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matt has written 1,007 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

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  • Courage Under Fire

    Courage Under Fire


    I feel like the idealism that's being honored here doesn't date even if we're conditioned to be suspicious of it these days, and if I'm wrong about that, well, what a vehicle for some exquisite, string-pulling melodrama. Anyway this is a terrific showcase for two really tremendous and tremendously showy movie-star performances.

  • Night of the Lepus

    Night of the Lepus


    This notorious trash is, you guessed it, totally fucking rad, a dumbass nature gone amuck manifesto about an ecosystem out for revenge (and I ain't just talking about Dee Kelley's righteous mustache). If you think the cheesy miniature/rabbit FX somehow sink this there's simply no helping you; I can think of few images as surreally, tantalizingly chilling as those armies of bunnies taking a hungry wrong turn at Albuquerque next to obvious toothpick windmills, fences, and water towers.

  • Switch



    Hadn't seen this since I was a kid, when it of course went mostly right over my head. By today's standards it's unsurprisingly a bit blinkered but as a thirty-year-old work of overt attempted feminism made by an old man comic filmmaker (apologies; Edwards is rightfully a legend, but) it's both insightful, angrily mean, and very funny, not to mention downright silly in spots. Barkin is so fucking good here.

  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    Never Rarely Sometimes Always


    4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND TWO DAYS took place in the shadow of oppressive, frequently deadly totalitarianism but I guess this one only takes place in a society where women face most of the consequences of every shitty dude's actions.

  • Big Business

    Big Business


    Honestly delightful, a very funny, almost Sturges-like antic comedy but built around some very 80's ideas about class consciousness. Pretty terrific compositing VFX too.

  • World War Z

    World War Z


    Up a notch on unrated cut appeal. What struck me as perfunctory initially now seems refreshingly unencumbered. This thing moves, and it's suitably gnarly.

  • The White Storm 2: Drug Lords

    The White Storm 2: Drug Lords


    Story's a fairly generic triad tale, but it's punctuated with some exquisite HK melodrama and some outstanding, occasionally even To-like action sequences, either long takes of wide shots just barely containing the chaos of a dozen-plus people firing away at each other (there's a terrific mid-film shootout in a parking lot that's basically human pinball), or clever one-off moments of, say, a guy getting plowed by a van in POV. Insane final car chase, too. Good stuff.

  • Thunderheart



    Apted's documentary work of course informs this, both narratively (see INCIDENT AT OGLALA) and because it's loaded with detail, the kind of verisimilitude that augments every other aspect of the procedural. Without it this would definitely feel generic and even sort of clueless. MVPs Graham Greene and Ted Thin Elk.

  • The Wild Goose Lake

    The Wild Goose Lake


    Seijun Suzuki 2020

  • Underwater



    Brisk, tense, and pretty gnarly and that's before the scary monsters show up. Certainly one of the best and leanest ALIEN knockoffs I've ever seen, with a very welcome and economical self-awareness. Stewart absolutely kills it, simultaneously confident and terrified, she's 60% of this tight little blast.

  • Ash Is Purest White

    Ash Is Purest White


    "I have never cried before; that was the first time I cried. I swore right then that I'd never let anyone point a gun at my head again!"