2021 Films Seen by Grade

2021 films seen alphabetically and chronologically My personal ballot for 2021 Atlantis: A-C’mon C’mon: A-*Days: A-*The Disciple: A-Great Freedom: A-The Lost Daughter: A-*Notturno: A-The Orphanage: A-*Prayers for the Stolen: A-Quo Vadis, Aida?: A-* Sweat: A-This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection: A-*What We Left Unfinished: A-Zola: A-* Ascension: B+Attica: B+Azor: B+Censor: B+Drive My Car:…

2021 Films Seen Alphabetically

17 Blocks: B- About Endlessness: BAdam: BAnd Tomorrow the Entire World: D+Antlers: C-Ascension: B+Atlantis: A-Attica: BAzor: B+ Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn: B-Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar: B*Being the Ricardos: B-Belfast: C-Benedetta: BBergman Island: C-Bo Burnham: Inside: BBoiling Point: B- C’mon C’mon: A-*Candyman: C-The Card Counter: DCensor: B+Charlatan: C+Cliff Walkers: C+CODA:…

2021 Films Seen Chronologically

??/??/2019 17 Blocks: B 10/??/2019 Adam: B10/??/2019 The Orphanage: A-*10/14/2020 Undine: B-10/17/2020 Charlatan: C+10/17/2020 Summer of 85: C10/21/2020 Gaza Mon Amour: C+10/26/2020 Little Girl: B10/27/2020 MLK/FBI: B+10/27/2020 Notturno: A-* 11/23/2020 Ema: B1/28/2021 My Little Sister: B1/29/2021 This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection: A-* 2/17/2021 Days: A-*2/21/2021 Judas and the Black Messiah: C+ 3/1/2021…

2020 Films Watched by Grade

Includes World and US releases. World releases will be denoted with ^ over the title. Films watched more than once will be denoted with * over the letter grade. My personal ballot for 2020 can be found here. Babyteeth: A-*Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets: A-David Byrne’s American Utopia: A-Days^: A-Dear Comrades!: A-Dick Johnson is Dead: A-First…

February 2020 Viewing Log

Bombshell (19, C): Impactful on its own terms, but omits too much context to actually say anything meaningful. Sloppily made to boot. 2/2/2020 I think Robbie’s actually pretty good with some of the film’s darkest scenes. Charlize is fine, if somewhat inhibited by the vocal imitation and the prosthetics. In that Monster way, she kinda…

January 2020 Viewing Log

My 100th post! Got sonething fun coming down the pipe, but that’s no excuse for not keeping up regular maintenance. Anyways, here you go. Rojo (19, B+): Communicates so much through spooky precision of form and mood, even as how much “happens” is elliptically unclear. 1/3/2020 Greener Grass (19, B): Satire of suburban identity crisis…

December 2019 Viewing Log

The Wise Kids (12, B): So generous towards its characters and their complexities you forgive some lag in the filmmaking. 12/2/19 Henry Gamble’s Birthday (15, B+): Expands its canvas of characters and questions, a little thornier but just as empathetic. 12/2/19 I’d call Princess Cyd my favorite of Cone’s films, which has two genius performance…

November 2019 Viewing Log

Lights Out (16, D): Has its scares, engaging (so blunt!) depression allegory, but keeps souring its rules and its messaging is hideous. 11/2/19 It doesn’t help that so many films of late have tread this ground with more nuance and filmmaking bonafides, but even on its own terms it’s sensationalist and crude. Nostalghia (83, A):…

October 2019 Viewing Log

Note: Any film with a parenthesis around it indicates it was something I got to see at this year’s Chicago Film Festival, which was super awesome. Any film with an asterisk indicates a different grade from when I originally saw it. Mr. Turner (14, A-): Firmly situated not just in time and place, but in…

September 2019 Viewing Log

The Dark Crystal (82, B+): Jaw dropping worldbuilding and visual effects. Not all story aspects are equally interesting but damn does it work. 9/1/19 Eyes Wide Shut (99, A): Dizzying, hypnotic energy, seductive and repellent all at once. So rich in mood and atmosphere even as it observes its protagonist with bored pity. 9/1/19 The…