by choice, the first film I watched in 2019, or that I actually enjoyed the 2018 ensemble comedy TAG.

I watched this on a plane and they'd censored so much of the swearing which was fun to realize and try to sort out mentally, but through the "motherfucker" for "rubber chucker" find-and-replaces (no, really) I could still tell that this had the fatal flaw of all big studio comedies in which they decide the funniest possible joke to fall back on in any solution is dick stuff and jerking off. Lazy!

Despite that? I really enjoyed Isla Fisher and Jake Johnson in this. I think Jon Hamm was a weird choice, but does a fine job. Hannibal is given very little to do but still manages to make me laugh, and I earnestly liked the ending.

All y'all who think this is in the same league as Game Night though? You're fucking nuts.

Wed, 2 Jan 2019 07:25:27 +1300


First Reformed, 2017 - ★★★★½

Something about this film completely gripped me even as I slowly realized it was moving towards a climax that I would have to read up on. And thank god I did, because my natural heart feeling of "this movie is fantastic" was completely unsupported by brain not understanding what I'm supposed to get from the ending– but reading other Letterboxd users' interpretation of it (notably as a balance of the hope and despair that has been a through-line in the entire movie) and this Vulture article on the final moments helped me come to understand it. And my heart was right. This film is fantastic. I'm glad that it was the final film I watched in 2018.

Wed, 2 Jan 2019 07:17:02 +1300


Thunder Road, 2018 - ★★★★½

Have extremely mixed (and maybe even negative) feelings about the ending, but I loved this movie. The hands up game scene made me smile so fucking big, as did the last shot before the credits. A very sweet, emotional, and hilarious film.

Tue, 1 Jan 2019 11:24:22 +1300


Leave No Trace, 2018 - ★★★★

“What’s wrong with you isn’t what’s wrong with me. I know you’d stay if you could.”

I knew this movie was going to break me when I almost cried during the scene of Ben Foster taking that test.

Tue, 1 Jan 2019 11:15:42 +1300


The Rider, 2017 - ★★★★

The scene where Brady trains a horse is the turning point of the film into something i was enjoying watching. Brady’s giant smile when he’s with a recovering Lane is one of the most heartwarming shots of the entire year, and the scene that follows that one is one of the saddest.

Tue, 1 Jan 2019 11:12:40 +1300


Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, 2018 - ★★★½

Exhausting!

Sun, 30 Dec 2018 04:36:16 +1300


Revenge, 2017 - ★★★½

Heart-pounding, gruesome, punishing. And with absolutely no catharsis to be had in the titular “revenge.” Shit just gets worse and worse for Jen until it gets not better, but “done.” What a miserable fucking watch.

Sat, 29 Dec 2018 10:08:17 +1300


Bohemian Rhapsody, 2018 - ★★

i got chills every time they cut to Mary looking at Freddie in the final Live Aid performance (which was way too long) but I still cannot believe this absolutely boilerplate nonsense exists in a universe where Walk Hard was released 11 years ago

Sat, 29 Dec 2018 04:10:19 +1300


Destroyer, 2018 - ★★★½

Wow, Steve-O makes for a pretty menacing villain in this Netflix original miniseries!

Fri, 28 Dec 2018 19:07:07 +1300


Aquaman, 2018 - ★★½

a series of notes i took during the 2018 film Aquaman:

• james wan is such a good action/vfx director
• the only two good fight scenes go to nicole kidman and amber heard, but just like all the other fight scenes, they are shot like the 4D harry potter ride at universal studios for some reason
• this script is... very bad
• the world of atlantis is fucking gorgeous
• jason momoa plays aquaman like a cartoon character for some reason, which would maybe be charming if everyone else wasn't playing it like shakespeare
• there’s this dumb vocal effect on all the underwater dialogue that would make sense if there were one or two scenes underwater, but when the entire thing is underwater it’s distracting as hell
• out of every superhero movie i've ever seen, there hasn't been a moment that has complicated the rules of the world more than the moment where our heroes jump out of a plane and skydive straight into the desert sand miles below without feeling any pain whatsoever
• the underwater hair effects are cool as hell!!!!
• fewer things have been more ruinous to big budget film than iron man convincing the world that the secret to a good superhero movie is constant wisecracks and one-liners. it absolutely sucks. let emotional moments land, let fight scenes feel like they have actual stakes, let your audience go five minutes without being reminded that your characters have a fucking sense of humor. people are being murdered for fuck’s sake
• ....why did aquaman and mera ever need a boat
• ok the sequence of them going into the kingdom of the trench? absolutely cool as fuck. i watched that shit twice
• aquaman, destroyer, and boy erased. this is the weirdest fucking year for nicole kidman
• i cannot believe jason momoa spends this entire fucking movie wearing a tunic and some god awful loose khaki beach bum pants
• julie andrews??????????????
• aquaman's king outfit looks fucking hilarious. the phrase "is this your king" popped into my brain almost reflexively
• this movie is clearly built to be a video game, so congratulations to the developers of the inevitable video game on landing an easy job
• there is not one dramatic moment of this movie that works, but patrick wilson saying “call me… ocean master” is maybe the one that works the least

