Citizen Dame

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Rating Title/Year Author
Color Out of Space (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Color Out of Space is a niche narrative, so fundamentally Lovecraftian that, if you like his work, you'll enjoy this, and if you don't like it...well, you might actually be interested after this one. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
High Flying Bird (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks The script is fantastic... It plays almost like an Ocean's 11 movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks It is the banality of violence, the sense that Frank, and others like him, are just working men doing a job, that makes The Irishman so haunting, and that plays out the character's ultimate lack of emotional or spiritual redemption. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks While not a perfect film, even in its feminism, Charlie's Angels is a fantastic example of women retaking the means of production and using iconic images, crafted by men, against patriarchal structures. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Karen M. Peterson Jojo Rabbit is told in a way that could only be done by Taika Waititi, and has become one of the most misunderstood films of the year. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks How much The Lighthouse works or doesn't depends entirely on your perspective; there's perhaps no film currently in theaters that so catalyzes the subjectivity of art. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
Isle of the Dead (1945) Lauren Humphries-Brooks There's no clear villain or monster in Isle of the Dead; rather, fear and developing paranoia drive the narrative, transforming the people on the island as they cope with their nearness to death and the causes of it. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Atlantics (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks A magical realist love story (with ghosts), Atlantics folds in a sharp meditation on worker exploitation with a lyrical narrative of love, power, and physical possession. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Joker (2019) Karen M. Peterson Much like the Joker himself, Joaquin Phoenix is a performance artist who uses audacity and shock as substitutes for depth. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
Parasite (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks By turns hilarious, harrowing, and horrifying, Parasite may well be Bong Joon-ho's best film since Memories of Murder. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Pain and Glory is a great director's rumination on the act of making art in itself - what stops an artist from working, and how to rediscover the glory of filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Writer/director Celine Sciamma has created something truly remarkable, a cinematic masterpiece that needs to be seen multiple times, but that in even a single viewing sounds an emotional vibrato deep within the viewer. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Shame (1949) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Not Wanted effectively exposes women's internalization of shame surrounding sex and motherhood-to Sally, the baby is a proof of her shame, a physical manifestation of her social rejection, and the rejection of a man who did not love her. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
Human Capital (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Human Capital is made by its performances, but its performances expose how banal the structure and plot are at base ... There's something missing to elevate it beyond an entertaining, well-directed film about relatively unpleasant rich people. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Grit (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Above all, Grit reminds us that, in the face of environmental disaster and apparent government indifference, there is a future worth fighting for. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Karen M. Peterson As good a sequel as we ever could have hoped after the heights reached by its predecessor EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Murder! (1930) Lauren Humphries-Brooks It's almost as though Hitchcock is having us all on, deliberately testing his audience's willingness to continue watching filmed play about people who cannot stop acting like their life is a theatrical construction. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Ready or Not is deeply critical of the class structure not just in terms of the power and privilege of the wealthy, but in how that power and privilege is both imposed on and supported by the lower classes. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
Blackmail (1929) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Blackmail incorporates some of Hitchcock's most complex, nastiest themes, digging deep into the psychological nature of trauma and drawing justice, personal autonomy, gendered expectations, and misogyny into question. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
The Kitchen (2019) Kristen Lopez Andrea Berloff creates a film that's fun, affecting, and intense. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Darlin' (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks There's great satisfaction and hope in Darlin', but it comes in forms you might not expect. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
Love, Antosha (2019) Kristen Lopez Love, Antosha isn't a sad film...but instead is meant to inspire, uplift, and ultimately prove that Yelchin was better than anybody could have dreamed of. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
() Lauren Humphries-Brooks Stare has all the makings of an excellent J-horror, even if it does drag in places and reinvents its own rules too many times. It may ultimately only pay off as a minor entry into the genre, but it's an entertaining one all the same. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
The Father's Shadow (A Sombra do Pai) (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks The Father's Shadow is a meticulously crafted work of magical realism, embedded in its culture and ethos. It's the work of another intelligent, complex female director whose work will be fascinating to watch develop. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
