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Safe Men, 1998 - ★★★½

Watched this after reading Dave Horwitz’s lovely review of this movie. I’m always inspired to watch people’s favorite movies when they’re able to write so much (and so passionately) about why they love it. Hard not to like it yourself at that point!

And like it i did! It’s so quickly affable and feels brilliantly simple. I love a mistaken identity movie and the set up for this one is truly so solid. It’s funny that Zahn is playing much more of the straight man here than Rockwell, given how their careers played out. Rockwell feels like he’s doing a Justin Long impression for so much of this movie (which I don’t say as a bad thing!) I love dirtbag comedy Giamatti. Feels like this is the direct pipeline to his role in Big Fat Liar, which of course, is his greatest film to date. “They told me to pick up a little safe car; they didn’t say anything about a little Safe Men!”

Wed, 15 Jul 2020 19:27:45 +1200


A Fish Called Wanda, 1988 - ★★★★½

Have been wanting to rewatch this movie for a few years and I’m so glad I finally did. Near perfect. Didn’t realize how quietly influential it was to me. Kevin Kline is so obviously the standout star of this movie that it’s wild we didn’t get countless copies of this film and this type of character for the next few years. Everything he does is funny. Michael Palin and John Cleese and Jamie Lee Curtis are having some much fun here. Tom Georgeson plays a character named George Thomason and that is worth an extra entire star.

Tue, 14 Jul 2020 17:32:37 +1200


Palm Springs, 2020 - ★★★★

Wonderful!! Such great chemistry between Samberg and Milioti, and they’re both very funny. As is a lot of the supporting cast! Would’ve gladly taken another hour of Conner O’Malley and Meredith Hagner gags. Pleasantly surprised to see the voice behind the yellow M&M make a live-action appearance here. Been eating those for a while, that’s my boy. Seeing him shine... feels like we all done come up.

Cristin Milioti is beautiful and she has very beautiful big eyes. What is this, the 2014 film Big Eyes? Spent a few minutes wondering how I would get my obligatory Big Eyes reference into this one and I just called an audible. I promise to put more effort in the next time I watch a film starring an ocularly-blessed woman, but I am in a rush to write this so I can go to Google Trends and see the sharp uptick in searches for “cristin milioti boyfriend” this weekend. Might as well skip a step!

Mon, 13 Jul 2020 19:05:15 +1200


Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961 - ★★★½

“Moon River” is one of the best fucking songs ever made. I love that shit, and have since I was a kid. Feels like they knew how much it banged, ‘cause they used it way too often.

The Mickey Rooney shit in this movie is absolutely ridiculous– I always assumed there would have been a “”reason”” in the story for them to have done it, but there truly is not. Could’ve just been a weird white neighbor. Mickey Rooney sat in a makeup chair for way too long every day he worked on this film just because somebody said it and nobody said “no.”

This movie is charming and classically romantic and funny, but the funniest things about it are just how little it cares to stay with all of its funniest, biggest characters. Martin Balsam’s O.J. Berman deserves an entire act. It’s nice to finally see the movie that inspired the personality and life goals of every white woman I went to school with. Interesting that it popularized everything about Audrey Hepburn’s character except falling in love with a truly shitty writer (me)

Mon, 13 Jul 2020 09:40:20 +1200


The Old Guard, 2020 - ★★½

In a week, somebody will ask me if I watched “that Netflix movie The Old Guard” and I will confidently and without malice say “No, I don’t think I know what that is.”

Sun, 12 Jul 2020 20:22:50 +1200


Jaws, 1975 - ★★★★

Last Christmas I was high out of my mind hosting a party in my home and for reasons I do not remember or understand, my friends started jokingly chanting “Demi’s never seen Jaws.” This was not true. I was being framed. I pulled up my last Letterboxd logging to prove it– I saw Jaws sometime in September of 2013. Since that time, every time I hear about Jaws I think of that moment and then remember the now-forcibly-crucial memory of I Last Saw Jaws In September of 2013. My high mind made permanent space in the forefront of my brain for this information by pushing out something else (couldn’t name one president now) as a defense mechanism out of preservation and I will forever be able to say with confidence that I Last Saw Jaws in September of 2013. 

