TJ

The amount of stars I give a film is based on my own personal enjoyment of said film. I make no pretense towards objectivity.

Favorite films

  • Seven Samurai
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Unforgiven
  • The Fly

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  • America: The Motion Picture

    ★★★★

  • Stepfather 2

    ★★★½

  • Maniac Cop 2

    ★★★½

  • Maniac Cop

    ★★

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  • America: The Motion Picture

    America: The Motion Picture

    ★★★★

    I turned this on with low expectations, and a sliver of curiosity. To my surprise it was genuinely funny, deceptively clever, and even a bit poignant; well, as poignant as a movie featuring George Washington with chainsaws attached to his arms could possibly be! It’s worth a watch.

  • Stepfather 2

    Stepfather 2

    ★★★½

    Stepfather 2 takes us a little deeper into the psyche of the nameless identity-assuming killer who just wants to be a family man. We never get to figure him out, but we get some tantalizing clues.

    Much like the white supremacists who post ‘EMBRACE TRADITION, REJECT MODERNITY’ memes on social media, the killer is obsessed with being the patriarch of a ‘LEAVE IT TO BEAVER’ nuclear family. He possesses no genuine ability to love or provide for such a family…

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  • Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones

    Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones

    ★★★★★

    I haven't laughed so hard in what seems like a goddamned eternity. This motherfucker had me rolling in the aisles. And I was at home, where there are no aisles. I had to actually build aisles to roll in them. That's how fucking funny this special was for me.

    Do I "agree" with everything Chapelle says in this special? I don't know. The beauty of comedy is that you don't always know where the exaggeration is. But I love that…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★★

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

    It’s amazing to me that we still want to blame art for creating monsters, even after we’ve seen a film that shows us exactly how monsters are created—they are created by a monstrous society, a society that bullies, demeans, tortures, and humiliates those who think differently, or who have problems (mental or otherwise), or who can’t make ends meet, or who for whatever reason just don’t fit in. Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) is such a person, and we spend 2…