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  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★★

    Tonight, I did something I haven’t done in a while. I tried on an old polo shirt from my high school uniform. It was a green one—rare—that you could only get as a hand-me-down because they didn’t make them anymore. It still fits. Tightly, I must admit, but it still does. That part of my life isn’t as far behind me as I think it is. Maybe it never will be.

    Here’s the thing. I went to catholic school. Or…

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    ★★★★★

    Q: Who is your favorite cinematic ghost?
    A: Mrs. Danvers from Rebecca.

    Q: Not Patrick Swayze, or Beetlejuice, or someone from The Others or The Sixth Sense? Casper, maybe? 
    A: No, no. It's Mrs. Danvers.

    Q: She's not a real ghost, though. 
    A: Well, she arrives and leaves very suddenly, as if from nowhere, and she always glides. Oh! And she never blinks!

    Q: Ghosts don't blink?
    A: Some do. Not Mrs. Danvers.

    Q: If Mrs. Danvers is a ghost,…

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  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    ★★★★

    A house is a city is a people is a heritage is a home is a memory.

  • The Guilty

    The Guilty

    ★★★½

    The tension is really well-built and maintained throughout. The way personal details are revealed feels very natural. Plot-wise, it's just ok though. It's never deeply affecting, but otherwise, it's a really well-crafted story.

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  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★

    Profoundly uncool—not in the uncool-is-actually-cool way, but in the way that it wears its overconfidence on its sleeve, that it constantly shakes your shoulders and screams at you that it's cool and amazing. And it simply isn't. It's just shallow. Sure, there are some good sequences here and there, but every single character is so flat that, in the end, those (rare) good sequences don't even matter. Poor Debora is so poorly (and to be honest, offensively) written; she's an…

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★★½

    Love has never been captured so accurately, tenderly, and poetically. Being young & in love & feeling like the whole world stops just for you—it’s such a distinct feeling. And Barry Jenkins makes you feel it.

    The score and the camera and these two young lovers sweep you off your feet. Every glance, every touch, every dialogue between Tish and Fonny is so beautiful, so real, so full of love. And Tish’s family, too. There is a bond that ties them, and…