• Great Freedom

    Great Freedom

    ★★★½

    CIFF 2021: film #3 (57th chicago international film festival)

    “i’ve been on the run all my life”

    poignant in a way that never feels forced or false, and just vulnerable enough to let tenderness creep its way in. franz rogowski is mesmerizing as a man stuck in time, solidifying him as one of my favorite working actors. i can’t remember the last time i saw such a good ending

  • Cow

    Cow

    ★★½

    CIFF 2021: film #2 (57th chicago international film festival)

    “is she that bad? as in, protective?”
    “she never used to be”

    leave it to andrea arnold to use a beautiful cover of skinny love by bon iver to set the scene in a film like this. the overall tone is stark but not necessarily bleak as the cow in question goes along with her daily routines, arnold’s camera trailing not far behind. i’m not sure enough here works for me as a whole feature, but i do want to nominate this cow for mother of the year

  • Bergman Island

    Bergman Island

    ★★★½

    CIFF 2021: film #1 (57th chicago international film festival)

    “can i tell you about what i’m writing?”

    beautiful both in its landscapes and layered ambiguity. the setting is perfect for the duel struggling artist story, (one of them struggling more than the other), as the lines between reality and fiction begin to blur. krieps, roth and wasikowska bring balance to the screen and together more than fill the shoes of ingmar himself while cycling around his island and in search of love, inspiration or both

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★

    two things can be true: #1. this is very likely my least favorite wes anderson film so far, and #2. i still had a total blast as usual so i don’t mind in the slightest

  • Three Colors: Red

    Three Colors: Red

    ★★★★★

    might be the most wondrous film about absolutely everything and nothing at all

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★½

    a grade school me too script that asks the question “maybe we should… believe women?” and then pats itself on the back just for asking the question. the irony that i was bored by the first two sections but liked where it was heading, and by the time jodie finally gets to shine the dialogue takes a sharp turn and the whole thing nosedives into the dirt. in the end i’m fine with this existing because it technically is a…

  • Lamb

    Lamb

    ★½

    this was so rough that i keep opening up this app to start a review and then i lock my phone and laugh

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★½

    the most fun i’ve had in theaters in so fucking long

  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    ★★★

    i still like this movie quite a lot, but after just finishing the book i definitely know which one i prefer. it was clearly a choice to center the story here completely on the conversion camp plotline, but unfortunately i found it to be the least engaging bigger element of the book. don’t be shy, someone adapt it again 🤲

  • Free Guy

    Free Guy

    definitely didn’t skim this just to watch the jodie comer scenes… i would never stoop so low

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    ★★★

    i can’t believe kacey musgraves wrote the song good wife about tammy faye

  • Singin' in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain

    ★★★★

    lina lamont kind of a girlboss?