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The Wizard of Oz, 1939 - ★★★★★

Absolute masterpiece. Way funnier than I remember, way cooler from a production standpoint, and way more beautiful. It's the Wizard of fucking Oz! What could I possibly say about this? Shit's great.

Sun, 27 Sep 2020 11:53:26 +1300


John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, 2019 - ★★★★★

spent the first 20 minutes or so discussing whether or not the John Wick franchise could be considered a comedy, and while i feel like the dialogue leans too heavily into the drama/action, SO much of the physicality of these movies, especially 2 and 3, is clearly designed to be as funny as it is impressive. i mean, how do you not scream-laugh at the knife fight or the sheer amount of glass shattering in the third act? i giggle a little every single time keanu uses something new to smack away someone's hand right as they're firing a gun. it doesn't feel like it fits alongside any other movie you'd call a comedy or an action comedy, and maybe that's in part because it's been swallowed whole by the aesthetic of a My Chemical Romance video, but i'd just as soon put this movie on for a crowd-pleasing, action-packed laugh as i would 21 Jump Street or something!

YES it's too long. YES it's mostly people speaking in vague, suggestive dialogue like "not after what happened last time..." and "the table won't be too pleased about this..." but man.... they got assassins popping outta walls in plain sight. they got a beautifully-lit neon cityscape and an LED setpiece that asks "what if the best part of skyfall was like 30 minutes longer." they got some of the best, most deliberately framed/choreographed action sequences i think i've ever seen in a movie. motorcycle swordfight that looks like a wong kar wai film. they got the tick tock man. you KNoW i love any movie with the tick tock man in it

Fri, 25 Sep 2020 07:07:10 +1200


Tenet, 2020 - ★★★

went to the mission tiki drive in to see tenet for a second time because my friend Celia hadn’t seen it. always loved when theaters were open and i’d willingly go see a movie I didn’t love for a second time, just enjoying the theatrical experience so much that I’d do it again for anything, just to experience someone else watching the movie. feels refreshing. a real snowflake experience, like trying the same meal with different tastebuds. i miss the theaters! i miss my friends.

anyways, she texted me “what’s happening” three times in first hour and i realized i still couldn’t actually explain on my second viewing. bad guys made a machine that teaches you to moonwalk, i think

weird that nolan made a film whose release was marred by a famous real life theater shooting, and he mapped that terror into the opening of another film? not accusing him of anything or trying to instigate concern, just a thought i had as it started. one of many thoughts that will enter the human mind when you open your brain... to Tenet! A man, a plan, a canal- cinema! (went into the moonwalk machine to steal the joke i wrote in the comments of my last review 😊)

Tue, 22 Sep 2020 19:24:13 +1200


The Devil All the Time, 2020 - ★★★

Pattinson’s accent and the weird ass score had me sayin’ “what the devil” all the time, I tell you what!

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 18:52:53 +1200


Galaxy Quest, 1999 - ★★★★½

This thing is just incredible. Perfect premise with a near-perfect execution. All of the jokes hold up, it’s “holy cow, that guy is in this??” city, and the creature designs and effects are just shockingly good for a comedy in 1999. Gabe said “these are honestly better than Star Wars” and I was ready to roast him for it until he clarified that he meant the prequels, which were released at the same time- and he’s right! That will teach me to second guess Gabe!

Couldn’t stop giggling at the Thermians. They move like *NSYNC in the Bye Bye Bye video. Even with that, Jason explaining how they’re actors to Mathesar is shockingly sad. Tony Shalhoub’s stony, passive Fred is maybe the VIP here in a movie full of VIPs.

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 03:06:03 +1200


The Book of Henry, 2017 - ★

this movie should've grossed one billion dollars on word of mouth alone. one of the most inexplicable movies i've ever seen. every two minutes is a "what the fuck" moment. no way i don't try to watch this movie over and over with people who haven't seen it before.

everybody please go to google play and rent the 2017 colin trevorrow film The Book Of Henry for $3.99 plus tax. never rooted more for a child to be swirlied in my life.

Sat, 12 Sep 2020 18:36:11 +1200


The Master, 2012 - ★★★★½

“If you figure a way to live without serving a master, any master, then let the rest of us know, will you? For you’d be the first person in the history of the world.”

