• Eternals

    Eternals

    ★★★½

    Love how everyone online (myself included) absolutely ripped this one apart prior to release for the bland visuals and bad jokes, when this actually ended up being one of Marvel’s most visually stunning films, and one of the rare entries where the jokes almost never come at the expense of the drama and emotion. Anyway, I really liked this and it absolutely exceeded my expectations. There are definitely numerous issues, but personally it was just so refreshing to watch a Marvel film as sensitive and comfortable with emotion and slowness as this was.

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★

    Edgar Wright is the coolest and it was so refreshing to watch a filmmaker under 50 actually use the directing toolbox the way he does. But the clever shot choices, gorgeous visuals, and *incredible* soundtrack only worked for so long before I started wondering what on earth he was actually trying to say with all this. The climax is so thematically vapid and even devoid of thrills or intensity that I almost forgot how much I enjoyed the first half. Oh well! I liked the good parts.

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★★

    “It’s a good life, isn’t it?”
    “The best.”

  • Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

    Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

    ★★½

    First time at the theatre in almost a year and a half, and the lights came back on twenty seconds before it ended. The movies are back baby!!

  • The Nest

    The Nest

    ★★★★½

    I expected to love this after I saw what Matt Zoller Seitz had to say about it, but I absolutely adored this and it was so up my alley. Carrie Coon might have given the best female performance of 2020 and awards bodies just ignored it. Loved the quasi-horror vibe and the dreamy 80s soundtrack. So many moments in this that just hit me like a ton of bricks.

  • David Byrne's American Utopia

    David Byrne's American Utopia

    ★★★★½

    BYRNE’S ELEVEN

  • First Cow

    First Cow

    ★★★★

    First Cow is like a less stressful version of Parasite that still hurt me emotionally but didn't make me want to jump off a cliff at the end. Loved it.

  • Ocean's Twelve

    Ocean's Twelve

    ★★★★

    What a difference a rewatch makes. After my first viewing of this I was left feeling a little high and dry, a little confused, and just lukewarm in general, although I enjoyed it and still caught glimpses of the greatness that a lot of my favourite members on here claim this has. Now, on a second watch, it's like each member of Soderbergh's crew (and every letterboxd member who has given this film the high ratings it deserves) has joined…

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★★

    Definitely wasn’t expecting an Andy Samberg movie to make me cry but here we are. It’s like a 90 minute therapy session that’s also really funny and kind of bonkers.

  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★★

    Kicking myself for not seeing this in a packed theatre when I still had the chance. So well crafted from start to finish, and the way it uses an old concept to mimic the experience of being abused and gaslit is incredibly intense without ever feeling manipulative. What a ride.

  • Aquaman

    Aquaman

    ★★★½

    First DCEU film that feels like there was actually a human behind the camera. It’s so much fun. Actually embraces the silliness of the concept, the action is *so* well done, and there’s genuine drama that isn’t constantly undercut by jokes. It feels more inspired by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson than probably any current DC or Marvel film. This still has all the tropes, but it feels like its own thing, bursting with humanity and compelling themes, and unafraid to be earnest and cheesy.

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★★

    The Force Awakens: J.J. Abrams puts together a fantastic grocery list full of tantalizing items and delicious possibilities. There’s no clear idea from looking at this list what the meal might be, and some of the items on the list don’t seem to belong, but it’s a fantastic list, and a number of incredible meals could be made using the given ingredients.

    The Last Jedi: Rian Johnson receives the groceries in the kitchen, considers all the possibilities, and asks himself,…