• Carrie

    Carrie

    ★★★★½

    “they better not start anything. they just better not. she did not know if her gift had come from the lord of light or of darkness, and now, finally finding that she did not care which, she was overcome with an almost indescribable relief, as if a huge weight, long carried, had slipped from her shoulders”

  • Angst

    Angst

    roomate hated it so much that he said something along the lines of wishing he could go back in time and smash the first movie cameras ever made 💀

  • Paris, 13th District

    Paris, 13th District

    ★★★★

    CIFF 2021: film #5 (57th chicago international film festival)

    “you got it wrong, camille. so did i. we both got it wrong”

    mon dieu! so pleased to be ending my virtual fest this year with such a dreamy knockout of a film. lush black and white photography intimately captures the complicated bonds the characters share and then scales back to show the city at large. the story takes turns i wasn’t expecting and finishes on such a wonderful note, stirring…

  • Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

    Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

    ★★★★★

    funny enough the statistics show that this movie contains at least 13 of the top 100 best film quotes of all time, including but not limited to “i cut my foot before and my shoe is filling up with blood” and “there's a guy in a rowboat going x miles, and the current is going like, you know, some other miles, and how long does it take him to get to town? it's like, who cares? who wants to go to town with a guy who drives a rowboat?”

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    love love love when a blockbuster is almost all methodical worldbuilding instead of pew pew space fighting filler like yes girl give us EVERYTHING

  • Broadcast Signal Intrusion

    Broadcast Signal Intrusion

    ★★½

    CIFF 2021: film #4 (57th chicago international film festival)

    “do you really wanna be the guy to figure out what that means?”

    super enticing noir thriller from the jump but unfortunately loses a ton of steam as the plot gets more complicated. i had fun with this one but in the end i’m not really sure what it left me with

  • Great Freedom

    Great Freedom

    ★★★½

    CIFF 2021: film #3 (57th chicago international film festival)

    “i’ve been on the run all my life”

    poignant in a way that never feels forced or false, and just vulnerable enough to let tenderness creep its way in. franz rogowski is mesmerizing as a man stuck in time, solidifying him as one of my favorite working actors. i can’t remember the last time i saw such a good ending

  • Cow

    Cow

    ★★½

    CIFF 2021: film #2 (57th chicago international film festival)

    “is she that bad? as in, protective?”
    “she never used to be”

    leave it to andrea arnold to use a beautiful cover of skinny love by bon iver to set the scene in a film like this. the overall tone is stark but not necessarily bleak as the cow in question goes along with her daily routines, arnold’s camera trailing not far behind. i’m not sure enough here works for me as a whole feature, but i do want to nominate this cow for mother of the year

  • Bergman Island

    Bergman Island

    ★★★½

    CIFF 2021: film #1 (57th chicago international film festival)

    “can i tell you about what i’m writing?”

    beautiful both in its landscapes and layered ambiguity. the setting is perfect for the duel struggling artist story, (one of them struggling more than the other), as the lines between reality and fiction begin to blur. krieps, roth and wasikowska bring balance to the screen and together more than fill the shoes of ingmar himself while cycling around his island and in search of love, inspiration or both

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★

    two things can be true: #1. this is very likely my least favorite wes anderson film so far, and #2. i still had a total blast as usual so i don’t mind in the slightest

  • Three Colors: Red

    Three Colors: Red

    ★★★★★

    might be the most wondrous film about absolutely everything and nothing at all

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★½

    a grade school me too script that asks the question “maybe we should… believe women?” and then pats itself on the back just for asking the question. the irony that i was bored by the first two sections but liked where it was heading, and by the time jodie finally gets to shine the dialogue takes a sharp turn and the whole thing nosedives into the dirt. in the end i’m fine with this existing because it technically is a…