Unfortunately, this fact is no longer true, as I last saw Jaws today, in July of 2020. I check the “I have seen this film before” box with pride. My record on having seen Jaws speaks for itself and I defy anybody to challenge my Jaws viewing history come Christmas of 2021 (Christmas is cancelled this year on account of the deadly Coronavirus.)

Good film!

Sat, 11 Jul 2020 20:45:05 +1200


The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, 1974 - ★★★★ (contains spoilers)

This review may contain spoilers.

Good lord. My soul feels so thoroughly drained. Hard to use more words to describe this film besides "upsetting." A blunt, hot, southern Gothic exploitation film with all the subtlety of a, uh, chainsaw. Sharply turns from simply "weird" to "horrifying" and makes quick waste of its characters like target practice cans on a fence. I don't even remember if there was a score to the movie or if the sound was just alternating tracks of Marilyn Burns' exasperated screams and a revving chainsaw. That dinner scene was absolutely haunting. I gotta watch some fuckin Simpsons eps before bed just so I don't risk dreaming of Grandpa.

Saw this at the drive-in, and sat in stunned silence through so much of the latter half. Everyone honked when characters honked in the film (and screamed "JERRY!") and honked again almost in catharsis when Sarah escapes, which was weirdly relieving in the way it is when someone laughs as a release of fear in a horror movie. That was nice. Hard to rate this one because it didn't like, "feel" good– but I think that's what Tobe Hooper wanted. To put the aesthetic, discomfort, and nihilism of a snuff film into a narrative and leave you feeling exhausted and confronted by a simple-but-torturous piece of horror. I myself, did not want that!

Okay, time to watch a Simpson! Maybe Moe gets a cell phone!

Fri, 10 Jul 2020 20:54:07 +1200


The Evil Dead, 1981 - ★★★½ (contains spoilers)

This review may contain spoilers.

Shocked at how quickly things start happening in this movie, especially since you still gotta wait for the second half before any of the really iconic or special imagery starts coming! Some truly grueling gore effects here, and some great scares. Also spent the entire movie going “ok when he gonna lose da arm” only to realize, okay that is not that one. Fine!

I am at a drive-in watching this as a double feature with Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and everybody honked their horns whenever something notable happened and honestly, it’s VERY funny. Every single time. Some terribly timed honks happening here. The tree rape scene is bad and wildly unnecessary, and the one guy who honked his horn only to have nobody honk with him hopefully knows that now. I miss the community of a movie theater! I love you, Movies!

Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:19:00 +1200


Hairspray, 1988 - ★★★½

Certainly gets points for being weirder (and therefore, purposefully funnier) than the musical remake, but it's still got some of the racial misfires (not nearly as many though) and the characters don't feel as fulfilled to me. I don't care about Link Larkin or Corny Collins in this movie at all! Maybe that's the side effect of them casting actual stars in those roles for the musical, which is also why I think some of the edge has been taken off in Shankman's remake. No way John Travolta's gonna play Edna the way Divine does, or Allison Janney is gonna run screaming through the streets of Baltimore in fear of every black person she sees. Wish they would, though! Woulda been hilarious!

Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:47:52 +1200


Airplane!, 1980 - ★★★½

I like Leslie Nielsen!

Thu, 9 Jul 2020 18:19:50 +1200


Lovely & Amazing, 2001 - ★★★½ (contains spoilers)

This review may contain spoilers.

ok yes it makes sense that she was arrested for it but did I love seeing Catherine Keener flirt with Jake Gyllenhaal? yes. is it weird that lil baby Jake Gyllenhaal looks like a hot friend of mine in this movie? also yes! no more questions!

Wed, 8 Jul 2020 15:59:10 +1200


The Thing, 1982 - ★★★★½

I mean, what new comments could I have to make about The Thing? These creature effects are absolutely unparalleled. One of the best scripted and most tense horror-thrillers ever made. Carpenter is working the fuck out of those split-diopter shots. Funny that two of these characters are named “Windows” and “Mac,” huh? Sorry, not “funny.” What’s the word. “Notable.” No, not that either. It’s something!