I’ve thought about this quote constantly for 8 years now. Saw this movie in 70mm at an Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, during college at my most “young adult trying to understand film as much as everybody around him.” I walked away with nothing more than “pretty movie! great acting. guess it’s about Scientology, which rocks, because i know that is bad” but something about it stuck with me. PTA’s movies have an effect on me where I walk away thinking about them intensely but not fully grasping the perfect subtext, and spend the rest of my life telling myself I should rewatch them. This is the first one I’ve rewatched, and on a second viewing the subtext is so clear it’s just text!

It’s a love story, between a master searching for purpose and control and a man searching for stability. And sure, it’s a movie about Scientology in only the most technical sense that yes that’s probably what PTA studied to have a loose foundation for The Cause, but it’s really about the feelings that drive people to any purpose-giving organization like Scientology, both from the top down and the bottom. They don’t focus on the money aspect of The Cause or call it an outright scam because it’s not as simple as that– Lancaster believes what he’s doing, because he needs it just as much as the people do. Significance is his master, as much as alcohol and sex and masculinity in general are Freddie’s. He needs everybody to think he’s the greatest, the quote-unquote Fantastic Mr. Lancaster Dodd. And if people aren't knocked out and dazzled and slightly intimidated by him, he doesn’t feel good about himself. He finds this significance in the only man who’s been able to give him a contemptuous, challenging, and hotheaded love, which is very funny because it’s a similar dynamic that we see in Phantom Thread, just less explicably defined. PTA loves a difficult love story! And so do I. 😊

I miss Philip Seymour Hoffman so much. I just can’t think of someone as alluring and immensely talented as he was every single time you saw him on-screen. I hope he’s somewhere up above, looking down on us and calling us all “pig fucks.”

Sat, 12 Sep 2020 06:14:18 +1200


After Hours, 1985 - ★★★★

I love a comedy that sprouts off of a single, simple goal being unattainable and turns into a trilogy of errors. And to make it so subtly surreal, almost nightmarish– wonderful!

New York is the greatest city in the world. :) Cannot wait to return post-COVID and let my own schlubby, wayward horniness drive me deeper and deeper into the conflicts of its most colorful characters!!

Thu, 10 Sep 2020 19:36:47 +1200


I'm Thinking of Ending Things, 2020

Too dumb to understand this. Said as much out loud when the movie ended and my friends confidently explained the synopsis, and I literally did not pick up on any of it. Felt like I was listening to freeform jazz only to have the lights come on and see everybody crying. It sure felt like a nice movie though! Everyone’s just bringing their A game here. Buckley is such a talent, and Toni Collette is one of the funniest actors we have. 

Maybe one day I will read one (1) book and my brain will have swollen enough to come back to this and understand everything– much like Keanu Reeves in the popular film Matrix! Now that’s a movie. Bullet go slow... he do karate... what if life was a computer... what if the sky was green... freacking epic :) I’m thinking of rewatching things! Things meaning Keanu movies!!! People keep askin’ if I’m ending things... yeah, I’m thinkin’ I’m ending things!!!

Tue, 8 Sep 2020 19:50:49 +1200


Tenet, 2020 - ★★★

We rented a truck and drove to San Diego to see Tenet at the South Bay Drive-In, and I had a lovely time. Went to the beach, saw a beautiful sunset, made a silly video, and spent a good 90 minutes or so laughing about this big, dumb film. Nonsense movie. Absolutely unintelligible and confusing, but somehow still very predictable and rote. A miracle. He spent so much time figuring out the logistics of the central time mechanics that he spent absolutely no time on the dialogue or plot and decided to just have his characters try and explain what’s happening with every line– and I still don’t fully get what was happening for a bunch of the scenes.

I feel like it broke a spell within me where I see the Nolan formula so clearly and all of the worst parts of it are highlighted so strongly here. And despite the fact that I cannot think of too many concrete things that I could compliment about this film... I kiiiind of enjoyed it? Probably because it’s such a big dumb movie that it taps into the dumb part of my brain (majority part) that gets pure dopamine from a blockbuster action film, and for “getting” (like, 90%) something like this that is begging you to try and understand it. He tries to use all of the words in the Sator square as Easter eggs in this movie, which fills me with such a deep embarrassment because I am confident it’s exactly what I would have done if I were writing this movie in my freshman film writing class. Shane McAvoy said it best by saying this is really just a dumb Bond movie, and I wish Nolan wasn’t so obsessed with making cold and clever action films that he could have some fun and just lean way more into the dumbness!