all in all, i give aquaman a "this is a movie" out of five stars

Fri, 28 Dec 2018 01:51:53 +1300


Widows, 2018 - ★★★★

robert duvall's first scene is him doing a tight five about how back in his day a 'facebook' wasn't on a computer and this movie STILL rules

Mon, 24 Dec 2018 00:56:00 +1300


Green Book, 2018 - ★★★

i did not hate this movie as much as i thought i would! the entire ending is hokey garbage and there’s one scene with a cop that is so unnecessary it makes me think they took reshoot notes from an all-cop screening, but ali and mortensen are giving terrific performances. there’s little moments where the story becomes about how the two main characters have different approaches to prejudice based on their histories with it, and while it’s not handled at all subtly, i liked it. it reminded me of Blindspotting. you know, if Blindspotting was just the Stevie Wonder/Paul McCartney “Ebony & Ivory” collab instead of a great movie.

Sun, 23 Dec 2018 00:15:53 +1300


Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, 2018 - ★★½

Well, dang.

Sat, 22 Dec 2018 23:58:05 +1300


Mamma Mia!, 2008 - ★★★½

Truly delightful! I did not like it much until the Dancing Queen scene, and then something about seeing Meryl have such unabashed fun made me smile. And oh, there’s a sequel? And Meryl’s right there in the cover! Well I’m sold, can’t wait to see her have a ton of fun in another installment of the Mamma Mia franchise!

Sat, 22 Dec 2018 23:56:17 +1300


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, 2018 - ★★★★★

my THE GET DOWN-stanning ass almost jumped up and clapped about 20 minutes in when i realized i was watching a Shameik Moore-led montage set to The Incredible Bongo Band’s “Apache”

Wed, 19 Dec 2018 20:37:21 +1300


Mary Poppins Returns, 2018 - ★★★★★

i like this movie so much that i had friends over to watch it and got unreasonably upset because they were having fun riffing and enjoying each other’s company over it

Wed, 19 Dec 2018 05:23:34 +1300


Gotti, 2018 - ★

Started joking about this movie at a party so we put it on and had a blast shit talking it the whole time. And for that, I can give it exactly one star.

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 21:03:36 +1300


Vice, 2018 - ★★★

I love Adam McKay’s directorial style so goddamn much I don’t even care that he has no interest in subtlety. But honestly, maybe this movie doesn’t need it. Because by the final 20 minutes or so, everything has been so spelled out for the audience that there’s no room left for uncertainty, and every single person will walk out of the theater angry at the people who deserve it.

The final scene of the movie is... a bit confusing in what it’s meant to do. And the script is underwhelming in large points. And (I can’t believe I’m saying this) but you never understand the motivation behind Dick Cheney’s character. But this movie is meant to raise hell, and by god I hope it does.


EDIT: uh Jesus Christ i did not realize there was a mid credits scene that i left before. i just read a synopsis and... everyone who didn’t like the movie was probably right

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 19:01:49 +1300


Kedi, 2016 - ★★★★

If only there were a Turkish word for a movie that makes you feel a deep appreciative love for an animal you only kind of liked, but also convinces you that one of the things you love about them is a trait that applies to their playful sense of community that you wouldn't get to capture if you were taking care of them, and therefore you come to terms with the fact that you can't ever truly be happy taking care of one even though they're much easier to take care of than a dog.

Fri, 7 Dec 2018 21:30:00 +1300


Mary Poppins Returns, 2018 - ★★★★★

This movie is flawed in so many ways. There's a sequence that was clearly only inserted into the film as a way to get a certain actor into the movie. The drama of the climax is undercut by a crazy obvious solution that should have been everybody's first thought. The very first accent/voice you hear in the movie, although purposeful (I know, I know, Dick Van Dyke did it) does NOT inspire confidence.

All of that said, this is currently my favorite movie of the year.

