Eric McDonough

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Favorite films

  • State Fair
  • Canyon Passage
  • Pickup on South Street
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Recent activity

  • Lady Ballers


  • Mona Lisa

  • The Company of Wolves

  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles


Recent reviews

  • Meet Me in St. Louis

    Meet Me in St. Louis


    My wife had been feeling down and wanted to put this on as a palate cleanser. We couldn’t believe it had been six years since we’d seen it. It’s one of our very favorites.

    This is the kind of movie that you put on to feel good. It’s comfort food. Rich, wholesome, and delightful, and the only problems are the quotidian ones of teenage girls—indeed, the opening sequence is designed around the high drama of  how to get the family away during dinner so the oldest sister can take a phone call.

    But somehow you feel it so much. It’s classic studio era movie magic.

  • State of the Union

    State of the Union


    This may be the single best Katherine Hepburn performance.

Popular reviews

  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World


    From everything I’d heard about MASTER AND COMMANDER, I expected it to be great. But it surprised me in many ways. Mostly, its maturity and quietness.

    There’re fewer naval battles than I expected and more time getting to know the crew and the period details of life on the ship.

    The sound design is masterful. The score only comes in at key moments, so you’re mostly hearing the waves crack and the ship’s creaks.

    Visually, the staging and cinematography make…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once


    Begins with a Chinese immigrant family running a laundromat as they face an IRS audit (it’s a Tax Day movie!) and family troubles.

    Then, uh, some stuff happens, it goes insane, then basically tries and succeeds to fulfill the promise of the title. It’s a hyperactive exploration of post-modern mumbo jumbo that literally attempts to solve the meaning of life. It is not interested in subtlety or restraint.

    Oh, and it’s also a Kung fu film and Short Round is in…