Favorite films

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • The Wolf House
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening
  • The Work

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  • Moon Knight

    ★★½

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

  • Top Gun

    ★★★

  • Men

    ★★★★

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  • Come and See

    Come and See

    ★★★★½

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

    The end of the film features a montage of mostly reversed archival footage of Nazi Germany's rise to power and war crimes. This footage is interrupted in brief flashes by the main character, a young boy, ragefully and relentlessly taking shots with his rifle at a framed propaganda poster of Adolf Hitler laying in the muck, before repeatedly returning to the montage. The montage is at least three minutes long. The footage, as it is reversed, traces back in time…

  • Sleep Has Her House

    Sleep Has Her House

    ★★★★★

    A masterful exercise in extreme minimalism. A test of patience paired with an immersion into nature's visceral evocations. There’s mystery and foreboding without narrative, which seems not quite possible. But as you watch, you’re constantly confronted with moments of impossibility. Barley somehow manages to blur the lines between a still image and a moving one. He blurs the lines between silence and sound, peace and paranoia, tranquility and anxiety, complete darkness and the presence of light. I do not know…

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    Absolutely STUNNING aerial flight shots. I swear I could feel at least a few G’s just watching and hearing these jets being pushed to their limits. And watching all the facial skin on each of the actors get yanked all around in all these maneuvers certainly helped. Watching this at home is not an option. Head to the theatre. 

    What I really appreciate is how much the film familiarizes you with the route and aspects of the mission. When it…

  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    ★★★

    Everyone watched this on tv growing up. I’ve unintentionally watched extended chunks of this a dozen times. This is the first time, however, that I realized Iceman is not a bad guy. He’s the “antagonist”, but you can imagine the roles being reversed and our protagonist being him instead - the cool, calculated, by the book dude who comes up against the dangerous wild card ace pilot, who’s the actual antagonist. I dislike Val Kilmer, but he’s “right” every time…

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  • Zombieland: Double Tap

    Zombieland: Double Tap

    all I wanna know is... will Bill Murray return as a zombie?

  • Skin

    Skin

    ★★

    When you’re a white director, maybe triple double check about using blackface in your movie as punishment. The irony this short goes for is amateurish to say the least. 

    This felt so problematic I’m not sure I can unpack it well enough. Stereotypes on stereotypes. Hate speech and hate crimes to get a rise out of an audience. Revenge to make the audience bloodthirsty. Blackface. 
    Wait, what?

    This felt like it was made by someone not woke whose favorite film is American History X. Looks like there’s a feature-length version now too. Maybe it will redeem itself.