• The Battle of Chile: Part II

    The Battle of Chile: Part II

    ★★★★½

    Christ

  • Walker

    Walker

    ★★★★★

    jaw legitimately dropped at the credits. somewhere between three-and-a-half and four stars for the picture itself, five full stars for the fucking balls of making this movie in 1987 as a collaboration with not only the Sandinista government but ordinary Nicaraguan civilians using major studio money. jesus the way the ending just explodes any pretense it had of simply being a biopic. also the bit where Walker just struts in there and plays that piano. rly underscores how deranged this…

  • Wasteland

    Wasteland

    ★★★★½

    saw this again, showed it to Spencer. still fuckin love how intense the ending is beneath everything else. already exhausted most of my comments in my other review—i think it's important to be fair so my one negative word is occasionally the dialogue trips over itself in trying to convey feeling, but otherwise, again, it's completely brilliant

  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

    The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

    ★★★★½

    wtf dude this movie is funny as hell, like 50 times funnier than when i last saw it. admittedly it may be due to the fact i barely remembered it before this watch, but this is like genuinely hilarious. scene that sticks out to me is Fernando Rey assaulting the guerrilla who comes to assassinate her and trying to drown her in pseud bullshit as she throws around and smashes various pieces of decor. the jokes here actually reward close…

  • Sparrow

    Sparrow

    ★★★★

    in 2007 Johnnie To read some book on pickpocketing technique while listening to jazz and thought to himself "this is the coolest fucking thing ever. both the pickpocketing and the jazz. i know what my next movie is going to be about"

    and he was right

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    ★★★½

    this is the first time i've seen this in like 13 yrs. Danny Elfman's score here primed me to love Cardiacs. also i am absolutely vibing w/ probably-molested mildly autistic trans boymoder Willy Wonka, and i am glad she got to fulfil most of her dreams at the end

  • Conspiracy of Silence

    Conspiracy of Silence

    ★★★★

    knew most of the specific info in this already but fuck dude. i went through similar shit as the victims speaking here when i was rly young. how the fuck do you deal w/ this lol. shit

  • Harvey

    Harvey

    ★★★★½

    "Years ago my mother used to say to me; she’d say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be,'—she always called me Elwood—'In this world, you must be oh so smart, or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me."

    i wanna be Elwood's friend T u T

  • Rear Window

    Rear Window

    ★★★★

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

    another film i probably need to rewatch in order to get the full experience, largely because i've been zonked on some kind of head problem. which isn't to say that i didn't love it!! it is obviously a very well-constructed film; the way the set is made works w/ all the possible moods of the film, the coloration makes me think of an attempt to do expressionism in Technicolor. (also the phallic imagery does wonders for the feel of the…

  • Husbands

    Husbands

    ★★★★½

    i began this movie with terrible heartburn, and ended it w/ terrible gastrointestinal problems. in this way, i find i can understand the main characters a bit. none of them are particularly good guys, although as my bf pointed out, Cassavetes can't bring himself to hate them, which is probably for the best, as in the end he allows them to demonstrate themselves how awful they are. all of his movies are extremely human; this one probes more into the…

  • Happy Together

    Happy Together

    ★★★★½

    being lonely is the same whether you're with someone or not. sometimes you wanna get up in the early morning and avoid your boyfriend, because being around him just throws how truly alone you are into sharp relief. at least then you'll be alone with yourself

  • David Byrne's American Utopia

    David Byrne's American Utopia

    ★★★★

    rly shld've kept "The Great Curve" from the stage show! other than that this is genuinely utterly joyful and one of the few times i've felt a genuine wonder at the world since i was like 9. the climax is genuinely moving; one rly does come away w/ a sense of what Hunter Hunt-Hendrix said in a very different context: "And we should say 'American' rather than 'US': the US is a declining empire; America is an eternal ideal representing…