Anyway, I had fun. One day I’ll watch this again in my home and think “yeah I could’ve just seen this at home the first time.” There’s a part in the middle of the movie where they explain the reversal rules that made us laugh so hard that a lot of the ride home was just saying new rules like ”the sun is the moon” and “eating is pooping.” Backwards movement looks silly and it’s hard not to see it as silly. Debicki is done so damn dirty in this. I liked watching John David Washington fight. When those “it’s time for a new protagonist” ads came out, I was like “this is a weird and gross ad, is this their way of trotting around in pride that Nolan hired a black lead?” Turns out the character is actually just called The Protagonist. Never given a name. Literally calls himself The Protagonist. If you think the reason for that is going to be explained in the movie, then baby, you got another Tenet coming!

Mon, 7 Sep 2020 19:31:35 +1200


John Wick: Chapter 2, 2017 - ★★★★

God, I love a sequel where you can feel the budget increase in all the right ways (no more soundtrack!) A perfect commitment to the tone of this world. So much of this movie feels like it was created by an anthropomorphic Ed Hardy shirt, but they create a universe where that vibe fucking rules?

Rides the line of farce and sincerity so well in every aspect that it gives me a similar feeling as the Fast & Furious films, but with a lot more clear commitment to producing something where everybody involved is really just showing off. They make so many big moves to remind you they’re in on the joke, from that Buster Keaton projection to the $7 million hit sequence. Never gonna forget the pure adrenaline of that ending and how psyched it got me for chapter 3. Was struck this time by the sudden recognition that innocent bystanders are definitely getting murdered in these gunfights.

Sat, 5 Sep 2020 18:56:52 +1200


John Wick, 2014 - ★★★½

The best movie in the top five films of the dumbest guy you know.

Sat, 5 Sep 2020 16:27:13 +1200


The Silence of the Lambs, 1991 - ★★★★½

Good lord, the close-ups!! The way Jonathan Demme shoots men in this movie is outstanding. Such a simple but unnerving choice to have them talk straight down the lens so we can sit in Clarice’s discomfort. Hopkins is obviously giving an all-time performance here but his delivery of “love your suit” kills me. That’s the moment he cinched the Oscar, I just know it.

Weird to see so much of this movie for the first time (yeah i know) and have it feel so familiar because of years of video essays and parodies tackling this shit verbatim, but it still shook me to the bone. Didn’t realize how much it affected me ‘til a car scraped its bumper nearby while leaving the drive-in and the sound almost gave me a heart attack. 

That said, all the criticism of the movie transphobia is, uhhhhhh, spot on! Unfortunately! Someone at the drive-in was lying in wait to excitedly honk their horn at the Buffalo Bill tuck scene after us going almost the entire movie in silence and it was a very weird bummer to me!

Fri, 4 Sep 2020 21:22:06 +1200


Manhunter, 1986 - ★★★★

An extremely 80s but genuinely great mystery thriller about three total psychopaths (Hannibal, Tooth Fairy, William Petersen)

Fri, 4 Sep 2020 17:22:40 +1200


Twelve Monkeys, 1995 - ★★★★

absolutely beside myself to realize that the 1995 science-fiction time travel film 12 Monkeys accurately predicted the greatest historical event of my lifetime, the 2009 balloon boy hoax. truly terrific performance by brad pitt. lovely to see bruce willis give a shit. love madeleine stowe's slow progression into full psychosis. really could've thrown it all away and made the whole movie balloon boy, though.

Tue, 1 Sep 2020 04:25:54 +1200


Funny Games, 2007 - ★★★★

hard to ‘rate’ a movie like this when the whole purpose is that it’s meant to be such a viscerally unpleasant display of psychopathic torture. he did nailed it, though! i am now feeling very confronted by my own taste for violence in cinema! good job mike.

haven’t felt so sure i was watching a nightmare come to life since i saw mother! something truly, madly, deeply upsetting about seeing that little boy so terrified. i hope to never feel that way again. (gonna watch the original next)

Sat, 29 Aug 2020 20:47:10 +1200


Bill & Ted Face the Music, 2020 - ★★★

I don’t know. A little too earnest and updated for me? Would’ve been so fun if they just said fuck it and kept with the retro-futurist aesthetic of their predicted future from the 80s instead of giving it the Apple makeover, imo! I’m also almost never a fan of this exact type of celebrity-playing-themselves joke with Kid Cudi, but I’m not exactly the target demo of this movie as someone who first entered this universe a whole 6 hours ago.

