• Something in the Dirt
  • Resurrection

    Resurrection

    Sundance screening #4

    Feels like a by the numbers, albeit very good, stalker thriller, but in the third act it rips the rug out from under you and goes bug nuts.

    Hall is an actress that I always think is very good, but have had a hard time vibing films she gives leading or meaty performances. Easily the best I’ve seen and it really helps that director Andrew Semans really knows how to use his lead. There’s a moment in the middle of the film that Hall gives an unbroken monologue about her past that really shows off her acting prowled.

  • After Yang

    After Yang

    Sundance screening #3

    β€œThere’s no something without nothing.”

    Beautiful film that I’m definitely going to be thinking about for awhile. Can’t wait to rewatch this one later this year.

  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    Sundance screening #2

    So much that resonates here as I’ve closed this chapter of my life of the last few years. Does that great thing of having all these idiosyncratic moments that make everything feel more universal. Seen it described as Danish Frances Ha and that feels pretty fitting, but the core relationship that runs through this adds a really impactful layer to all the themes the two films share.

  • Dual

    Dual

    Sundance screening #1.

    Killer opening, then take a few minutes for me to settle into it's rhythm, but once it started clicking, it works really well. Super sharp, delightfully off kilter, and quite funny. A director that’s stepped into the territory of me being in the bag with whatever he’s got coming up.

    Oh and Karen Gillan is stellar here.

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Charming young cast and it’s competently made, but by the time we roll into the third act and just repeats beat for beat the 1984 with some truly ghoulish moments of fan service and it really soured for me. If β€œgiving it back to the fans” is just regurgitating plots and making your film a feature length version of β€œWhere’s Waldo” for franchise callbacks, count me out.

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of MacBeth is astonishing. A masterclass in how to frame and shoot with some truly awe inspiring set designs. The boxy 1.37:1 aspect ratio works really well to create a claustrophobic atmosphere that really immerses you in the head spaces of its characters. Great performances from the whole cast. Denzel is electric, handling both the bombast and interiority of MacBeth as only he can. Kathryn Hunter is haunting as the trio of witches and McDormand is…

  • Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience

    Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience

    Shame this isn’t available anywhere outside of its short time on Mubi. Would be running this in 4K 24/7.

  • Petite Maman

    Petite Maman

    One of the sweetest most sincere things I’ve seen in a long while.

  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    β€œHe's so good. He's smart, and he's soΒ weird. He's older, and he's funny, and I don'tΒ know. He's a whole little person.”

    Phoenix is phenomenal and Mills gets such a natural performance out of young Woody Norman that the film wouldn’t work without. Just one of those films that has such a nuanced, tender perspective on the joys and trials of parenthood and a way of putting them on screen that feels very lived in and raw. Watched this with my wife and we both fell for it pretty hard.

  • Copshop

    Copshop

    Always in the bag for a dirtbag Gerard Butler action flick. Easily one of my favorite sub-genres.

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    β˜…β˜…Β½

    Simu Liu has the charisma of a wet paper bag, but he puts in the work physically (wish they game him more room to show it off) and pairing him with Akwafina is a smart move. Was enjoying the first half of this where it feels more intimate with seedy underworlds and family drama (Tony Leung does a lot of heavy lifting), but when we get to Ta Lo and it all opens up and shifts to world altering stakes…