August 2019 Vieiwng Log

Smiles of a Summer Night (55, A): As someone who had no idea Bergman even had a funny bone, this was such a delightful surprise. 8/1/19 It’s so horny on main too, which I didn’t expect but probably should have, given the genre and plot. And such gorgeous emotions to it – the moments it…

July 2019 Viewing Log

The Sundowners (60, B+): Exceptional storytelling, communicating gorgeously to every family member. Actors especially rewarding. 7/1/19 Psycho (60, A): Drenched in guilt, as two sad and spontaneous crimes, doomed to be found out, barrel towards unexpected and violent conclusions. 7/1/19 Peeping Tom (60, A-): A Freudian wonderland of voyeurism and cameras as tools of murder….

January 2019 Viewing Log

Wildlife (18, B): Subtly marvelous images. Tone, story hold interesting textures. Oxenbould’s understatement > Mulligan‘s, Gyllenhaal’s theatricality. 1/2/19 If Beale Street Could Talk (18, A): Phenomenal realization of a tough, intricate novel. Emotionally rewarding without softening its many tragedies, neglecting its political heft, or denying the might of its love. 1/5/19 Surely the ensemble of…

Personal Ballot for 2018, List Version

* – original nominee that subsequent became a runner-up^ – runner-up that was originally a nominee^^ – runner-up that was a nominee and then became a runner-up again” – film seen after original ballot was posted Picture If Beale Street Could Talk, dir. Barry Jenkins Western, dir. Valeska Grisebach Zama, dir. Lucretia Martel Life and…

Supporting Actress Smackdown 2018

Amy Adams, Vice: Hard to love, since I didn’t buy her first big scene and cuz McKay never gives her a scene that big ever after. One wonders why no one went full Nixon and let Lynne be just as scheming and stiffed as her husband. Still, she’s compelling with Bale, interesting to watch, and…

August 2018 Viewing Log

Well, the lower number of films and pieces written definitely indicates school has started. Catch me pining to attend any of the twelve fall film festivals happening as we speak. Dark Money (18, B+): Potent story of what local journalism and grassroots efforts can accomplish, and a somber vision of the national stage. 8/1/18 I…

July 2018 Viewing Log

Rogers Park (18, B): Does right by its main characters even as they struggle to stay afloat. Modest and well acted. Sevigny best in show. 7/2/18 Hanna (11, B): Unapologetically delirious, for better and worse. Missteps in key areas but wildly impressive in others. Goes for it. Absolutely wild to see Vicky Krieps in a…

The Fifties, 2017 Edition – Originally completed 9/1/17

Hello! So, as I semi-explained before, the goal of the fifties is to make a sort of halfway-through-the-year progress report of all the films you’ve seen and what you’d want to commemorate if you had ballot to cast, especially since plenty of films released before the fall aren’t really considered in that way for one…

September 2017 Viewing Log

Ingrid Goes West (17, B): You wanna make Mr. Ripley even more noxious? Swap in a palpably ill stalker. Plaza the exception of a smart cast. – Sept. 1 Death Note (17, F): Awful as an individual property, truly heinous & offensive as an adaptation. How could this protagonist be made so bland? – Sept. 2 (review)…

August 2017 Viewing Log

Tuesday, After Christmas (11, B+): Adroitly crafts points of view for all three of its protagonists, all without making itself predictable. – Aug. 1 The poignant, telepathic emoting in such stillness is the richest thing Romanian cinema has given us. After the Storm (U.S. 17, A): So delicate sculpting a web of family members while focusing on the foibles…