Also also, so many modern comedies do this thing that bugs me where they hire comedic actresses for roles that require no actual comedy and are just reacting to comedy in earnest, which is weird enough, but is doubly weird in this movie because they do that and then ask the actresses (who are known enough that you know they’re not English) to do English accents! Just hire English women! Right? Maybe I’m crazy! Whatever. Who am I to talk! Movies are hard to make, and decade-late sequels even moreso!

Give Brigette Lundy-Paine a Golden Globe for their commitment alone! God, Anthony Carrigan just runs away with this damn thing. He’s so funny. Would’ve honked my car for him at the end if I weren’t sitting on the hood eating the greatest drive-in snack known to man, a handful of day-old grapes.

Fri, 28 Aug 2020 19:30:57 +1200


Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, 1989 - ★★★

So many moments of this movie feel slow and... un-special? Everything feels so matter of fact. I definitely prefer the strange, throw-it-all-at-the-wall silliness of Bogus Journey, though it was strange to watch this one second and retroactively realize which bits in Bogus Journey were just callbacks. The loopy time shenanigans of the third act are my favorite part of this movie. The “hot young stepmom” runner is so weird. 80s movies were all so desperate to be horny without really knowing how to pull it off and everyone who came of age in that decade is complicit in the current popularity of stepmom porn.

Fri, 28 Aug 2020 16:51:33 +1200


Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, 1991 - ★★★★

Kind of avoided this franchise for the longest time because it feels like it has “comedy legend” status and I’m always worried those movies will never live up to that, which means I gotta be the buzzkill at the party who interrupts the quote-off to say “I do not actually like the movie you all enjoy.” (Cool guy to be.) But I did like it! It’s pure 80s/90s schlock in all the best ways, down to there being absolutely no moral or lesson to learn (because movies can just be for fun sometimes!) and the whole thing ending with a big concert with all the characters you’ve met through the film and the obligatory cameo by real musicians. (Unfortunately it’s also 80s in the worst way, which is homophobic slurs being used as a punchline. Real stunner to have that suddenly crop up in such an otherwise goofy, feel-good movie!)

I might have even liked it more if I hadn’t watched the supposedly-worse sequel before ever seeing the first film! (I’m at the drive-in, about to watch the first film and a “surprise second film” that is almost definitely the third movie, but would truly be so fucking funny if it’s literally anything else. Losing my mind quietly on top of my car just imagining them rolling on Young Guns, and everybody honking in anger.)

Fri, 28 Aug 2020 15:07:17 +1200


Side Effects, 2013 - ★★★★

Huge sucker for this type of thriller, even though I think the casting is absolutely insane. Sometimes feels like the undercurrent of “fuck the pharma industry” dangerously dips a bit into “fuck medicine” but never too much. Love that Soderbergh went on to make Unsane after examining psychiatric imprisonment and gaslighting in this movie, the same way I will eat a peanut butter cup and then remember how good peanut butter is, and then just go and eat loose spoonful of peanut butter as a second “food” of its own. These are the exact same. Just remembered this app doesn’t have a word minimum.

Thu, 27 Aug 2020 18:30:53 +1200


Possession, 1981 - ★★★★

What???????

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 19:40:27 +1200


Tenet, 2020

A man some distance behind me in the movie theater coughed as the Warner Bros. logo came on. I was distracted for the rest of the film, wondering how far behind me he was and whether or not I was hit by the droplets of his open-air cough. Just as I let myself relax a whole 60 minutes in, he coughed once more and reignited my anxiety. A second person was nice enough to also cough elsewhere in the theater to make sure I was properly anxious for the full length of the film. I do not really remember who is in this movie or what it was about. I think it's neat that Batman is black now.

(i did not go to see tenet.)

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 13:26:36 +1200


Kung Fu Hustle, 2004 - ★★★★½

Hahahahahaha are you fucking kidding me?????

An embarrassment to modern American “comedy.” Never seen a movie so thoroughly commit its budget and effort to just pure goofery. Fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun!!! A live-action animated kung fu gangster western in a fantasy world where landlords are awesome... only in The Movies!!

