Andrew Dignan

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Favorite films

  • Red River
  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  • Stop Making Sense
  • Licorice Pizza

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  • Men

    ★★

  • The Housemaid

    ★★

  • Somewhere

    ★★

  • The Baader Meinhof Complex

    ★★½

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  • Men

    Men

    ★★

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

    Term paper cinema. Garland appears to be going for “inscrutable head-trip” built around Kinnear’s stunty performance and some (initially anyway) subtle fx work but he’s arrived at an idea that’s thuddingly obvious and never devises a way of complicating it in any kind of useful or provocative way. Buckley’s recently widowed Harper (although we come to learn the marriage was already in its dying days before her husband slipped/jumped out a window right in front of her) retreats to a…

  • Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

    Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

    ★★★★

    Plays in large part like THE WILD BUNCH if it were told from the perspective of Robert Ryan’s turncoat, Deke, reluctantly enlisted into hunting down his old partners. Film’s bracketed by Garrett’s ignoble assassination in 1909 and, what we can interpret as the moment his soul actually left his body, the murder of his one-time friend at the behest of a consortium of cattle barons under cover of law some three decades earlier. Film’s consumed with the idea of authority…

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    ★★

    When I was a little kid, growing up solidly middle class, I had a lot of toys. But my parents, mindful of the expanding clutter that comes from the accumulation of “stuff,” presented me with an ultimatum: if I went long enough without playing with my toys then I’d have to get rid of them before I could get any new ones. They didn’t care what I did with them: throw them out, sell them at a yard sale, give…

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★½

    Pick. A. Fucking. Metaphor. Diana as a wild horse that can’t be tamed. Diana as beautiful but dumb pheasants, bred to be killed. Diana as currency being passed between men. Diana as a P.O.W. (Princess of Wales, clever that). Diana as Anne Boleyn (literally conversing with her ghost and sharing horror stories about their respective husbands). And that’s not even counting all the torturous business with Diana’s obsession with her father’s ratty old jacket, contrasted with the gowns she’s instructed…