RSS feed for Alex

Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Recent reviews

More
  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    I want very badly to be happy this movie exists. I think I could be content with a forgettable but Asian-led romantic comedy (de-emphasis on the comedy, of which there is very little) pulling in a domestic haul of $125m. I could even be content if that movie was full of unnecessary sideplots that scream "unfocused book adaptation" and wasted actors like Constance Wu and Gemma Chan by not giving them anything to do (since at least there are plenty…

  • The Boston Strangler

    The Boston Strangler

    ★★½

    The rating for this would have been much higher had the film ended an hour sooner.

Popular reviews

More
  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★

    As Vertigo recently topped Sight & Sound's polls and remains an icon of American cinema, I suspect my review will sound off-base and unconvincing (and is, I'm sure, entirely uninformed). Oh well. It's my take nonetheless. And I have a suspicion that this is a film whose contemporaneous mixed reviews relay more of its shaky merits than the rose-tinted perspective of modern critics.

    Hot take: Vertigo is not a bad movie. In fact, there's plenty of good stuff here. Beautiful cinematography,…

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    ★★

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

    Disney's first feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, is certainly important and technically impressive. Its visual furnishings might not measure up to many (any?) of the studio's subsequent productions, but as the first of its kind in so many ways, the movie is easy to appreciate both for its visual achievements and the lineage it inspired. Even more noteworthy is the film's strongest attribute, its music. In contrast to what Snow White offers to the eyes, its…