Arts editor @ CCAC Voice. Going to Catholic U this Fall. Favorites Theme: Last Four 4+ Star Reviews.
"We've always had shit."
"But this time, we are really into it."
Simon Abrams' Birthday Bash
Completely incomprehensible. Imagine someone took "To Catch a Thief", "Citizen Kane", "Tenet", and Fulci's "Zombie" and then just randomly excised segments and cut them together over Moody Blues music. I cannot even begin to describe what happened here beyond that it follows an astrologer and his career. "The Astrologer" felt like twenty-five movies in one with some of the most…
"When this thing gets up to 88 mph, you're gonna see some serious shit"
Sometimes you just have to conquer the Oedipal complex to save your existence and the timeline of the universe, get a car and become a man. Zemeckis cooked up one of the finest blockbusters ever released to the silver screen. A film about the repetition and changes of time as well as Crispin Glover's incredible dance moves. A true masterpiece.
"This is heavy"
96/100. Watched at Hollywood Theater (7:30pm; $5).
"Motherless Brooklyn" coasted primarily on its fantastic cast and my love of urban planning history/noir/"The Power Broker". There is a good movie in here but it is often buried underneath an unattractive veneer. The digital look was a huge mistake. I am sure Norton probably could have swung a better cinematographer. Additionally, at 144 minutes, the film did not quite explore as much about the whole NYC part as it did with the detective side of things. I would have preferred a more 50/50 split than 35% NYC and 65% noir.
57/100. Watched on HBO Max (HD TV; HD).
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Wacky fun comedy with Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo that is sure to become a classic in at least a few circles. The comedy did not always land for me but it worked far more times than it failed. My main criticism is that it just feels like a movie released in 2015 and not in 2021. I got hardcore late 2000s/early 2010s vibes from this. Not necessarily a bad thing but it gave me flashbacks to some of that era's worst comedies.
66/100. Watched On Demand (HD TV; HD).
Up Next: Motherless Brooklyn
Month on MUBI: 1/30
This challenge will probably fail.
Wow, what an incredible directorial debut from Ariane Labed. The photography is gorgeous and the acting says a lot by saying little. The titular character is the source of the film's tension. She always seems to be wildly shifting from being controlled to being in control. The whole film seems to be in tension between opposite forces. There is something oddly both sensual and disgusting about it. I hope Labed gets more attention soon!
87/100. Watched on MUBI (Phone and Desktop; HD).