RSS feed for Andrew

Favorite films

Recent activity


Recent reviews

  • The Wicker Man

    The Wicker Man


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

    I've seen 'The Wicker Man' about half a dozen times, and it's only now occurred to me that Daisy's description of the beetle tied to a nail is plainly foreshadowing Howie's fate:

    "The little old beetle goes 'round and 'round. Always the same way, y'see, until it ends up right up tight to the nail. Poor old thing!"

  • The Death of Stalin

    The Death of Stalin



    Tragedy plus time equals comedy, or so the saving goes. A handful of topics are so heinous, however, that they seem to defy this formulation. It’s now been more than eight decades since the end of World War II in Europe, and although some stand-up comedians have dabbled in Holocaust jokes — mostly by joking about how they can’t tell Holocaust jokes — the world has yet to see an out-and-out comedy film about…

Popular reviews

  • Annihilation




    In the past decade, few filmmakers have burst out of the starting gate as strongly as Alex Garland. His remarkable, assured directorial debut, 'Ex Machina' (2015), signaled that the English novelist ('The Beach') and screenwriter ('28 Days Later'; 'Never Let Me Go') could tell a nervy, cerebral science-fiction story with images and sound as well as words, exhibiting the kind of polished cinematic eye that typically takes decades to hone. However, the stripped-down elegance of 'Ex Machina'’s…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    Hey, look. Someone made a vastly superior PROMETHEUS / ALIEN: COVENANT and it's ironically a sequel to a completely different Ridley Scott sci-fi film.

    Review on Friday.