Mon, 24 Aug 2020 18:03:02 +1200


Grease, 1978 - ★★★★★

Watched this for the first time in like, 21 years on a very fun live-stream as part of a Paramount-sponsored watch party with Griffin Newman. Will certainly rewatch it again when we aren't talking over it (mostly me going OH FUCK THIS SONG IS SO GOOD!!!) Need multiple hands to count all the moral problems with this movie. But? Every single song slaps and has stuck with me since I watched this movie on repeat for weeks and weeks of daycare decades ago. I performed songs as part of lip sync competitions at the local Garden Ridge. I think Stockard Channing's Rizzo was my first crush. Every move, every little moment, every character– this thing is just such a part of me! Little inflections in this movie reignited full color memories I haven't had in years as if they were things I'd seen yesterday. I just feel comfortable here. It feels like I was born here. Maybe I had my wedding here, too. As for the National Pension, I don't qualify. In my old age, Grease will comfort me.

Fri, 21 Aug 2020 15:48:06 +1200


Project Power, 2020 - ★★★

Cool visuals! Perfect movie to put on in the background while you do something else. Is Casey Neistat contractually obligated to be offered a role in every movie made for Gen Z? Movies should not be allowed to use the line “This isn’t a movie, this is real life.”

Sun, 16 Aug 2020 16:28:41 +1200


The Adventures of Robin Hood, 1938 - ★★★½

horses do not know they're in a movie

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 18:22:55 +1200


An American Pickle, 2020 - ★★★½

This movie feels like several different movies combined into one. But that’s okay because I actually really like movies. Very big fan of Simon Rich!!!!

Fri, 7 Aug 2020 21:04:07 +1200


She Dies Tomorrow, 2020 - ★★★½

A feature film adaptation of that thing where you mention that you don't know where your tongue is supposed to rest in your mouth

Fri, 7 Aug 2020 19:30:14 +1200


The Stunt Double, 2020

damien chazelle said stunt performers rights

Fri, 7 Aug 2020 16:36:15 +1200


The Hudsucker Proxy, 1994 - ★★★★★

"Mr. Klein up to nine, Mrs. Dell, Personnel, Mr. Levin, thirty-seven."
"Thirty-six."
"WALK DOWN."

Good lord! A movie so absolutely in my wheelhouse it feels like a tragedy to imagine I never saw it. Like a white, art deco Putney Swope. Jamelle perfectly described it as "Citizen Kane filtered through the Animaniacs." A wonderful, fantastical capitalist/corporate satire with a zillion quotable lines. If the Oscars properly recognized comedy, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tim Robbins would've gotten noms that year. JJL's fast-talking Rosalind Russell character is so sharp and funny and I'm astounded at how well and Tim Robbins plays a naive, upwards-failing buffoon. His physicality is perfect. Haven't laughed at anything in a while as hard as I laughed at Norville grunting his way into the Muncie song. And Paul Newman! God, what a trio. This one's a gem.

Tue, 4 Aug 2020 09:12:57 +1200


Miller's Crossing, 1990 - ★★★★

Polito, Finney, and Freeman are just absolutely incredible in this feature-length adaptation of the “Smooth Criminal” video.

Mon, 3 Aug 2020 00:30:13 +1200


The Muppets, 2011 - ★★★★½

Joy joy joy! I love the Muppets like they were my own children. These movies just start full-on with a bang, always just gag after gag after gag. Still can't believe "Man or Muppet" is the song that won an Oscar from this ("Life's A Happy Song" would've been my pick) but I'd be hard pressed to find one song in the entire Muppet canon that isn't an absolute banger, so good on them for finally recognizing it! When I saw this in 2011, I remember thinking Hobo Joe was the funniest thing in the world. Now? I'm all about Dave Grohl-Animal. So I guess this is growing up...

Sun, 2 Aug 2020 19:25:58 +1200


The Brothers Bloom, 2008 - ★★★★½

yes i did just watch this like 9 days ago, but i set it as the first film on a month-long list of movies i scheduled for my friend to watch in august and when i said “i’d be down to watch any of these with you over facetime” she immediately called my bluff. having had 9 days to reflect before a third viewing, i would say that this is still a good movie

Sun, 2 Aug 2020 13:21:35 +1200


Set It Off, 1996 - ★★★★½

YOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

Top-tier 90s film, top-tier heist film, top-tier black film, top-tier buddy film. Hits all the cliches and still makes them work! Fun, tense, chaotic, driving, and extremely emotional. Black women carry and compartmentalize so much fucking pain and these women are so good at showing it with just their faces. Brought me to that full body precipice-of-tears shaky feeling multiple times. It's so good I started watching at 1am and still finished in one sitting. Yes, I am very sleepy!!

