Jesse Holden

Jesse Holden

Movie watcher, comic writer, podcast maker

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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★½

    He chooses the memory of her. That's why he turns. He doesn't make the lover's choice, but the poet's.

  • A Dog Called Money

    A Dog Called Money

    ★★

    Meandering, but not by accident. I found the dissonance between worlds unpleasant, which I suppose may be the point; in which case I question the wisdom of centering your subject in a white bubble while ponderous NPR caricatures stroke their beards and digest the creative process, all floating a million miles above the mud and the war that’s ostensibly inspiring it all. It casts the whole endeavor in a weird light regardless of good intentions, while at the same time…

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  • The Dead Don't Die

    The Dead Don't Die

    ★★

    Beloved and self-aware indie film director Jim Jarmusch opens his Actors Rolodex and assembles the Jarmusch Avengers for The Dead Don’t Die; a zombie movie that isn’t a zombie movie so much as it is a movie about beloved and self-aware indie film director Jim Jarmusch making a zombie movie. It knows it’s a bad movie, tells you at length that it knows it’s a bad movie, but doesn’t do anything interesting with the fact that it’s a bad movie. I’ve never sat in a theater so palpably tired of being winked at before.

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★½

    It’s exactly the movie I was afraid it would be. Charmless and unsurprising, too cowardly to stand on the shoulders of Last Jedi or have anything to say about anything. The whole movie is in such a goddamn hurry to go nowhere.