Favorite films

  • Chungking Express
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Dead Ringers
  • Sid & Nancy

Recent activity

  • The Amazing Spider-Man


  • Annette

  • John and the Hole

  • Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

Recent reviews

  • Annihilation



    Holy fucking shit ...

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    I posted this (to no one) on Facebook — my brief thoughts on the film:

    I didn't hate it. But I certainly didn't love it. I'm not even sure I LIKED it. 

    There are elements that impressed me — I thought Affleck was great, loved Wonder Woman, and applaud the idea of casting Jeremy Irons as Alfred. 

    But overall I found it an exhausting, aesthetically ugly thing. Jesse Eisenberg was awful. The introduction of the JL characters was laughably dumb.…

Popular reviews

  • Aferim!


    It is the exclamation point in the title of “Aferim!” that seems to illustrate its creators’ intentions. A harsh, unflinching Romanian drama set in the 19th century, the film is – against all odds – very, very funny. (The title means “Bravo,” and, the Wiktionary tells us, it often has an ironic meaning.)

    Using the tropes of a Western and utilizing real narrative situations and dialogue from historical documents, “Aferim!” feels like an angry shout against the unbendable laws of…

  • Clouds of Sils Maria

    Clouds of Sils Maria


    From May 2015, my review for Buffalo.com:

    The mysterious, wondrous “Clouds of Sils Maria” finds three individuals – director Olivier Assayas and stars Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart – at the peak of their powers.

    Surprised to see “Twilight” mega-star Stewart’s name in that company? Don’t be. While some scoff at her talk show appearances and vampire flicks, she has proven herself a more than capable performer in films like “Adventureland,” “The Runaways” and “Still Alice.”

    But you have never…