• Promare

    Promare

    ★★★★

    I’ll be honest the 9/11 allegory falls apart by the end there. But only because the movie is introducing new concepts at too fast a pace to care about seeing that through to the end, doubling down on the frenetic spirit. Goes unreasonably hard unreasonably often.

  • Something Different

    Something Different

    ★★★★

    Honestly kind of a funny/ham-fisted comparison on paper that works pretty well in action, thanks to the well-noted documentary approach but also because of the meticulous compositions and inventive techniques. The montages of Vera doing the same routine or having the same conversation with rotating outfits and whatever else were pretty eye-opening, and the camera rotating with Eva during a salto snapped me out of the state of exhaustion I was in when I started this.

  • The Last Thing Mary Saw

    The Last Thing Mary Saw

    ★★

    Just realized for lowlight compression reasons why a horror-based streaming service was an awful idea

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★

    I think I understand how the Matrix fans who hate Resurrections feel, which is ironic because both movies target The Last Jedi naysayers who cream when young CGI Luke Skywalker rolls up in The Mandalorian. A certain young CGI character from the first Scream rolls up here, and I can’t tell if the fact that it’s borderline-unwatchable is a comment on that phenomenon or what, but I’m afraid my allotment of generous readings has run dry. Resurrections had me excited…

  • The Lost Daughter

    The Lost Daughter

    ★★★

    Wasn’t crazy about this one

  • Scream 4

    Scream 4

    ★★★★

    You guys were right, this one scratched the itch. The idea of literally making the killing spree a movie kind of contradicts the thematic idea of it as a movie that Scream 3 was going for, but whatever, that one sucks and this way we get more screens, which means setups that haven’t been this inventive and playful since the first one (and when it’s not screens it’s windows serving as a screen-surrogate). I had the reveal spoiled for me like 10…

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★★

    He may be deluding himself with the way he’s handled the pushback, but I also think the anti-McKay fervor is preventing people from meeting him halfway, from giving him even a morsel of benefit of the doubt. The movie’s fine! There are some good bits and the editing worked for me, or at least the cutting rhythms and freeze frames etc. The social media presentation, however, is pretty unforgivable, and I think it’s emblematic of what’s really wrong with the…

  • Scream 3

    Scream 3

    ★★

    The lack of play-by-play meta plot analysis is perhaps made up for by the attempt at the end to frame the whole Ghostface affair as a symbolic “movie” itself, outside of the in-world Stab series, and a consequence of showbiz corruption, not just the cultural reception of movies (not that they go very deep with it or utilize it thematically in how the kills play out), but by this point the series has in many ways become what it sought to…

  • The Departed

    The Departed

    ★★★★★

    This has grown on me like I would’ve never believed, especially considering how much I already liked it the first time I saw it. The Infernal Affairs skeleton is almost arbitrary to the endlessly rewarding presentation (though credit where credit’s due, a brilliantly simple setup mined to its full potential). I’m ready to admit it’s a top Scorsese.

  • King Kong

    King Kong

    ★★★

    When I was 5 I thought this was the classiest, most sophisticated monster movie I wasn’t understanding the adult themes of, considering I was 5. Now, I don’t really think that’s the case. I think this would probably look better in 3D actually, I imagine the jarring green screen shots were supposed to be like a 21st century ode to the matte painting, but they just look kind of wonky in 2D. The lighting is dynamic enough to convince me…

  • Sex and the City 2

    Sex and the City 2

    ★★★★★

    Truly the final frontier of the series. God bless America.

  • Normal People

    Normal People

    ★★★★

    Really struggled with the first episode. It felt like people being overly cruel to Marianne just so she could clap back was a power fantasy, but then everything else that happens to her is basically the opposite of a power fantasy. The first half also kind of feels like the same 3-episode arc happening twice, once in high school and once in college with no real episodic distinction, but as more time starts to lapse between episodes and they each…