• Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★½

    Peter in the prime of his life and it's edited like a youtube MAD. The hospital sequence essentially being Evil Dead 4. Much to like.
    Way funnier than the first, that's for sure! J.K. Simmons stole the entire movie with his sequences, if I'll be frank. There's a dude just having fun and chewing every second of screentime up like he's starving.

    I dunno, maybe I'm coming way too hot off the tray with Spider-Man 1, but it just didn't hit as hard. Heartfelt, undeniably so, but it's starting to feel a tad too quaint about it. Still, Molena did some incredible faces.

  • Spider-Man

    Spider-Man

    ★★★★½

    I don't know if I'm merely projecting because modern superhero movies have immunised me to their constant barrage of quippy, self-referential winks to the audience; the affixes to every expository scene with too much Comic Weirdness in it that lends levity in a way that reeks of zero confidence. The MCU machine is a juggernaut of Brand and Capital, but it's so embarrassed of itself. Anyway it's nice to see this and find the whole thing like, endearing and earnest,…

  • Beyond

    Beyond

    ★★★★½

    Dreams are impossible to recapture - lightning in a bottle experiences of haywire brain synapses firing in haphazard directions, creating uncanny imagery that you simply can't recall or recount without losing the sauce that made it the hallucination it was.

    Beyond is one of the best shorts in the Animatrix, one that I saw when I was like 8 or something and could only recall drips and drabs of; minuscule scenes out of sequence and out of key, memories so…

  • Kid's Story

    Kid's Story

    ★★★★★

    This Animatrix short kind of blew me away, some of the most sublime animation work I've ever seen. Meticulously detailed and still filled with utterly inspired explosions of kinetic energy. The skateboard sequence unafraid to bend and warp and contort, pulsing out of proportion with lust for life. Immediately a new favourite animation from across the entire medium, raw unbridled skill and dedication to the craft.

  • Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    ★½

    Some of the most heinous editing I've ever seen in a documentary. Was it trying to evoke the feeling of stress and aimless indignation that permeated Woodstock '99, or was the director clumsily grasping at any talking point he could find an excuse to splice topless teen clips onto? How do you fail to condemn the organisers for being hapless fuckwits spinning their wheels while the event spiralled out of control? Were they your pals, Garret Price?
    Some interview segments…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★½

    A mostly enjoyable time for what is a hoity prologue to a movie that doesn't exist yet. Honestly my least favourite scenes happened to be every instance Zendaya was featured - a cloying out-of-place New York Girl accent and dogwater dream sequences that look like a TV perfume advert. Loses momentum to insane degrees towards the final hour, which is a shame, because the rest was pretty wonderful. Tired of booming bassy soundscapes in grandiose locales of Nothing, but this…

  • The Man Who Would Never Be, What They Made Him To Be

    The Man Who Would Never Be, What They Made Him To Be

    ★★★★★

    "Snake eyes."
    "You rolled a five and a one."
    "Hell yeah."

    Someone, please put the actual final cut of this skit on Youtube please I am begging.

  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    Immortal Technique was in the right for bullying Lin-Manuel

  • Belly

    Belly

    ★★★★½

    Wasn't expecting 90's hood Giallo, but it delivered. Such beguiling command of light and sound that the otherwise patchy narrative is easy to gloss over. Captivating and kaleidoscopic from front to back. Belly full. Rest in peace DMX.

  • Another Round

    Another Round

    ★★½

    Carried pretty heavily by the casting choice of Mads, one of the most handsome men in the world. Puts a welcoming face to what feels like a fairly standard Danish television drama about cyclical toxic masculinity. A few things to be said about the things that it leaves open, but it's mostly just nice to imagine Kojima watching it while blushing.
    Worth it for the final scene, and for the brief window into a fantasy world where teachers don't live in poverty.

  • Space Jam

    Space Jam

    ★½

    Of course you "liked this movie as a kid", children in the 90's hit trees with baseball bats for fun.

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★

    A24 movies are really just a bunch of scenes. Barry Keoghan's performance was the best part.