• The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★½

    20 minutes in i realized this was a 2+ hour courtroom drama and groaned out loud. why didn’t anyone warn me the trial of the chicago 7 was about a trial

  • Grimsby

    Grimsby

    ½

    the final boss of sacha baron cohen thirst-watching. hp is almost completely drained; the SBC Battalion’s shields are gravely weakened. there were moments when we didn’t think we’d pull through (elephant sex scene our soldiers refuse to go into detail about). in the end, we managed to emerge alive. but make no mistake: this was no victory. 

    QUEST COMPLETED
    +20,000 XP

  • Dick Johnson Is Dead

    Dick Johnson Is Dead

    ★★★★½

    the empathetic docu-fantasies of agnès varda live on through kirsten johnson. attempts to answer the immutable question of how we are supposed to shoulder the burden of knowing that the people we love will die, then accepts that there is no answer. or rather, that acceptance is the answer. 

    there’s a memorial bench at the cemetery by my apartment that reads “LOVE IS LONGER THAN LIFE AND STRONGER THAN DEATH.” it doesn’t get more succinct than that.

  • Saint Maud

    Saint Maud

    ★★★★

    obsession and possession are two sides of the same coin. illness manifests physically and mentally. how much can one suffer without losing their faith, their sanity? 

    rose glass’s debut feature (!) expertly builds suspense and tension — it all leads up to an unforgettably shocking ending that burns itself into your memory, a stigmata for the hippocampus. i got irrationally scared in my bathroom when i returned home from the drive-in, which is an indisputable trademark of high-grade horror!

  • Devil

    Devil

    ★★

    reminds me of this guy’s short film i had to watch in college that was essentially just a Saw rip-off but instead of the victims being punished for committing borderline-irredeemable crimes the killer kidnaps a guy for stealing a bike and a woman for cheating then writes “theft” and “adultery” on a chalkboard. so it’s like that but also chris messina is there

  • Ringu

    Ringu

    ★★★½

    🎶 IT’S BEEN one week since the ghost called me 📞👻 crawled out of the well and through the TV 📺👻 🎶

  • The Glorias

    The Glorias

    ★★★

    (My review for Willamette Week!)

    A bus. Black and white. The only color is the yellow of the road. The only passengers are four women of different ages. These are the titular Glorias, liminal representations of legendary feminist Gloria Steinem. Two of them are Academy Award winners Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander, the latter portraying Steinem from ages 20-40, the former from 40 onwards. Using the bus as a narrative framing device, this biopic chronicles her journey from troubled childhood…

  • Come Back, Little Sheba

    Come Back, Little Sheba

    ★★★½

    watched almost entirely because prior walter from angels in america named his cat little sheba, haha. really more of a 3 than a 3 1/2, but the historical context of it being made in 1952 elevates the thin plot — an older wife with a younger husband! a woman sketching a scantily clad man as he poses for her! they even say the word “s*x”!!! i would’ve fainted in ye ol’ picture palace

  • Repo! The Genetic Opera

    Repo! The Genetic Opera

    ★★★

    made $188,126 on an $8.5 million budget because it spent all its money on casting paris hilton instead of hiring my chemical romance to compose the music. nevertheless i think it is bold + admirable to make a movie that caters exclusively to the marginalized subsect of emo girls who love horror and did theatre in high school. i am that 1%

  • Secretary

    Secretary

    ★★★★

    *roman roy voice* ugh! hot. ugh!

  • Les Misérables

    Les Misérables

    ★★★★

    ok. this is approximately my 13th rewatch of les mis. almost everyone i respect says the movie is bad. finally starting to accept that maybe my abject affection for it is a glaring critical blindspot.

    at the same time, it still gives me genuine chills! the 3 song stretch of On My Own —> One Day More —> Do You Hear The People Sing? is bop city! Master Of The House goes so hard that, for a brief 5 minutes, i go full landlord rights activist! we WILL be sparing the thénardiers in the housing revolution. yum yum these boots were made for licking 😋

  • Sisters

    Sisters

    ★★★★

    unexpected but welcome addition to ACAB canon — cogent narrative choice for the cops to refuse to help the plucky gal reporter because she wrote articles denouncing police brutality. horror films often fall into the trap of relying on police to save the main characters’ lives, so it’s refreshing to see that subverted in a realistic and meaningful way. 

    also love how she explicitly called them out for not caring about the case because the violent perpetrator was a white…