Adam Ball

Adam Ball

Veteran of the great video store wars of the 2000s. Fitful filmmaker. Human of late capitalism.

Favorite films

  • Boyhood
  • Boyhood
  • Boyhood
  • It Follows

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  • No Way Out

    ★★★★

  • Whiplash

    ★★★

  • Boyhood

    ★★★★★

  • White Water Summer

    ★★★

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  • No Way Out

    No Way Out

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Darkly humorous last minute twist that completely repositions the entire movie while fundamentally not changing much of the plot (Costner is still innocent of the murder). Dig the way it begins as a slick n' sexy Reagan era military romance ala Top Gun or An Officer and a Gentleman with Sean Young as a silly manic pixie pentagon girl until it curdles into a sweaty 1970s style paranoia thriller with that final reveal slotting it in the same universe as…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★

    I still think it has serious screenplay class "raise the stakes" problems Chazelle could have fixed for the sake of verisimilitude. Unfortunate since it has A+ editing by Tom Cross.

    Anecdotal but I recently worked in higher education w/ an instructor that has a rep for being a big time temperamental asshole. He threaded the needle of employment since he was constantly getting written up by students. The school would deploy an administrator to sit in on classes if a…

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  • Pump Up the Volume

    Pump Up the Volume

    ★★★★★

    The cinematic equivalent of trading in your Poison tape for a Pixies CD.

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★

    Googly eyes on infinity stones is about right. Totally tracks that it was produced by the Russo brothers and directed by the guys who made a movie featuring the farting corpse of Harry Potter and the (admittedly awesome) "Turn Down for What" music video.

    You're going to read a lot of comparisons to Charlie Kaufman and Terry Gilliam films, but more than anything it reminded me of the continual influence of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Captures the same IFL…

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