I don't know what to say. There's no other movie that has swept me up in a pure sense of wonder and joy like this movie did. The animation, the musical sequences, the dancing, the pure exuberance that is flying off the screen, it brought me to tears. Next to my coworkers. I held myself back from clapping after four different musical sequences in some strange basement theater of the Disney Studios. I don't want to spoil any of the specifics behind the things I loved, but all four of those sequences are so different from each other and still so perfect.

Even for those of you who don't like Lin-Manuel Miranda, there's something so (eventually) affable and charming about his character, culminating in two separate moments where you go "oh god... are they really about to do X" and then they do X and X fucking WORKS! I'm disappointed in the lack of a Julie Andrews cameo, but delighted about the silent addition of a cameo near the end (although initially confused, because I couldn't remember if that person was even in the original movie. And then I looked it up, and they weren't. Strange! Wonderful!)


(I can already foresee all your Paddington 2/I, Tonya comments coming in, so I'll just say: YES I liked it more than P2. I recognize that's as close to an "objectively wrong" opinion as I could have, but something in this movie grabbed my heart more than Paddington 2 (a perfect movie) did. I can't and won't compare this to I, Tonya and you're a monster to even ask me to.)

Sat, 1 Dec 2018 08:15:51 +1300


The Favourite, 2018 - ★★★★

i don’t know. the movie was very good.

Fri, 30 Nov 2018 09:13:17 +1300


If Beale Street Could Talk, 2018 - ★★★★

I wish I had more to say about Beale Street, but all I can call it is heartbreaking. It filled me with a tension that so many black films fill me with, where I’m waiting for an ultimate, inevitable cruelness to set in, and so paralyzed by that waiting that I watch it more like a horror film. But there is no cruel twist coming. It’s all there from the beginning. And although it is more than anything a story about love and the lengths we go to see that love through, it’s a story about how much longer that length is when your very existence denies you to the right to live a peaceful life.

Every black person born in America was born on Beale Street, born in the black neighborhood of some American city, whether in Jackson, Mississippi, or in Harlem, New York. Beale Street is our legacy.

Sun, 25 Nov 2018 06:38:42 +1300


Sorry to Bother You, 2018 - ★★★★

aka The Wolf of White Street aka The Socialist Network

Sat, 24 Nov 2018 05:19:17 +1300


Boy, 2010 - ★★★★½

“Think you can handle having The Incredible Hulk for a dad?”


I’ve always thought drama works best when it’s used as a reprieve from comedy– nothing makes an emotional moment hit harder than having it come when you’ve opened your heart expecting warmth and laughter, and this movie is proof of that. It’s beautiful, nostalgic, wondrous, fun, and funny until it makes you settle into the reality of its characters and breaks your heart. I love this movie so much. Taika Waititi is a gem.

Wed, 21 Nov 2018 10:43:17 +1300


Burning, 2018 - ★★★★

Yoo vs. The Guy She Told Yoo Not To Worry About

Fri, 9 Nov 2018 22:44:24 +1300


Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh, 2018 - ★★★½

charming!

Mon, 5 Nov 2018 13:12:21 +1300


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, 2018 - ★★★★

“PAN SHOT!!!!!!!”

I love the Coen Brothers so much and this is the most Coen Brothers movie that could ever be made. Extremely nihilistic, beautiful, funny, sharp, well-directed, even upsetting at times.

It’s also so long. If this were just three or four of the stories, it would easily be my favorite movie of the year. As much as I fully believe it should be a TV series instead of a singular movie, I also think it’s so beautiful that it should be seen in a theater if you can manage it.

Mon, 5 Nov 2018 12:16:14 +1300


coworker/friend recommendations

movies that my friends tell me "you HAVE to watch" (and im GONNA)

...plus 2 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.

Thu, 31 Jan 2019 07:53:40 +1300


my favorite movie from every year i've been alive

my favorite movie from every year since 1992 (holy shit this was hard)

  1. A League of Their Own
  2. Last Action Hero
  3. Léon: The Professional
  4. Before Sunrise
  5. Fargo
  6. Life Is Beautiful
  7. The Truman Show
  8. Galaxy Quest
  9. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  10. Ocean's Eleven

...plus 17 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:40:54 +1300


2018 ranked

commence the yelling

  1. Eighth Grade
  2. Game Night
  3. Blindspotting
  4. Paddington 2
  5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  6. Mary Poppins Returns
  7. Mission: Impossible - Fallout
  8. Suspiria
  9. Hereditary
  10. Roma

...plus 70 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.