Extra Ordinary (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Extra Ordinary is a funny, bizarre Irish Ghostbusters, in the best possible way. It reinvigorates the flagging horror-comedy genre by providing funny and occasionally terrifying twists on common tropes. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Kristen Lopez This near-three-hour opus is a wandering mess of half-though ideas and interests. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
The Deeper You Dig (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks This is a small film that deeply deserves an audience, as accomplished and thematically vibrant as any big budget horror you can find today, and far more conversant with the thin divide between spirituality and the supernatural than most. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Sadako (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Nakata finds some tension and horror, but this latest film feels too much like a retread of Ringu and even, in places, Dark Water. Dare I say that the poor wraith deserved a little better than this? EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Kristen Lopez With hype so high the only way is down and Midsommar (that's mid-so-MAR) hits the wall with a fizzle, not a bang. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2019
The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) Lauren Humphries-Brooks The Decline of Western Civilization remains an essential documentary and one fantastically weird slice of life. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
Ophelia (2018) Kristen Lopez [Claire] McCarthey and screenwriter Semi Chellas go above and beyond, crafting a true feminist interpretation of Ophelia that provokes your thoughts. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Child's Play (2019) Kristen Lopez This goes up there with the reboot of Poltergeist and Pet Sematary as features you won't remember were remade in a few years. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Late Night (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Late Night posits that inclusivity and diversity make the world, and comedy, a better, funnier place for everyone. The butt of the joke is not men, but patriarchy, and in mocking patriarchal norms it rejects any "us vs. them" mentality. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) Lauren Humphries-Brooks The film's tension stems not from whether or not Julia will ultimately believe the lies, but how she will manage to extricate herself from her situation. Far from a passive waif, she remains in control of herself throughout. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
Craig's Wife (1936) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Harriet Craig is not formed by her past but by her culture, fulfilling the requisite role of the housewife to a degree that turns her into a monster of patriarchy's own making. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
Premature (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Premature is an intense and lyrical film, as much in love with the images of Harlem as it is with the music that Isaiah produces and the poetry Ayanna writes. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks The Farewell exhibits a well-balanced combination of humor and sorrow, of family gatherings with plenteous food, joy, and old animosities that ebb and flow and sometimes pass by the younger generation. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
The Vampire Lovers (1970) Lauren Humphries-Brooks The Vampire Lovers has within it a sense of freedom and transgression in its frank depiction of female desire outside of male control. That the film finally reins in that desire doesn't make it any the less potent. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Ladies in Black (2018) Kristen Lopez It's a film whose cast is utterly sweet and lovely to look at even if the movie feels incredibly thin. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
Echo in the Canyon (2018) Kristen Lopez Echo in the Canyon truly sings! EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Ask for Jane (2018) Kristen Lopez The story demands to be told and seen by the widest audiences possible. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
Charlie Says (2018) Kristen Lopez Charlie Says is a difficult movie that strips away the Hollywood veneer to a well-worn true crime story. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
American Woman (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Much like its lead characters, American Woman is a fascinating, problematic, difficult-to-comprehend film. But when it works, it's something special. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
() Lauren Humphries-Brooks Martha: A Picture Story presents a multifaceted view of a woman who moves at the edges of society to find the beauty of humanity, in their art and in their daily lives. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks An essential documentary...[that] provides a catharsis for those who have been hurt, valuing them both for their strength in coming forward while acknowledging that they never should have had to be strong at all. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2019
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks It's almost fitting that The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is a strange, meandering film, unable to find focus or cohesion, and with an undercurrent of bitterness. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Fast Color (2018) Kristen Lopez Lorraine Toussaint is the film's MVP, giving a bravura performance. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story (2019) Kristen Lopez The Boy Band Con is a strong crash course in learning about the boy band world, but it feels like much is left unspoken. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) Kristen Lopez The Haunting of Sharon Tate is certainly never boring and is a cathartic tale of revenge that doesn't feel as exploitative as you feared it might. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
Hotel Mumbai (2018) Kristen Lopez Maras' unflinching portrait of a city under siege will leave you shaken. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019