• Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★★

    even more pin-point precise on rewatch. themes are numerous (balance and structure, responsibility vs. ambition, attention vs. interest, the burden of the future, etc.), and they stack on top of each other like concrete jenga blocks, building a modernist architectural feat like the tower featured on the poster. so lofty, yet so down-to-earth. the atmosphere is quiet and meditative -- music doesn't really kick in until the 38-minute mark, when Casey is explaining her passion for the architecture of the…

  • Crash

    Crash

    ★★★★

    watched this in the living room and now all my roommates think i want to reshape the malleable human body through the immortal steeliness of technology by doinking my car :/

  • Return of the Jedi

    Return of the Jedi

    ★★★★

    happy 4/20! this is a queer camp classic

  • Dead Ringers

    Dead Ringers

    ★★★★½

    new fav cronenberg alert! instead of his usual venereal horror, the horror here is more psychological, derived from extreme co-dependency, fractured identity, and debilitating paranoia. how do adult identical twins who have spent their whole lives believing they're one soul go about separating themselves without losing their respective individualities? thematically and visually (those blood-red surgical robes!), this is some of cronenberg's strongest and most cohesive work.

    (also... not to make every possible thing about robert pattinson... but... he would've nailed…

  • The Great Mouse Detective

    The Great Mouse Detective

    ★★★½

    can i use the “gay rat” tag if ratigan continuously insists he’s a mouse? gonna do it no matter what but thought i’d be polite and ask first

  • Smooth Talk

    Smooth Talk

    ★★★★

    flirting with disaster and getting away with it. looking for trouble and screaming when you find it. the endemically teenage desire to die for just a little bit of attention.

    Smooth Talk hasn't left my mind since i watched it. laura dern has always been a superstar. at work yesterday, i found a joyce carol oates collection and read the short story it was based off of (Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?) on my 15-minute break. i…

  • Stargirl

    Stargirl

    ★★

    in Stargirl, 16-year-old protagonist leo’s birthday is a major plot point. he receives a porcupine necktie every year from a mysterious benefactor. he is sad that his mom is working and cannot be home to celebrate. he is thrilled when manic pixie Stargirl surprises him at school with a ukelele serenade of Happy Birthday. 

    the next day, leo receives a text and we see the date on his phone: September 12th. as leo’s birthday was the day before, this means…

  • The Muppet Movie

    The Muppet Movie

    ★★★★

    need to smoke a blunt with janice

  • Dinner with Friends

    Dinner with Friends

    ★★★

    toni collette, greg kinnear, andi macdowell, and dennis quaid in a movie directed by norman jewison and shot by ROGER DEAKINS? AND it’s based off of one of those plays that are entirely about two sets of couples fighting in various locations around the house?????

    of COURSE the girls and i loved this in spite of its flaws of COURSE we gasped and cheered and cackled through the entire 94-minute runtime of COURSE there’s a classic scene of toni freaking out at the family dinner table

  • Ruby Sparks

    Ruby Sparks

    ★★★

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

    clever premise that wusses out with a 500 Days of Summer-esque ending but wilds out with the casting of annette bening and antonio banderas as the parents of paul dano and ❤️🇮🇹chris messina🇮🇹❤️

    in zoe kazan’s own words, the film is meant to challenge and subvert the gaze (noble goal!), and maybe her original screenplay did, but the end product materializes as toothless. we never get to see ruby as a real person, nor her life outside of calvin, and i’m…

  • The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
  • Slaying the Dragon

    Slaying the Dragon

    hard to rate this, as it’s a 58-minute made-for-PBS special, but it’s the only documentary i could find about the history and impact of cinema’s dehumanizing stereotypes of asian and asian-american women. through archival footage of old films and interviews with pioneering asian actresses and other experts, our on-screen legacy is examined through a different, fresher lens (the doc is directed by chinese-american Deborah Gee and funded by Asian Women United). 

    we are told to be quiet, docile, submissive, passive;…