Promising Young Woman (2020)


A young woman haunted by a tragedy in her past takes revenge on the predatory men unlucky enough to cross her path. (Letterboxd)
A fascinating mix of (butt)cheeky feminist satire, incredibly tense vigilante thrills, and complex character drama (Mulligan chews licorice and scenery). Questions of justice and forgiveness are tackled at each level within an unpredictable, detailed narrative (see the contrast in address-procuring between Jordan and Ryan). Not everything works (Ryan’s turn felt a bit unfounded; just the “happy” wedding would have been a more impactful ending) but the whole remains compelling. Great soundtrack.
7.5/10 (Really Good)

Eighth Grade (2018)


An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school. (IMDb)
Terrific performances, a wonderful, authentic script, and a unique use of music combine to make a wholly immersive and emotional trip back to eighth grade with the endlessly endearing Kayla: every triumph is pure ecstasy, every awkward conversation pure torture, every venture out of a comfort zone more terrifying than any horror flick (see entering the pool party). The chicken nuggets scene was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen- FUCK THE HATERS JUST BE YOURSELF I’M SOBBING
9/10 (Amazing)