Andrew

Andrew

Genuinely feel like my life fell apart when Joni Mitchell left Spotify

Favorite films

  • The English Patient
  • The Philadelphia Story
  • All About Eve
  • Day for Night

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  • Poor Things

    ★★

  • Past Lives

    ★½

  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    ★★★★★

  • Migration

    ★½

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  • Poor Things

    Poor Things

    ★★

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

    In true ambivalent form, I saw this at the beginning of the year and shrugged at some of it while wincing at other parts and promptly ejected it from my mind except I kept having text conversations with varying friends about it. My brain circled back to it recently, especially in thinking of my adoration for The Favourite which persists in my head as the best thing Emma Stone has done and the best thing from Lanthimos. And so much…

  • Past Lives

    Past Lives

    ★½

    Everyone involved in this owes a hearty thank-you to Shabier Kirchner’s cinematography for finding (squeezing) stunning waves of moodiness, melancholy, wistfulness, whimsy and ambivalence Past Lives. I wish that any of those adjectives could be attached to the actual emotional weight, or dramaturgical thrust, or even the filmic structure of this, instead I search through the 100 or so minutes of this for anything resembling emotional acuity and am left with nothing to hold on to.

    A brief first-act introduces…

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  • The Kid Detective

    The Kid Detective

    ★★★★

    Have you ever seen a movie deconstructing itself? There’s a metatextual quality to the narrative progression here that’s right up my alley. The Kid Detective morphs from wish-fulfilment comedy to ambivalent arrested-development comedy to a mordant mixture of both then to satire before it shifts to a chilling psychological drama with flourishes that seems almost unpredictable. But the through-line, which the film progressively develops, is that this is a story of a man working through issues of depression and guilt…

  • Fire Island

    Fire Island

    ★½

    Allow me some pedantry: If you’re going to build your entire film on (poorly) paralleling Pride and Prejudice, feature Austen’s opening line as the first line of dialogue while  caustically commenting on it in a voiceover and then not acknowledge that Austen’s narrator is being deliberately ironic when they presume men are in want (a very deliberate pun; want as in desire but also want as in to lack) of a wife then I’m already second-guessing your approach to comedy, analysis or…