• News of the World

    News of the World

    ★★★

    more than anything this reminded me that i still need to finish red dead redemption 2

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★½

    hi hello so i just made a video ranking this year’s best picture nominees at the oscars for anyone who wants to check it out. and this review will self destruct soon!!! thank u

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★½

    best picture marathon: film #8

    “because she loved rocks”

    this truly feels less like a movie and more like a fond but hazy memory, which might be why it’s so special in my eyes. life is mostly made up of memories we recount all alone in the quiet, and otherwise we’re busy distracting ourselves to keep from thinking about them. this honors those memories and gives itself over to a protagonist who chooses to live inside of them while on…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★½

    best picture marathon: film #7

    “you saved my life. you made it beautiful”

    i’ve seen many films tackle the subject of change, but never quite like this. the narrative here unfolds more like reality, the lead character riding waves of distress alongside occasional moments of joy and acceptance as he struggles to decide his next move. life is not a straight line, it’s messy and unpredictable and fucking scary, and this paints that picture in a really balanced way. and it’s…

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★★½

    best picture marathon: film #6

    “anywhere there's people, there's power”

    always keeps our focus right where it needs to be and in turn the emotional weight of every scene feels just as heavy as intended. just phenomenal filmmaking with amazing performances all around that never feel overzealous or phoned in. daniel is my personal choice for best supporting (the way he speaks softly to his loved ones is just as impressive as the way he commands a room of hundreds)…

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★½

    best picture marathon: film #5

    “i’ve never been on trial for my thoughts before”

    the biggest piece of oscar bait in the bunch, but i was expecting that all along. it has its moments of triumph when the music swells and i’m momentarily won over, but otherwise this is just too much courtroom and isn’t worth the runtime. sorkin scripts are usually overwhelming at times but this one is especially wordy and feels needlessly distracting, like we get it, you’re…

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    best picture marathon: film #4

    “you’re right, ok? is that what you wanna hear?”

    i’m of the opinion that this is an irresponsible movie. it doesn’t really matter to me if i think it’s well made or piss poor, because in the end it just stings with that carelessness. for months i’ve been weighing it on my tongue and mulling it over, and i’ve realized that it only tastes worse every day. and upon rewatch i discovered that i can’t…

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★½

    best picture marathon: film #3

    “i couldn't have put it better myself, which may be why i write for the movies”

    to put it plainly: my GOD this is boring. if i had been shown this movie without any prior knowledge, no way would i have been able to guess it was made by david fincher. i’m not necessarily saying that i dislike seeing a director step out of their comfort zone artistically, but when the end product of that…

  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★

    best picture marathon: film #2

    “david, you’re a strong boy”

    beautiful in every sense of the word and just as warm. everyone here brings such care and familiarity to their performances, making their bond as a family all the more emotional. it didn’t affect me quite as much as the first viewing but remains one of 2020’s greatest treasures nonetheless

  • The Father

    The Father

    ★★★½

    best picture marathon: film #1

    “i feel as if i’m losing all my leaves... the branches and the wind and the rain...”

    the way this uncoils itself is so impressive, dropping us right in the terrifying shoes of someone dealing with memory loss. mixing up faces, places, names and dates, the shuffling of time like a deck of cards until everything is so scrambled up that it feels absolutely disorienting. i really appreciate this stylistically, but something still doesn’t click…

  • The United States vs. Billie Holiday

    The United States vs. Billie Holiday

    ★½

    completely disjointed, starting with the script and only getting worse from there. the only highlight is andra day who manages to shine like a beacon of light through this murky mess of a film. i thought people were exaggerating, but no, this is rough

  • My Octopus Teacher

    My Octopus Teacher

    ★★★

    loved the part where the octopus taught him E = mc2