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  • Fargo

    Fargo

    ★★★½

  • Crank

    Crank

    ★★★★★

    repulsive.

  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Twin Peaks: The Return

    I am shattered.

  • The American

    The American

    ★★★★½

    Sure it's good, but I want even less stuff to happen. Make me watch Clooney build a gun for four hours, dammit. Longer takes. Less dialogue. More shots of the Italian countryside.

    Seriously, though, the film uses the trappings of a spy/hiest thriller "just one more job" cliche, but then strips the normal delevery of the story to just the barest of tensions. Despite the film's promotion selling us action set-pieces and sex, what we really get is a quiet…

  • Velvet Buzzsaw

    Velvet Buzzsaw

    ★★

    eh.

  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ½

    Lars, if you want to write essays, just write essays, but don't invent a film just to badly wax poetic about the ethics of art and violence within it. I gave up taking the movie seriously after during one voiceover monologue about the purpose of art, Von Trier showed clips of his previous films. The clips didn't enhance the story at all, but it did clarify the ham-fisted attempt the director was making to justify his own existence after being…

  • Flower

    Flower

    ★★

    Hey how about we switch tones every 20 minutes, and become increasingly unbelievable as the plot moves forward?

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★½

    Syistically and thematically brilliant, but the plot didn’t really go anywhere that I didn’t expect it to. Not that there’s anything wrong with a traditional “refusal of the call yadayada” story arc, but anyone who has watched enough movies knows exactly where this is going to go, which makes the surrealism just window dressing. If the surrealism has punctured the story a bit deeper to provide some ambiguity, there would be something to chew on, but we would lose the directness of the message.

  • Freddy Got Fingered

    Freddy Got Fingered

    ★★★★½

    This movie is probably the mot vile comedy iv'e ever watched.
    I loved every second of it.

    For anyone wanting to understand the merits for the film,
    RedLetterMedia has a great conversation about it.

    More to come later.
    Proud.

  • Tropical Malady

    Tropical Malady

    ★★★★

    Could be higher, but the picture quality is really, really awful. It's impressive the narrative can overcome it.

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★½

    Rating doesn't really portray how much I like it. First Reformed demonstrates the similarity between religious fervor and political extremism, all while re-using the plot-and-character template of Taxi Driver. Its okay if Paul Schrader can only really make one good film over and over, because the template is still haunting and resonant as it first was. For those that don't buy the ending, again, this is nothing new. The bizarre editing choice (quick cut to black while cutting the accompanying…

  • Bone Tomahawk

    Bone Tomahawk

    ★★★½

    Even though it was well-directed and written, it just left me feeling empty. Also, the scenes of violence seem more comedic than the brutality they aspire to. 
    I don’t know: I see why people like it though.