Favorite films

  • Moneyball
  • Alien
  • The Darjeeling Limited
  • Rachel Getting Married

Recent activity

  • L.A. Confidential

  • A Simple Plan

  • The Northman

  • Snatch

Recent reviews

  • L.A. Confidential

    L.A. Confidential

    An enjoyable watch for sure, while never really transcending a solid piece of entertainment. Pulpy in a good way and having fun with its elements, but also sort of shoddily made (the editing in particular is rough) and without as distinct an aesthetic or sensibility as it should, and easily could, have. It walks the middle ground between overly simple and overly complex in terms of its plot, and the result is both difficult to follow while being frustratingly unchaotic.

    Mostly it’s just fun to watch a movie about crimes and the solving of them. Pretty homerun premise for a film.

  • A Simple Plan

    A Simple Plan

    Deciding to finally do a “serious” movie and then casting Bill Paxton as your lead is one of the funniest things you can do as a filmmaker (This is not a dig at Paxton I love him and he’s great in this but like, it’s funny, c’mon).

    Really solid. Lots of fascinating character dynamics and twists and turns that don’t feel oppressively twisty and turny. The plot is major and complex, but wisely both the script and Raimi focus primarily…

Popular reviews

  • The Phantom Carriage

    The Phantom Carriage

    Film School Drop Outs 2019
    Week 2: Genre - Horror - Silent Horror (1913-1928)

    Oh man, this really blew me away. This is by far my favorite silent film I have seen. I have never seen filmmaking that feels this modern in a film from the 1920s. Everything in this film feels so ahead of its time.

    To begin with, the complex editing on display here is what really drew me in. There are gorgeous long dissolves, flashbacks within flashbacks,…

  • Pandora's Box

    Pandora's Box

    Film School Drop Outs 2019
    Week 1: Actor - Louise Brooks

    What a start to the challenge! I was very pleasantly surprised by this film. It has the scope of a silent spectacle-epic, both in its plot and its composition, but never feels the need to put that spectacle on display. As a result, we are left with a winding crime drama that lays groundwork visually and narratively for 50s film noir and establishes the level of grandiose that even…