Alex Throndson

Still acquainting myself with the classics.

Favorite films

  • Brief Encounter
  • Rocky
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Memento

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  • Force Majeure

    ★★★★

  • Men

    ★★

  • The Matrix

    ★★★

  • GoodFellas

    ★★★★½

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  • Men

    Men

    ★★

    Not so sure about this guy anymore. I dug Ex Machina but I thought his script for Annihilation was clunky and thin, rescued only by a ton of visually striking sequences. Here he’s working with folk horror rather than spooky sci-fi, but this leaves him without a new world to explore, so this is largely comprised of long passages building up a vague sense of dread. He’s still a solid visual stylist, and this is packed with ominous symmetrical compositions…

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★

    Oddly, my favourite parts of this were the big exposition sequences. Neo learning the truth about the Matrix is every bit as overwhelming as it must be to him, with some nice visual accompaniments for what are otherwise some very talky scenes. Everything about the simulation hypothesis in particular is engaging, not just because this renders it in so much detail, but also because it carefully withholds information for suspense, and then unleashes it as this massive, shocking rug pull.…

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  • We Were Children

    We Were Children

    ★★½

    Look, it's important that we hear these stories, but I don't see how these crummy reenactments do any justice to the actual history. They're all filmed in hideous digital filters which just drain all of the life out of what are already somewhat familiar events, and nearly identical establishing shots of buildings are used over and over again, seemingly for rhythmic and thematic reasons. The acting is weak, the writing drains all nuance from the abusive priests, and while there…

  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks

    My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks

    ★★★★½

    85/100

    So I've watched this five times now. You might see it under my list of "favourite films" in my profile. My previous two logs of this are little more than me gibbering about how much I love it. Whether it's because I didn't give the film my full attention this time or just because I've grown immune to its charms, my fifth viewing of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks didn't overwhelm me like previous viewings have.

    Of…