Favorite films

  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Carol
  • The Magnificent Ambersons
  • The Piano

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  • Eternals

    ★★★½

  • The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★

  • Zola

    ★★★½

  • Encanto

    ★★★★

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  • 20th Century Women

    20th Century Women

    ★★★★½

    Annette Bening dances to Black Flag and "art fags" Talking Heads to try and understand her teenage son better. What more can you ask for?

    In all seriousness though, 20th Century Women is one of the most important films of the year. It's infused with such life and humanity - the characters in this feel like people you know and not just actors on screen. The temporary family that is formed goes to show that it take a lot more…

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  • Zola

    Zola

    ★★★½

    This felt so fresh and new; Janicza Bravo is a talent and her unique approach here was really rewarding to watch. Fantastic performances, sharp sound design, and a quirky—yet totally fitting—score from Mica Levi makes this a blast to sit through. Would love to revisit this in a double feature alongside Spring Breakers!

  • Encanto

    Encanto

    ★★★★

    Simple, yet endlessly charming and fun. Gorgeous animation and, once again this year, Lin Manuel-Miranda nails it with his songs. Begrudgingly, I have to give him the utmost praise; the songs are so good and my personal standout track is the amazing all-cast number “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.” A gay uncle—I mean, c’mon, he’s gay—with precognitive powers? I have to stan.

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  • Weekend

    Weekend

    ★★★★★

    Not since Lost in Translation or Before Sunset have I seen a more honest portrayal of a brief encounter between two strangers. Weekend is a simple film; a breath of fresh air that is charming and quite personal. It’s easily relatable — and not just for a gay viewer, but for anyone who’s had to deal with a similar situation — and it transcends sexual orientation to become a universal story of powerful human connection.

    I’m not sure if this…

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★

    Typical McKay editing that makes me want to just curl up and die. It’s such a mess that it nearly makes Vice look competent. So many interwoven clips that, honestly, half the time feel completely irrelevant. It’s generally just such an ugly, plasticky-looking film… cheap across the board.

    What makes this movie interesting is the cast and the choices they all make in terms of their performances—Lawrence is especially good and there is solid ensemble work from almost everyone here,…