Another incredible black film for the "pissed i didn't see this as a child" canon. You can tell F. Gary Gray's bringing all of his music video sensibilities to this and it works. In a just world, he would've been drawn to direct Mission Impossible 2. Truly the only thing I don't care for is John C. McGinley and Blair Underwood's characters. Don't like 'em, can't sympathize with 'em! Get 'em out of here! It's girl time!!!

Cleo is, no joke, one of my favorite characters and types of characters in anything ever. I love her. I want to be her. She's just so absolutely magnetic. God, I wish Queen Latifah had more roles where she got to be this truly crazy and goofy and not just mom-com-goofy!! Vivica, Jada, and Kimberly Elise are so damn good too. Jada Pinkett has always been one of the most beautiful women to exist and I will always have to rewind her scenes a second time because I was too distracted by how gorgeous she is the first time.

Sat, 1 Aug 2020 22:46:58 +1200


The Man Who Wasn't There, 2001 - ★★★★

Entirely possible I’m pulling a Theme That Wasn’t There from this (or even that I am seeing something that is extremely obvious to everybody else who knows!!) but, I think this is an ironic tragedy about a depressed queer man desperately aching for meaning. Whether that’s meaning through companionship or through success or through patronage of someone else’s talents (in exchange for companionship) and if so, that makes it the saddest and most tender film in the Coen canon as far as I’m concerned! Shocked to see this from a duo who is often criticized for being cruel and cold (though I can see people seeing this movie as both.) Thornton’s reserved performance is really good. And you know I love me some Tony Shalhoub! Not really close to my favorite of their works, but certainly under-discussed IMO!

Sat, 1 Aug 2020 17:57:19 +1200


Hail, Caesar!, 2016 - ★★★★★ (contains spoilers)

This review may contain spoilers.

When I saw this in theaters I loved it but I let other people's reactions to it convince me that it's a film that works as a collection of great individual scenes, but not as a cohesive picture. Wrong! I love this movie. I think everything single thing about it is absolutely wonderful. A gorgeous and truly joyful farce about communists and the studio system era that feels like it celebrates each just as much as it admonishes them. A studio slave is abducted by communists only to return for production on a film decrying slavery and extoling the virtues of the most famous communist of all. Feels like the Coens taking a much lighter, less fantastical stab at the Hollywood satire they did with Barton Fink.

So many little lines here and there that make me cackle– incredible script! The scene where Mannix tries to pull religious leaders together to form a consensus on the nature of Jesus Christ... brilliant. Tatum and Ehrenreich get a lot of (deserved) credit for their roles here, but as a Clooney devotee I just absolutely love how much he hams it up here. Low status dumb-dumb Clooney is so underrated.

The ensemble cast here is fucking nuts, and surprisingly functional since there are too many stars for its mystery antagonist to obviously be any one of them. And everyone gets to shine! Oh, to be a Coen repertory player. The rule continues to be true: any and every movie where Tilda Swinton plays 2+ roles is a banger.

As always, I'm a particular sucker for any time I get to see super familiar LA locations in a movie like this :) Loved seeing scenes set in the probably-problematically-themed Good Luck Bar :) RIP :(

Sat, 1 Aug 2020 10:41:20 +1200


Barton Fink, 1991 - ★★★½

Dark, dark, dark, and almost purposefully alienating. A great depiction of writer's block, distraction, the bloodsucking nature of "muse", the emptiness of art produced under capitalism, and the pretentiousness of working class tourism. Or, so I think! Who knows what da hell this movie's about!!

Tony Shalhoub and Michael Lerner are so fucking good. Writing do be like that sometimes!

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 20:09:07 +1200


Intolerable Cruelty, 2003 - ★★★★

Ridiculous. A screwy romantic satire about two sociopaths whose ultimate turn on is each others’ greed. Feels like a Coen script filtered through a studio lens, where someone told George Clooney (and no one else) this was a Looney Tunes cartoon. It’s even shot so differently from everything they’ve done. The character of Herb Myerson feels like the sole fantastical element they included here as a hint of a much weirder, much Coen-er movie, but nothing else comes close! Can absolutely see why someone (past me included) would not like this, but there’s something so distinctly crazy about it that I can’t help but dig it. It’s too clever, too strange, too subversive in all the cleanest possible ways. Like the Coens’ version of They Came Together.