Was surprised this was a Morricone score, I think I’d always assumed it was Carpenter, even though I’ve seen it before and it says up top that it’s Morricone. His score is mostly invisible here (I should really watch Cinema Paradiso or The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly) but when it isn’t, it works so well. A lot of great, pulsating synth (which I did not picture him using! I admittedly don’t know much of his work though!) and some perfectly paranoid strings. Reminds me of the Phantom Thread score, which I will gladly evangelize at any given moment. RIP Ennio Morricone.

Tue, 7 Jul 2020 17:42:57 +1200


Please Give, 2010 - ★★★½

The grandmother playing Andra is so funny. If Rebecca Hall never told us she was English, we wouldn't know! Underrated on all fronts!! C. Keens top 5 all-time white guilt actors!!!

Tue, 7 Jul 2020 15:36:16 +1200


Friends with Money, 2006 - ★★★

One of the whitest movies I’ve ever seen. Feels like it wavers between being a satire of that fact and just earnestly being that way, but I really think it’s just in earnest. Not a fan of the wink-wink casting of Aniston as the poorest Friend. That said, it is still a Catherine Keener and Frances McDormand movie and therefore, I like it. :)

Tue, 7 Jul 2020 09:58:31 +1200


Muppet Treasure Island, 1996 - ★★★½

Find me a more consistently funny comic tool than the malleability of Kermit’s face.

Mon, 6 Jul 2020 20:13:40 +1200


Hairspray, 2007 - ★★★★½

• I want nothing but happiness and good fortune for Queen Latifah. What a pleasant surprise to see her in this. :)

• Bynes’ whole direction for this film was “you’re horny.” Always nice to watch hot people be horny for two hours, even when it’s tinged with “I got da chocolate fever!!” This movie walked so the infamous Drake tweet could run.

• Travolta is just doing a Mike Myers impression this whole time.

• The racial politics of this movie are not at all good, but I couldn’t find it as embarrassing as I would in a Green Book or a The Help, for some reason. Just thought it was funny how off the mark they were! I’m patting the movie on the head and calling it “very cute.”

• Tracy Turnblad incites a civil rights riot and then runs away. Couldn’t stop thinking about how much I would love to write a parody of this film.

• The music here is... terrific. Every song is good. It starts off with such a likable bang with “Good morning, Baltimore” and it never lets up! Absolutely wild! (Even when, again, the politics and lyrical content make me go “yeesh!”)

• I’m a huge fucking sucker for both Grease and Grease 2 and will always be so this movie in which both Pfeiffer and Travolta return to their musical roots (and we get a lil musical ref to “Grease Lightning!”) is ABSOLUTELY up my alley. As is any movie where a man gets bribed with whoopee cushions.

• One of Christopher Walken’s best movies. Sorry! Truth hurts! This is what Lizzo was talking about!

• John Travolta in drag leads a civil rights march.

Mon, 6 Jul 2020 17:34:28 +1200


Observe and Report, 2009 - ★★½

Moments here and there, but it reminds me so much of an era/style of comedy that I pretended to like for so long and now that I am older I can simply and honestly say: not for me!

Sun, 5 Jul 2020 22:45:53 +1200


Dog Day Afternoon, 1975 - ★★★★½

Surprised no one ever talks about how much of a comedy the first 30 minutes or so of this movie is. A stunning thriller. 9 time Academy Award-nominee and one-time winner Al Pacino is very good at acting!

Particularly enamored with one incredible segment of editing in the middle of the movie around a sudden moment. Nice to finally see where the inspiration for every hour-long hostage episode of a procedural in the last 45 years came from. Also nice to finally get what that one Florence and the Machine song is about... (according to the rules of Comedy, this is where I would explicitly name a second Florence and the Machine song, pretending I am not referring to the one that is not related to this movie but has "Dog Days" in the title. However, I am ill-equipped for this, as I do not know a second Florence and the Machine song and am too into this overexplainer bit to bother googling a second song. Apologies to you all. Did they do "Hey Ya")

Sun, 5 Jul 2020 20:33:46 +1200


Scoob!, 2020 - ★★½

Occasionally cute! The animation isn't very special, which is a shame because the end credits give you a taste of a fantastic animated style that would've been cool as fuck to see spread over the full thing.

