• Parasite

    Parasite

    No one in this movie understands stairs.

  • Harlot

    Harlot

    Mario Montez reclines on the couch, leaning gently on Carol Koshinskie. Mario gently extends her arm, embracing the cat. She nibbles on its ear, as the cat writhes in distress. Upon closer inspection, the cat has been a banana this entire time. A slight grin crosses Mario's face as she eats the banana, one bite after another. Carol locks eyes with the camera, expressionless as she slides off the couch and inches away from the banana carnage.

    Mario lies all…

  • Empire

    Empire

    ★★★½

    I just finished through watching ("watching") all of Empire in one sitting. Selected notes:

    1m It's really overexposed. I can see the outline of the Empire State Building and the peaks of a few other towers are faintly visible. Otherwise it's hard to make anything out.

    18m Much easier to make out the building now. I can see all the setbacks going up it. They're shooting from an odd angle that makes the right side of the building look like…

  • The Nude Vampire

    The Nude Vampire

    ★★★½

    A moody, atmospheric dream in which a young man tries to unravel the mysteries of a vampire woman, a secret society, and how Lemaître ended up in this movie.

  • My Brother's Shoes

    My Brother's Shoes

    ★½

    Maybe don't write two parallel rape scenes into a wacky comedy if you're not sure where you're going with all this, because wow.

  • Climax

    Climax

    ★★★★

    hieronymus bausch

  • A Single Man

    A Single Man

    ★★★★

    turning a big dial taht says "Saturation" on it and constantly looking back at the audience for approval like a contestant on the price is right

  • Short Fuse

    Short Fuse

    ★★★★

    Show me some ACT UP footage set to anything off of Now That's What I Call Disco and I will start crying in the theatre, marvel at your immense artistic talent, and give your movie no fewer than three stars. I'm not proud of it, but I also wasn't expecting Warren Sonbert to be the one leveraging that.

  • Outer Space

    Outer Space

    ★★★★½

    This is one of my favorites. I sure as hell wasn't expecting to finally see it on the big screen as a last-minute addition to an open screening, but I'll take it.

  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★★½

    Essential viewing, holiday-depression-wise.

  • Schmeerguntz

    Schmeerguntz

    ★★★½

    The montage here is so rapid that I'm just now noticing this may be history's first ironic use of women laughing alone with salad.

  • At Berkeley

    At Berkeley

    I'm constantly amazed how Frederick Wiseman is able to find a single scene that outlines an entire documentary, in someone else's word. In Belfast, Maine, which I first saw last month, it was a teacher discussing Moby Dick. He brings up Melville's focus on working class figures in an uncannily fitting description of Wiseman's career. Here in At Berkeley Wiseman shows the same keen eye right away with three scenes during the opening—a talk about the founding of UC Berkeley,…