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 21:11:15 +1200


Blood Simple, 1984 - ★★★★

LOVE Dan Hedaya lookin' like a psychopathic Andy Kaufman and John Getz lookin' like a traumatized John Ritter. Funny how strong the Coens' fascination with dramatic irony has been since the very beginning! Absolutely dig the theme in the score here, too– I feel like I rarely pick up on themes, but Burwell's stands out so well and it's so beautiful. To think this, McDormand's first film, also features three prominent red billboards that are outside of Ebbing, Missouri (as all of Texas is!) Damn, I love her. Love Barry Sonnenfeld too. The way he shoots this series of unfortunate events... marvelous!

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 15:45:50 +1200


A Serious Man, 2009 - ★★★½

I don’t think I fully get this movie and that is okay! Beautiful parking lot.

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 21:21:31 +1200


The Birdcage, 1996 - ★★★½

Shocked at how reserved Robin Williams’ role in this movie is, but it just means more of a spotlight for Nathan Lane, who kills it as always. I am going to kick Val’s ass. I hate the boy. I hate him with my life. He does not leave the gay parents alone.

“Join Jay on ‘The Tonight Show’ with guests Yasser Arafat and Kate Moss!”

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 12:12:32 +1200


The Squid and the Whale, 2005 - ★★★½

It’s funny every single time Billy Baldwin says “brother.” Every time.

Tue, 28 Jul 2020 18:47:06 +1200


Raising Arizona, 1987 - ★★★★★

One of the best shot comedies I’ve ever seen. The chase scene is incredible and everything that follows is absolutely flawless. Immensely quotable too! I can’t believe this was their second film? It’s made so confidently in every way, the script is perfect, every one of the performances is perfect, their style feels so established already. Gonna go back in time and beat my own ass for thinking it was “fine” the first time around. I wonder how many times Ryan Gosling has seen this film.

Tue, 28 Jul 2020 10:34:03 +1200


Seconds, 1966 - ★★★★½

"The years I've spent trying to get all the things I was told were important - that I was supposed to want! Things! Not people... or meaning. Just things. And California was the same. They made the decisions for me all over again and they were the same things, really. It's going to be different from now on. A new face and a name. I'll do the rest. I know it's going to be different.

Every two days or so I have a long, obsessive episode where I'm unflinchingly focused on one problem for hours and come to the same conclusion: that my problems could all be fixed if I were able to just have a "new" life. I could just go off into the woods for a month and remove myself from the world, emerge with some completed works, a full disconnection from social drama, perhaps a nice full mountain man beard and incredible figure that have miraculously developed from nothing more than a change in longitude. How lucky was I to choose this movie in the middle of the night in a depressive spell (well, the actual luck was that the 3 hr. Criterion extended cut of It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World didn't have subtitles so I didn't watch it) as a distraction from this compulsion, only to come face to face with the reality of that fantasy– that your ennui and dissatisfaction aren't escaped by changing your clothes, your hair, your face. They're just misshapen. Perverted beyond all recognition into something new, something sinister and fresh-feeling. Something that tugs at your ankles with all the weight of your previous sadness, but without the good you'd curated to keep you afloat.

The most confronting thing about Seconds isn't that it shows a new life isn't the cure for your current one, it's that it can't tell you what is. Nothing can. Maybe because nothing is. Life isn't a problem to be cured, it's a condition to be maintained. We dream of miraculous cure-alls as an escape, a solution that turns the key in our mind where we can't turn it ourselves.

The sadness is going to set in sometimes. And the obsessions will follow. And when they do, I will continue to cope by picturing myself in those secluded woods, looking like a tiny Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

Life is built on wishes, and you've gotta keep plugging away at them. You can't give up, and you can't let the mistakes jeopardize the dream."

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 04:43:39 +1200


The Brothers Bloom, 2008 - ★★★★½

Watched this for the first time in a few years because I'm drafting Con Artist movies on an episode of the Screen Drafts podcast tonight, and I remembered loving this movie but didn't wanna assert it until I'd refreshed my memory. Memory refreshed! I love it.