Tries its best to be both subversive and sincere, which is a very weird mix that results in Supreme Court/Tinder jokes and an overabundance of hip-hop needle drops that make you go "who is this for?" I only really wanted to watch this because I knew Kelly Fremon Craig wrote it, but it turns out her script was tossed out and replaced by one written by 6 guys I don't know, which I only learned 20 minutes into the movie. Oh well! Absolutely psychotic cameo casting in this bad boy! Absoutely psychotic to write this much ""criticism"" (HEAVY finger quotes) of the 2020 animated childrens' film Scoob!

Sun, 5 Jul 2020 13:27:31 +1200


But I'm a Cheerleader, 1999 - ★★★★½

Was so instantly into this movie. Perfect color palette, absolutely hilarious, perfectly directed satire that is deliriously 90s and strangely comforting to me. The kind of movie so quickly endearing to me that I texted people to talk about it/recommend it only 20 minutes in. Everyone’s so good in it (RuPaul! Holy shit!) and there are so many surprisingly tender and sweet little things that go almost underacknowledged, despite being the basis for entire seasons of TV shows that try to exist as Queer Life 101 for straights. Magnificent. Luv u Jamie Babbit. :)

Sun, 5 Jul 2020 10:33:39 +1200


War of the Worlds, 2005 - ★★★

SPACE WEEK MOVIE NO. 3

Poochie-ass ending.

Sat, 4 Jul 2020 17:54:36 +1200


Contact, 1997 - ★★★½ (contains spoilers)

This review may contain spoilers.

SPACE WEEK MOVIE NO. 2

Beautiful speculative science-fiction with a focus on reality, secret duplicate machines, weirdly pro-capitalist, love transcending the boundaries of interdimensional travel, Matthew McConaughey, it’s too long, AND it‘s got a dead wife?? Christopher Nolan watch this movie every night before he put he kids to bed! I think Jodie Foster and me would be good friends. :)

Thu, 2 Jul 2020 18:25:35 +1200


The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, 1972 - ★★★½

Too dumb to get what’s happening here but it “felt” funny!

Wed, 1 Jul 2020 21:45:09 +1200


The Jerk, 1979 - ★★★★½

“How did you find me?”
“I don’t know. This was the first place we looked.”

So fucking great. Pissed it took me this long and a comic legend’s death to watch it, I always mentally filed this under “broad 80s comedies that would’ve been funny as a child but probably aren’t as good now.” The only thing that “isn’t as good now” is some iffy race stuff, but I laughed out loud much more than I expected, and found it incredibly cute! Love it. The beach scene is unbelievable. I mean, every scene is unbelievable. M. Emmet Walsh’s bit fucking killed me. RIP Carl Reiner. 

“Things are gonna start happening to me now.”

Wed, 1 Jul 2020 17:43:14 +1200


Anatomy of a Murder, 1959 - ★★★

I’m sure this was revolutionary for its time, but it feels like your run of the mill Sunday afternoon TCM procedural to me, with some pretty upsetting implications to its ending. Lee Remick is gorgeous though, and the faces are lit so beautifully!

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 18:06:53 +1200


Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1977 - ★★★★½

Watched this because my friend Liz is hosting a digital film festival of sci-fi favorites (Close Encounters, War of the Worlds, Contact) for a few of us and calling it SPACE WEEK. :)

Haven’t seen any of them somehow and this was a stunning first view. Everything from the giant sculpture to the ending is phenomenal. The final 20 or so minutes of this movie has some of the most stunning, evocative images I’ve ever seen, as does the sequence at Jillian’s house. The way Spielberg uses those tones is absolutely fascinating, though I’m not gonna pretend it doesn’t leave me with a thousand goddamn questions.

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 17:58:44 +1200


The Haunting, 2018 - ★★★★★

Absolutely outstanding. Top-tier television. Hereditary for people who’ve been to therapy. A beautiful exploration of grief and regret and trauma both original and generational. Ghosts as a metaphor for all these things feels like such an obvious decision, but Flanagan really weaves it together in a way that makes it all fall together like the most satisfying puzzle. Made me feel like I really want to watch everything he’s done so far. A big congratulations to Red Giant on this season-long advertisement for the Magic Bullet Mojo plug-in!


