Admittedly I don’t know as much about the cam girl world as I do about instagram (due to my hours of daily research spent scrolling the unending feed of images and ads), but I found this movie deeply relatable on a terrifying front: the internet persona and the endlessness of escalating content.
Finally! A horror movie where marginalized identities are incidental, not plot devices! A gay man trying to avenge his husband (gasp!); a buff mute guy, coming into his own after a life in church culture (double gasp!); an Asian American woman who’s confined to haunt the lake where she drowned and live out her demonic existence repeatedly luring men to her, seducing them, and subsequently drowning them… (all the gasps!?!)
Converging at the crossroads of psychological thriller and revenge horror, Mandy is reminiscent of many films and styles and yet somehow simultaneously unlike anything I’ve seen before. The plot is not exactly unique — deranged Nic Cage goes ape-shit on a bunch of badies — but it is director Panos Cosmatos’ vision that brings us into the realm of the extraordinary.
THIS MOVIE IS INCREDIBLE. I'm currently shouting this to anyone who will listen. Of course I expected it to be good -- because, Spike Lee -- but it's incredible on so many levels and for so many reasons that I find myself shouting it over and over again.
Desire and its many forms have been explored extensively through all manner of media and art but Luise Donschen brings something completely new to the quest to understand this element of humanity with her hybrid documentary, Casanova Gene.
I know this is an unpopular opinion but I was honestly pretty bored and disappointed with Avengers: Infinity War. Yes, it was an impressive merging of the many styles and tones of the films in the Marvel Universe, but what makes those movies fun and special to me are the beats that happen when the characters slow down, laugh, or just exist.
There are a lot of great things about I Feel Pretty — novel representations, a camera that treats its characters with dignity and respect (wow!), lots of laughs — but I can’t help but focus on a few majorly disappointing things first…
Thoroughbreds is part of the emerging trend of indie movies that promotes diverse representation of young adults. Like Lady Bird and Edge of Seventeen, Thoroughbreds is geared towards smart audiences and is carried by well-defined and unique characters. Also like other films in this trend, the diversity of its characters only extends to white people of a specific social class.
Call Me By Your Name isa visually and aurally beautiful, meditative, and touching film with thought-provoking scenarios and complicated relationships. The film is beautifully shot with bold musings on the materiality of film and a northern Italian backdrop that meshes with the languid, serene pacing.
Phantom Thread is visually beautiful, wonderfully detailed, and flawlessly performed but what makes it a masterpiece is its subtle storytelling and complex characters. At its core, it’s an exploration of the complexities of humans and their relationships. The plot follows the fussy and talented garment designer, Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis), but the story focuses on the women in his life and the ways they learn to manage his artistic, egotistic, and persnickety personality traits.
People feel really strongly about The Last Jedi and I get it, it's a franchise that means a lot to a lot of people and they're hyperaware of how well their expectations are being met. The appeal of the Jedi, for me, has always been their choices -- how they navigate the light and the dark and how each decision they make can bring them further in one direction or the other. It is this sentiment that dominates The Last Jedi, a film that focuses on the "what ifs" and "if onlys" of those that pursue the force.
Calling all 90s gals (and anyone really)! Lady Bird is tailor-made for kids of the late 80s & early 90s but its entertainment value reaches beyond simple nostalgia. The way it defines some teenage tropes with heaps of detail and leaves others shrouded in the ambiguity that haunts adolescence makes it the most realistic coming of age story I’ve ever seen.
Justice League is by no means the worst DC hero movie but that's not saying much when the competition includes Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman. The plot is pretty unoriginal, the character aren't particularly engaging, and it's peppered with boring, overused jokes ("but seriously guys, what is BRUNCH").
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a bit of an emotional rollercoaster - in a good way. The plot twists and turns, not in a Hollywood thriller way, but in a way that highlights the unpredictability of life.
The latest Thor flick is honestly better than I imagined it would be. I'm totally over Marvel movies and no longer track their release dates so the third Thor installation kind of snuck up on me (probably because Marvel still hasn't made a solo movie for any of their female superheroes yet even after the success of Wonder Woman).
Sausage Party disappointingly misses the mark. Incessantly obscene food metaphors veiled in suffocatingly overt atheist sentiment. Seems like it was written in a single afternoon amongst friends while watching Veggie Tales.