A.A. Dowd

Writer/editor for hire. Formerly: The A.V. Club, Time Out Chicago.

Favorite films

  • The Fly
  • When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Woman in the Dunes

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  • The Black Phone

    ★★

  • El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    ★★★

  • Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe

    ★★★

  • Batman Returns

    ★★★★

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  • The Black Phone

    The Black Phone

    ★★

    Full Rolling Stone review. Must be a bummer for Joe Hill to see his vaguely Kingish (and pretty effective) short story get turned into a full-blown knockoff of his famous dad's work.

  • Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe

    Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe

    ★★★

    Full review for The Guardian. Missed opportunity on the satirical front—I certainly didn't need, say, a Trump cameo, but why deposit these two into the present and then hinge so little of the comedy on 2022? Maybe Judge is saving that for the new episodes supposedly on the way. All that said, I guess I haven't grown up much in 30 years because I still find Beavis and Butt-Head themselves hilarious; think I laughed as long and hard (heh heh) as they did at the docking-procedural scene.

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  • ParaNorman

    ParaNorman

    ★★★★

    "What do you think you're doing firing on civilians? That's for the police to do!"

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★½

    Pivotal scene is the bluntly confessional conversation where the movie just comes right out and tells us that Warner Bros. was going to make more Matrix with or without everyone involved, so Lana and Keanu and company signed on to protect the franchise best they could. Afraid I don't find that daring so much as just depressingly revealing: a kind of apology for the film's very existence—and one that betrays the animating inspiration of the whole endeavor as a begrudged,…