EDIT: a big thank you to my friend celia who showed me this series and watched it with me. please go comment “good recommendation, celia. i hope you hit 1000 followers” on her review. you do not need to follow her though


EDIT: okay she hit 1000. now you can write “we’re all so proud of you celia. may good blessings and fortune come upon your family” or “i hope my daughter grows up to be like celia”

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 16:52:08 +1200


The Devil and Miss Jones, 1941 - ★★★

I greatly appreciate how anticapitalist and pro-labor this movie is at its roots, and even how well it handles romance– Jean Arthur’s quote about love is one of the best things I’ve ever heard about love in a movie, I love that the two leads aren’t romantic with each other, and the scene of Joe at the police station is so fun it’s hard not to swoon– but it absolutely WHIFFS the ending. It’s like a weird dream.

Sun, 28 Jun 2020 19:12:50 +1200


Songs My Brothers Taught Me, 2015 - ★★★½

So tender and beautiful. So many gorgeous single shots and loving portraits of life on a reservation. The closest thing to a titular “song my brother taught me” is a twice-used needle drop that is going to be the absolute last song you expect. Took me out of it both times despite being a perfect choice, but I just did not expect it!!! Anyway, good movie. Chloé Zhao’s got the juice.

Sun, 28 Jun 2020 12:47:33 +1200


Bunny Lake Is Missing, 1965 - ★★★★½

Fuck!!! What a masterfully-directed mystery. Shot so beautifully and built so well, lots of perfect little misdirects and kicks to keep you in Carol Lynley’s wonderfully paranoid, stressed out shoes. Keir Dullea and Laurence Olivier are just as terrific as Lynley, and Noel Coward is having such a blast playing a real creep. That ending though... absolutely terrifying and fantastic. Can’t say much without spoiling it but my heart rate was elevated for the entire final 20 minutes.

Sun, 28 Jun 2020 10:17:06 +1200


Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, 1999 - ★

Great songs... beautiful songs

Sat, 27 Jun 2020 18:57:48 +1200


Babe: Pig in the City, 1998 - ★★★★★

Good fucking lord.

This movie makes me feel fucking crazy. Every five minutes something happens that made me scream “what?!” A dark, nihilistic, Sonnenfeldian/Burton-esque fever dream fairytale in an extremely fascinating hodgepodge of a city, but one that also takes the stance of “people in the city fucking suck.” I can’t even pick out any one detail for fear of forgetting an even more crazy one, I’d have to give you a straight up synopsis. You can 100% see connections between this and Mad Max: Fury Road and anyone that says “what? George Miller is the Babe: Pig In The City guy??” should rewatch Babe: Pig In The City. I think this is a fascinating film. I think it might be a masterpiece.

Fri, 26 Jun 2020 18:57:16 +1200


The Watermelon Woman, 1996 - ★★★½

Funny and incisive. Big fan of the way Dunye uses differing but very defined lesbian characters to explore intersectional lesbianism. Didn’t expect the ending!

Fri, 26 Jun 2020 12:35:09 +1200


La Coupe Bernard Tapine, 2018

Watched on Thursday June 25, 2020.

Fri, 26 Jun 2020 05:39:55 +1200


Pauline, 2010

Tender and simple, and it hooked into my chest in a way only Celine's work does.

Fri, 26 Jun 2020 05:34:12 +1200


Raging Bull, 1980 - ★★★★

This movie makes me feel bad

Thu, 25 Jun 2020 13:49:31 +1200


Babe, 1995 - ★★★★½

I love the little pig!!! A perfect, incredibly endearing family comedy about kindness! A feat of puppeteering and visual effects! Babe waddled so Paddington could run!

This movie is like a TV series with a thousand little genres in it- there’s a heist movie, there’s a coming of age story, there’s a mystery movie, and it ends with a sports movie. What a miracle that they all work!

