Juul_i has written 61 reviews for films during 2020.

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★

    I KNEW this movie was going to delicately introduce large philosophical questions and force me to confront them in an emotionally-dense, but ultimately rewarding way, and I still wasn't ready.

    Very good.

  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★★★★

    Every time I watch this I get mad I'm not 100% gay

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    ★★

    Steve Trevor, born in 1915, upon seeing an escalator: 😍🤪😩🤪🤩😖🤯🤯🤯

    Invention of the escalator: 1892

  • Broadcast News

    Broadcast News

    ★★

    Everyone sucks and has awful hair. Maybe if I was a media type (or wanted to be) I'd dig this, but it screams of journalistic self-importance. Just because the setting is the news doesn't mean all the office drama is automatically interesting or important.

    While the plot circled a point about flash and entertainment super-ceding the actual story when it comes to broadcast news, the examples chosen to illustrate their case fell flat.

    How dare this faux rom com take over 2 hours of my time.

  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    ★★

    Nothing like rewatching a movie you saw once when you were 7.

    I'm not a fan of Jim Carey or this performance but even I felt for The Grinch-- The Whos are a horrible people and Whoville is a terrifying dystopian nightmare. Not a single right angle in sight! I'd torture them too.

  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    ★★★★★

    In my opinion even better than the original for three simple reasons:

    1) bigger and better booby traps

    2) really leans into the child-alone-on-vaction fantasy. #1 gave us ice cream sundaes and going through your brother's room; this gave us pizza in a limousine, shopping at an enormous toy store, and ordering $1000 worth of room service to your suite at the PLAZA HOTEL! Even Eloise never lived so large

    3) Pigeon Lady > Shovel Man

    Makes me miss NY. I'M WALKIN' HERE!!!!

  • Trading Places

    Trading Places

    ★★★½

    While some of the choices made have not aged well, overall this movie holds up. Still very funny, still very entertaining, and I choose to believe that's still exactly how commodities trading works.

    Where it lost me was some of the over-the-top cartoonish elements of the last act. I guess that's the 80s for ya.

  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★★★★

    The only way women can have an ounce of power in this cruel, patriarchal world is to be gay; do crimes

  • Dick Johnson Is Dead

    Dick Johnson Is Dead

    ★★★

    One family's tender, fantastical, sick, and well-funded creative experiment to commemorate a kind man, as he looks his oncoming decline in the eye and grapples with that reality.

    I appreciate how both Johnsons make us face the "big" questions, but I wish there were more of a thesis here.

  • Safety Not Guaranteed

    Safety Not Guaranteed

    ★★★½

    This movie had no right to make me feel so much.

    I picked something that looked easy to watch and was free on Netflix to play in the background while I folded laundry, but by the end of the 1:25 runtime, I found myself sitting on my living room floor, clutching my laptop, allowing myself care deeply about a Mark Duplass character.

    It's not that this movie is exceptional or beautifully shot or even all that consequential, but it does…

  • Home Alone

    Home Alone

    ★★★★★

    Bravissimo!!! Un chef-d'oeuvre!! I hope to only have daughters, but if I have a son I can only pray he's like Kevin McCallister.

    That was so much pizza for $120!

  • My Spy

    My Spy

    ★★½

    Further proof the wrestler-to-actor pipeline works