Wed, 30 May 2018 09:59:34 +1200


movies whose full titles can be perfectly sung to the rhythm & cadence of “moon river, wider than a mile”

we’re after that same rainbow’s end

...plus 18 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:56:44 +1200


movies i own for some reason but still haven't seen for some other reason

inspired by jamie woodham. feel free to yell at me

...plus 16 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 20:04:45 +1200


movies whose entire titles can be comfortably sung to the tune and rhythm of “little red corvette”

“entire titles” and “comfortably” and "rhythm" being the operative words

...plus 63 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 04:43:59 +1200


my favorite films of 2017

my favorite movies of 2018. gotta stress that my choice in "favorite" over "best" was one thousand percent intentional. as you will realize almost immediately, those star ratings don't mean a damn thing now

  1. I, Tonya
  2. Lady Bird
  3. The Florida Project
  4. Brigsby Bear
  5. Get Out
  6. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  7. Blade Runner 2049
  8. Coco
  9. Nathan for You: Finding Frances

    (shut up)

  10. The Big Sick

...plus 19 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:02:56 +1300


100 DEGREES, 100 MOVIES

Last year I saw 29 movies. And I think some of those were even repeats. So to challenge myself this year, I'm going to try and watch 100 movies I haven't seen, where there has to be an actor in common between movies. I started with THE REVENANT, so I've got DiCaprio, Hardy, Gleeson, Poulter, hell even Haas movies to choose from next. But past that, who knows how this will go! I'll update each entry with the actor they have in common. Fingers crossed. Also, I don't know why nothing gets 5/5 stars either!

EDIT: I DID IT! And the order got real fucked up because I didn't keep good track of the movies closer to the end of the list (ended up using Alan Tudyk and Michael Shannon twice) so I just filled in the gaps. The last movie I saw was Fences.

So what did I learn from this? I learned that by gamifying the act of watching movies, you'll start to hate watching movies. I learned that there are a lot of bad movies out there! I learned that good actors are in terrible movies all the time. I learned that Ryan Gosling, Tim Curry, Rebecca Hall, Sally Field, and Susan Sarandon are some of my favorite actors. I learned that watching movies is something I gotta do more often on a whim, and not as a means to an end. I forced myself to watch some terrific films that I might've not seen had I not had a reason- but overall, this challenge was nuts and stupid and uhhh I won't do it again! Happy new year!

  1. The Revenant
  2. About Time

    (DOMHNALL GLEESON) Really funny, and really sweet. They spend so much time establishing Domhnall Gleeson's character that it feels like they rush through his relationship at one point (a relationship that never falters, by the way) but it still all works! Bill Nighy is beyond delightful.

  3. The Big Short

    (MARGOT ROBBIE) Wonderfully directed, wonderfully acted, and completely and totally enraging. For great reason- the story told is meant to frustrate you. It's as much a tale of a big fuck-up as it is a warning that the fuck-up is gonna happen again. The last twenty minutes of the film compelled me to start over and watch the beginning again, and that only frustrated me further. Truly can't recommend enough.

  4. Thelma & Louise

    (BRAD PITT) A classic, and with good reason. One of the best road films I've ever seen, both heartwarming and heartbreaking, a powerful and fun movie.

  5. Beetlejuice

    (GEENA DAVIS) Honestly, I didn't love it? It was fun, and clearly inventive- a movie that wouldn't be made as whimsically today, but it felt like there were a few strings missing for what I expected it to be. All of the "classic" scenes fell flat to me. VERY surprised at how little Keaton is actually in this movie! Like he doesn't even show up until halfway. I think I need to watch this again.

  6. Spotlight

    (MICHAEL KEATON) Incredible. Worth every Oscar nomination.

  7. Big Fish

    (BILLY CRUDUP) God, what a sweet movie. My favorite Burton flick by far. I have a real desire to rewatch this one.

  8. Galaxy Quest

    (MISSI PYLE) What was I doing that I hadn't watched this movie until now? I think I'd seen it in parts on TV, but never in full. My mistake. It's so good.

  9. Working Girl

    (SIGOURNEY WEAVER) Sigourney Weaver is the absolute MVP of this movie. Melanie Griffith is MVP runner-up in case of injury.

  10. The Fugitive

    (HARRISON FORD) It's so cool to watch this movie and see its direct lineage to at least 3 other Tommy Lee Jones movies. He deserved that Oscar. TLJ's version of a US Marshal was as distinctive, in its finding a way to play an archetype differently and with personality, as Ledger's Joker. The ending was also very funny having seen Mulaney's Comeback Kid special four times.

...plus 92 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.

Tue, 5 Jan 2016 11:17:35 +1300


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