TAR feels like a treasure preserved from the past
I loved the experience of discovering this film’s world and discovering Lydia Tar’s character. The execution and presentation of Lydia’s experience is full of deeply affecting film techniques and complex ambiguities that invite considered interpretation
BANSHEES OF INISHERIN fails to explore the intrigue of its themes
Unless you’re someone active on Letterboxd, a member of a film discussion group, or have some friends you can talk about the movie with after seeing it, Banshees of Inisherin isn’t a movie I can recommend.
EMILY THE CRIMINAL is about scammers and suckers
Emily the Criminal has a narrow scope, but it undeniably presents a common view that our system has been corrupted and largely runs off of exploitation. Following that theme through Emily’s story in this film was engaging, the tension was gripping, and I really enjoyed it.
CRIMES OF THE FUTURE masterfully challenges its audience
This is a film that incites an array of conversations – moreso than any other film I can think of in recent memory. I think that’s largely accomplished because of its novel subject material which so excellently touches on points of sensitivity in the current culture.
THE NORTHMAN is Eggers at his best and worst
Robert Eggers has made nothing but slow, tension-building films with a bent for historical accuracy. The Northman is another one of those movies. It is not an action movie.
MEN is pretentious junk
Men is incapable of providing value because of how it was made and even if you get to where it wants to go, it doesn’t have anything interesting to say.
20 Years Later: SPIRITED AWAY is Studio Ghibli’s magnum opus
Spirited Away is the dream project where decades of experience crescendo into a creative magnum opus. It’s why Spirited Away is often hailed as one of the greatest films of all time.
KIMI shows the impact isolation and big tech have had on our mental health
Kimi has everything you would want from a modern-day thriller. It makes use of its setting and integrates every plot element to service the narrative. It has really masterful manipulation of tension across the film. It’s also has a strong visual style, in addition to its gripping screenplay.
The Oscars and the Culture of Narcissism
This is what is at the bottom of Hollywood’s culture. A culture where everyone wants to be lied to about their importance. Everyone wants to ascertain prestige because prestige is the only thing anyone else cares about. It’s how people get funding, or attract talent to their films, or accomplish anything with powerbrokers in the…
THE HOUSE squanders its horror anthology potential and ends in disappointment
By the end of it I thought the movie did not justify its existence. It’s not offensively bad, but I didn’t find a lot of value in its narrative.