I've (embarrassingly) made no secret of how much I dig Johnson's whole deal, and this is maybe his most fun movie? I'd only really remembered the ending and Rachel Weisz's great hobbies montage in the beginning, but the shots are so kinetic, it's beautifully delicate at all the right points, it's loaded with great sight gags, and it's such a well-woven series of set-up/payoff gotchas that I just find myself repeatedly giggling through it all. Not to mention, everyone's outfits look fucking great. It's interesting that he made the central character of this film a con man who's really just a writer that writes cons because I'd almost say that's how Johnson writes as well.

My favorite Weisz, my favorite Ruffalo, my favorite Brody (SNL Sean Paul intro doesn't count.) It also feels like such a Wes Anderson movie I can't believe it wasn't a bigger deal, or at least still isn't a big deal as far as cult movies of the mid-to-late 2000s go. How much of a horny weirdo does Rachel Weisz have to be for you people? Between this and The Handmaiden, I would like far more horny weirdo fairy-tale con movies, please!

Fri, 24 Jul 2020 12:55:48 +1200


Bullitt, 1968

For the longest time I thought the titular "Bullitt" was the name of the car because the only thing I knew about this film was the famous San Francisco car chase scene. I thought Bullitt was going to be a fun little action movie about an outlaw who loves his car and drives fast like a bullet or something. Turns out I was wrong and "Bullitt" is the name of the cop that drives the car. I guess that means the car's actual name is "Bullitt's Monster." A brilliant directorial choice by Yates, to make this film a modernist adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein– though I worry that aspect will be lost on most audiences, as said subtext requires you to completely wrongly believe "Bullitt" is the name of the car and to also not really know anything else of note about Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

I was baking lemon cakes while I watched this. Cool chase! Neat shots! Lalo Schifrin rules! Pablo Ferro's titles are weird but perfectly 60s in a way that makes them good actually!

Thu, 23 Jul 2020 13:22:24 +1200


Clifford, 1994 - ★★★½

This movie is unhinged. Martin Short is a true psychopath, Charles Grodin is doing Joker before Joker, and the entire third act feels like it uses ⅔ of the movie’s budget in a way I couldn’t have seen coming. There’s no resolution. Everyone just stops being insane. Incredible. As someone who grew up just thinking “okay so he makes weird faces and people love it, I guess?” about Martin Short- I get it now! He’s Clifford!

Mon, 20 Jul 2020 19:41:53 +1200


Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 2009 - ★★★★

Watching this for my friends’ Summer Cinema Club!

Such a delight. Very Sony Pictures Animation character design and I don’t love what they do with Sam Sparks, but this thing is so tightly written and so charming- what’s not to love! Cooked chickens crawling on the ceiling is a nightmarish image!

Sun, 19 Jul 2020 20:15:15 +1200


30 Rock: A One-Time Special, 2020

I love 30 Rock so goddamn much that I still kind of liked whatever this is. It isn’t a movie, and it’s barely an episode of 30 Rock. It’s so clearly an idea that was concocted as something to screen for advertisers in lieu of having actual NBC upfronts this year, but they put it on Peacock instead! And then I watched it! So who’s the real fool!

Sat, 18 Jul 2020 19:48:19 +1200


The Wood, 1999 - ★★★★

This shit is so good. Lotta stuff in the flashbacks definitely don’t hold up to modern attitudes, but it all still kinda works. I love Richard T. Jones. Also love seeing Taye Diggs in a position where he’s more “goofy” than cool. The corner store/arrest scene is truly so funny to me, all the stuff with Stacey is a highlight. A real comfort movie.

Sat, 18 Jul 2020 10:39:46 +1200


the addie-juyigbe 31 day film festival

my good pal addie asked me to make her a schedule of movies to watch for every day of august and since we are the same exact person, i just picked 31 of my favorite movies that she had not seen– with extra care taken to make it predominantly diverse in the leads/creators/subjects– and chunked 'em into a list :) there is barely any order to it :) happy august :)

  1. The Brothers Bloom
  2. Stop Making Sense
  3. But I'm a Cheerleader
  4. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
  5. A Fish Called Wanda
  6. Okja
  7. Blindspotting
  8. West Side Story
  9. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  10. The Florida Project

...plus 21 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.

Sat, 1 Aug 2020 12:47:53 +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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