Absolutely enamored with this movie. The comedy off of the puppeteering alone is funnier than many of the movies I’ve seen in the last month or so. I’ll watch a sheep or duck puppet do anything for a full two hours, I think. I almost named my dog Pig and I would’ve tested up through the final sequence of this if I did. Instead, I named him Clooney and hugged him tightly every time Fly came on the screen because he looks a lot like her. :) He’s farting at my feet right now. :) God, he farts so much. :) That’ll do, Clooney. :)

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 18:09:04 +1200


The Phantom of the Opera, 2004 - ★★½

A movie about whether ‘tis better to be loved or to maybe get fucked real good by a creep that haunts your workplace and kills your coworkers. Schumacher directs this thing with all the flair and energy of those mid-2000s “now on Universal DVD” disc promos. Say what you want about Schumacher (I mean, give it a few days) but he was a bold director who always swung for the fences with his style and we’d be much worse off without him having made the movies he did or bringing plenty of now-beloved actors to light. Rest in Phantom, Joel!

Tue, 23 Jun 2020 16:11:09 +1200


She's Gotta Have It, 1986 - ★★★½

Love the structure of this movie and how fun it is at parts, don’t love how thin Nola feels as a character or how tacked on her ending is. Can see very real parts of myself as I am in relationships (good parts tho) well-reflected in both Mars and Jamie, even though they are both real pieces of shit. (Again, good parts though. I’m good. Strong too. Good at puzzles)

Sun, 21 Jun 2020 22:59:33 +1200


Ocean's Thirteen, 2007 - ★★★★½

Reuben’s smile in the third act. :) The protest subplot. :) The seedy, hyper-saturated coloring of Vegas. :) Clooney’s big mustache scene. :) The “34 states” joke. :) The suggestion of Linus getting “Susan B. Anthony’d” offscreen by his dad in his last moments. :) The down-tempo version of “Caravan” that plays as they mess with the hotel room. :) The reprise of Clair de Lune at the fountain. :) Every little Pacino-ism, including the moment where he says “Travis Pastrana” and you know for a fact he does not know who that person is. :)


This is the 100th feature film I have fully watched in quarantine. I would like a vaccine now!

Sun, 21 Jun 2020 15:45:21 +1200


Next of Kin, 1989 - ★★★

Gabe has a running gag of using this movie for games of Six Degrees so when we saw it was on HBO we dropped everything (was doing nothing) and watched it. Liam Neeson’s great in it. Ben Stiller’s casting feels so weird. Helen Hunt is wasted as a character whose whole description is “Fiddling Wife.” There’s a recurring song about brothers in the movie that is so sudden and on the nose it feels like a Trey Parker/Matt Stone gag. The guy who plays Harold (Michael J. Pollard) is the star as far as I’m concerned. Just happily going along with whatever this crazy dangerous Appalachian family is mixed up in because he’s got nothing else to do. We could all use a Harold in our lives.

Sun, 21 Jun 2020 10:29:38 +1200


Italianamerican, 1974

Adorable and charming. Catherine Scorsese rules. Got 50 minutes into Raging Bull before recognizing I currently feel too depressed and insecure to watch a depressing movie about an insecure man letting his relational insecurity turn him into a monster. Turning off comments because if anyone says “aw” or tries to extend their sympathies I will absolutely kill myself. Gotta try some of this “sauce!”

Sat, 20 Jun 2020 21:34:53 +1200


Mulholland Drive, 2001 - ★★★★½ (contains spoilers)

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I don't think I would've "gotten" this movie without everyone constantly priming me for Lynch by saying "don't even worry about understanding it, you're not gonna understand it, just go with it" and without that early diner scene, but it allowed me to just lean back and take it all in and... I didn't feel that confused! In fact, I think Lynch does a good job of cluing you into what's going on through Watts' affectations and a general sense of dread, but maybe I'm just lucky that a lot of the sequences we see mirror the feelings of actual dreams I've had before. The inability to complete simple but important tasks, the frustration of unspoken conspiracies you aren't let in on, there are so many dream-like conventions in just having characters in extremely frustrating scenarios where their agency is taken away from them. BIG dream/nightmare energy.

Much more fulfilling than I'd expected, and feels so masterfully made that I'm shocked I don't feel like I've seen anything really like it. Glad I finally watched this. Mad all the guys who proudly declare this "true cinema" were right about how much this movie rules. I know I'll watch it again three years from now and go "ahaha yeah this shit rocks" kind of like how everybody has been doing for the last 19 years. I'm always behind! Very excited to see this "Avatar" everyone's talking about!

