Ari

Erstwhile cinephile, errant academic, procrastinating dilettante, and otherwise gadfly mildly befuddled by our current cultural moment.

Favorite films

  • Stolen Kisses
  • Gentleman Jim
  • The Shop Around the Corner
  • Videodrome

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  • The Many Saints of Newark

    ★★★½

  • Old

    ★★★

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★½

  • The Sadness

    ★½

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  • The Many Saints of Newark

    The Many Saints of Newark

    ★★★½

    One of the demands of the current moment is origin stories for our cultural icons. Maybe George Lucas set off this contemporary trend with his misbegotten Star Wars prequels, proving an influential model for a critically maligned series, but apparently every iconic hero, villain, and anti-hero apparently needs one now. Or maybe we can speak of the Godfather 2. I'm not sure what I was expecting out of this, especially given the mixed reviews, but it's far more interesting than…

  • Old

    Old

    ★★★

    There are brief glimmers of brilliance here that convince me that I may have had Shyamalan all wrong after all these years and that he may be as good as some of the nuevo generation of critics - all younger than me - think he is. And then again, just when I think I may have gotten him all wrong, the Shyamalisms come out in droves. The sheer clumsiness of the narrative, the mix of portentousness and utter ridiculousness, the…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★

    File Under: Post-Apocalyptic Looney Tunes Adolescent Nostalgia Fantasy Fetish.

  • Landscapers

    Landscapers

    ★★½

    Despite the great lead performances, this is typical true crime material stretched thin for a limited series. I guess one's reaction to it hinges on how one appreciates its ostensible departure from the genre with its fantastical elements, visual flourishes, and playful touches. They quickly became annoying to me, a showy way of diverting from the thin material. What works in an Errol Morris documentary does not work for fiction. Sure, its meta quality becomes a perfect foil to the…