• Bergman Island

    Bergman Island

    ★★★★

    a must-see for any and all Bergman Babes! rich interrogation of his life’s work translated into a naturalistic romantic drama. oftentimes, the more i read/learn about a [usually male] artist i admire, the less enamored i am by them. thorny, devious, sometimes cruel; interesting as characters, as ideals, as archetypes, but unpleasant to think of them as real people who inflicted real pain instead of immaculate gods. 

    it’s refreshing to see a nuanced and empathetic filmmaker like mia hansen-løve explore this layered idea,…

  • Hotel Artemis

    Hotel Artemis

    ★★½

    video game cut-scene movie. if this were a video game (it should be) i would like to play as sofia boutella, though would be tempted to be jenny slate, charlie day, or perhaps even father john misty. this cast is wacky!

    anyway, i’m almost done with my first ever play-through of the Mass Effect series if anyone wants to say anything about that?

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★★★

    beneath its steely and bloody exterior, beneath its impeccably directed body horror, even beneath all the fascinating things it has to say about the fluidity of gender, Titane is ultimately a film about love. about what happens when love brushes up against hate and fear and rage and alienation and every negative emotion oozing through your veins like motor oil. how love is born from the most unlikely sources, how it takes myriad forms (romantic, platonic, paternal, maternal, etc.). 

    Cronenberg's…

  • Pulse

    Pulse

    ★★★★

    a techno-ghost story that suggests the hollow detachment of the internet is a symptom that is both highly contagious and inescapable 😁

    Pulse presciently predicted in 2001 that widespread internet use would lead to chronic loneliness, isolation, and misery; states of mind that are represented here as shadowy black stains and paranoid red tape. the dreary and dread-filled atmosphere supersedes its thin plot, crafting something trepidatious and ambiguous, eliciting scares from the ethereal and the existential rather than the visceral. had to see it on 35mm with a crowd so the internet ghosts that feed off of solitude couldn’t get me

  • Life Itself

    Life Itself

    ½

    knew it would be bad of course, but didn't realize it would be one of the most evil, repugnant, treacherous pieces of media i've ever consumed. it's like if my nemesis John Green tossed Margaret (2011) and Babel (2006) into a blender that eviscerates all intelligence and meaning. somehow manages to render Oscar Isaac, a famously charismatic man, completely devoid of charm.

    i started laugh-crying and rolling around on my friend's apartment floor 12 minutes in when the self-insert protagonist…

  • The Voyeurs

    The Voyeurs

    a twisty ode to hitchcock/de palma that effectively captures that specific, strange eroticism of going to the optometrist. at its best when leaning into the stickiness of voyeurism vs. exhibition, of the power inherent in the act of looking. nice to see someone trying to revive and modernize the erotic thriller — also, sydney sweeney is a star!

  • Enchanted

    Enchanted

    ★★★½

    fun disney movie from before disney was a major threat to the art of cinema!

  • Annette

    Annette

    ★★★★

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

    *at the hyperbowl halftime performance* oof. Yikes 😬thanks for letting me know, baby annette. unfollowing henry mchenry now. sorry i saw a joke tweet he made about how he became a comedian to disarm people, and that making people laugh is the only way he can tell the truth without getting killed. it wasn't very funny but i followed anyway. didn't realize he killed multiple people and made you perform internationally against your will, literally objectifying you to the point of depersonalization

  • Final Destination

    Final Destination

    ★★★½

    there’s a guy in this named agent schrek. characters keep saying things like “get me agent schrek!” and “agent schrek is on the line.” if this movie had come out just one year later, they tragically would’ve had to change that. oh and also ummm all the airplane explosion stuff :/

  • Four Weddings and a Funeral

    Four Weddings and a Funeral

    ★★½

    gave my mom an option of 6 different hugh grant rom-coms and she had to pick the worst one. this movie blows! i’ve seen it four times

  • Ella Enchanted

    Ella Enchanted

    cary elwes dropping two feel-good fairy-tale rom-coms in the same year (this and Saw) is aspirational

  • Mamma Mia!

    Mamma Mia!

    ★★★★★

    casting pierce brosnan knowing full well that he sings like that is camp. i naïvely and blasphemously used to believe that this movie had its flaws (i don’t know her…), but a fourth rewatch has revealed that they were strengths all along. the perfect summer movie for people who are fun and love to have fun :)