Sat, 20 Jun 2020 18:25:09 +1200


Mur Murs, 1981 - ★★★★

Seeing the city I live in at another time is like magic through Varda's eyes. She's so good at capturing the spirit and diversity of Los Angeles just through the art in public spaces and her ultra-involved documentary style. It's so wonderful to see. Making a mural is a little piece of permanence, a tiny chapter submitted into a city's almanac. I love them. :)

Sat, 20 Jun 2020 18:10:21 +1200


The Rental, 2020

Watched this at a drive-in theater tonight after showing up 10 minutes late because we went to the wrong drive-in and got Popeye's at that drive-in before moving to the right one. The screen was too dark to see, but I feel like it didn't really matter. Not for me! Felt too much like a lot of other low-budget horror films. I accidentally ate Gabe’s fries instead of my own. Everybody honked their horns at the end. :)

Fri, 19 Jun 2020 18:52:30 +1200


Uncle Yanco, 1967

GOD this is so charming! Wish I’d seen this and acquainted myself with Varda’s style before watching Faces Places. Big fan of any cute, warm film that has a filmmaker turning the camera on their own family, and a big fan of Varda breaking the documentary veneer to get involved and show her doing multiple takes of small moments to let us watch how they naturally change. What I would’ve given to sail Greece with Uncle Yanco :)

Fri, 19 Jun 2020 09:37:04 +1200


Black Panthers, 1968

“It is a beautiful black animal which never attacks, but defends itself ferociously.”

I will never get over how insidious my schooling and general social education was when it came to understanding the Black Panthers. Teaching me they were radicals and that “radical” was a bad word, offering them up as the “what about black supremacy” mirror to the KKK. Was so nice to watch this and see them speak for themselves and organize peacefully, their protests as joyful and supportive and communal as they are borne out of well-earned rage and disappointment.

Fri, 19 Jun 2020 09:28:42 +1200


Escape from New York, 1981 - ★★★½

Ernest Borgnine :)

Thu, 18 Jun 2020 17:16:47 +1200


PlayTime, 1967 - ★★★

I don’t know, man. I don’t think I understood what was going on for most of the movie. It’s shot with such a wide eye that I got stressed out and felt like there was too much i was supposed to be focusing on in any given shot. Excited to see the other Monsieur Hulot movies because it seems like a character/schtick I would really dig but this one just kinda left me frustrated. The choreographed slapstick bits are great and very Mr. Bean and the whole thing is immaculately staged, though! Tativille is beautiful. Gorgeous production design, outstandingly shot. This whole thing looks like a French Normal Rockwell painting. Normandy Rockwell!

Wed, 17 Jun 2020 22:11:11 +1200


Ball of Fire, 1941 - ★★★★½

Absolutely fantastic. One of those screenplays where I start smiling about 20 minutes in as I fully “get” what’s gonna happen and it makes me all giddy inside. I love the professors so much, especially the slender, white-mustachioed one that looks like a Marx brother and talks like the Tootsie Pop Owl. Hoytoytoy!

Wed, 17 Jun 2020 20:08:12 +1200


movies whose full title can be perfectly and comfortably sung to the rhythm and cadence of the "i know who i want to take me home" part of "closing time"

every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end

(not just any 9-syllable title, has to be able to be sung out loud without messing with the pronunciation of the words)


edit: submissions are closed ’cause no offense but y’all are bad at this

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

Sun, 9 Feb 2020 12:49:55 +1300


coworker/friend recommendations

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

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


end credits songs from my donation drive

i did a donation drive on twitter. every 1000 donated to a food bank, i would pick one random donor to tell me what film they wanted me to write an end credits song for. 311 people donated a total of $24109.19. these are the 24 movies i have to write songs for

...plus 14 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.

Thu, 9 Apr 2020 12:38:56 +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 24 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 20:04:45 +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
(note: it's very specific to the way the words have to be pronounced and spread to match with the song and not just any 8-syllable title!)

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

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


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 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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