"if you don't I shall cut my throat or go to the pictures"

Favorite films

  • Almost Famous
  • Angel
  • A Canterbury Tale
  • The Prince and the Showgirl

Recent activity

  • Black Sheep

  • The Cheat

  • May December

  • Gap-Toothed Women

Recent reviews

  • Man's Castle

    Man's Castle

    Trina invites abjection on herself, almost welcoming Bill’s scorn and violence. She is the weak things of the world made by God to shame the strong; her softness and tenderness are both irresistible and disgusting or disquieting to Bill who walks through the world with no sense of shame. The title is yet wholly ironic, the way it designates the domestic sphere as the castle of the man when it is something he not only rejects over and over but merely helps provide for; Trina, resilient and durable, is the true sovereign.

  • Born to Dance

    Born to Dance

    Jimmy Stewart and Eleanor Powell complement each other perfectly — he can’t sing and she can’t act.

Popular reviews

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    one of the first things gary says to alana is that they aren't going to forget each other. many detractors of the film have cited (without having the vocabulary) the picaresque plot and the rotating cast of characters as making the film loose or poorly structured. but is that not the point? alana and gary are traipsing through a myriad of adventures featuring the zaniest of san fernando's citizens and the film is literally forgetting them, while our protagonists themselves…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    like many of pta's later films, this is a film about two intertwined people, but i think it's also clear that this is more a film about alana than gary. it's a film about what it means to be desired by men, and what to do with that desire, and how to feel about it. even more than phantom thread, this is anderson making a movie about a woman and her feelings.