• The Man Who Knew Too Much

    The Man Who Knew Too Much

    ★★★½

    Quite a lot of this movie feels forgettable, I mean obviously at this stage in his career it would take quite a lot for Hitchcock to make something bad or nearing mediocre. It's carried almost entirely by a charming as hell Jimmy Stewart performance and Doris Day singing her heart out.

    But MAN. That assassination sequence during the symphony in the climax was exactly the kind of nail-biting, no dialogue suspense I had been waiting to feel during both of…

  • Shadow of a Doubt

    Shadow of a Doubt

    ★★★½

    This was pretty good! I'm having a bit of a harder time than most others in spotting the masterpiece in this film but I do like it a lot. Joseph Cotten steals the show here, really excellent menacing performance that's executed with a deft subtlety that I loved. I like the other performances as well and the film's underlying themes of domestic paranoia and perception are really elevated by all of them working in conjunction. I think it's an interesting…

  • Knight and Day

    Knight and Day

    ★★½

    Watched in what seemed like 144p on cable tv with me dad, the way James Mangold intended.

    Occasionally silly fun, occasionally painfully boring and too wrapped up in the dull plot.

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    ★★★★

    Even if it was a little predictable (you don't cast Stellan Skarsgard for a bit part as a nondescript brother) this was still a GREAT mystery and one that is fun to figure out alongside the characters. Solid performances. Killer score. I'd say maybe the least visually interesting of all of Fincher's works,
    I dunno I haven't seen some of them in a while, but still very above the average visual style of most films. Really enjoyed overall.

  • From Beyond

    From Beyond

    ★★★

    Apparently I forgot to log this but I remember being pretty underwhelmed by this. (this review is being written a year and a half later)

  • Dark Shadows

    Dark Shadows

    ★★½

    I expected pure trash, and I got a little bit of that, but this was surprisingly watchable compared to what my expectations were. The major problems I had with it was that: it had a few funny jokes, but most of the comedy stemmed from repeating those same jokes over and over. The plot feels so inconsequential and the stakes are so unbearably low compared to how the film tries to treat them. And the characters aside from Barnaby barely feel developed at all.

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    ★★★★½

    The amount of times I turned to my brother (who had never seen this in full) and said “wait wait look this part is really cool”.

    Too many to count.

  • PlayTime

    PlayTime

    ★★★★★

    Reject Modernity

    Embrace Tati

  • The Tragedy of Man

    The Tragedy of Man

    ★★★½

    THE TRAGEDY OF MAN (one of those titles that just feels like it should be all caps) is a seemingly endless film, both thematically and artistically. Endlessly impressive, but not perfect. The film more or less lost me 2/3s of the way in when the pace got increasingly quick out of nowhere and the film switched between so many art styles and visual metaphors all while the dense philosophical dialogue trucked on and on at the same time. It became…

  • Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes

    Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes

    ★★★★

    Phenomenal how they scripted and pulled all this off, the timing here is insane and I'm confident it all holds up under scrutiny. The behind-the-scenes shown in the credits was just delightful to watch.

    Really creative movie overall with all the right amounts of coziness to it that makes it a well-rounded blast to watch. I've been in a bit of a movie rut recently so I'm glad this one was able to revitalize my enjoyment for the magic of movie-making again.

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★½

    I’ll be honest and admit I’m not the biggest Shakespeare nut in the world, I tend to only enjoy his works when they’re at least a little more accessible and not just adapted one to one. But Joel’s take on this classic story was an absolute delight to the senses in a way I won’t soon forget. It squeaked right in at the very end of the year, but this is probably my favorite cinematography of the year. As expected wonderful performances from Denzel and Frances.

  • Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke

    ★★★★★

    "Life is suffering. It is hard. The world is cursed but still - you find reasons to keep living."

    The coolest goddamn movie ever made. The final 20 minutes never fail to continuously send chills down my spine. More fantasy movies in this vein please.