Dustin Putman

Dustin Putman

Former film critic still obsessed with films.

Favorite films

  • Halloween
  • Smooth Talk
  • Stand by Me
  • Donnie Darko

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  • Beverly Hills Cop

    ★★★

  • The Camp on Blood Island

    ★★½

  • The Tune

    ★★★★

  • Footloose

    ★★★

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  • The Tune

    The Tune

    ★★★★

    Well, this was an absolute delight. Bill Plympton’s animated feature THE TUNE (1992) is a surreal musical odyssey of unadulterated imagination and humor wherein a songwriter struggling to come up with the perfect song is waylaid on his travels to meet a music producer in the fantastical town of Flooby Nooby. The soundtrack, the hand-drawn animation, the characters—every element charms and mesmerizes.

  • The Psychic

    The Psychic

    ★★★

    First-time viewing of Lucio Fulci’s THE PSYCHIC, starring Jennifer O’Neill as a clairvoyant who experiences an alarming vision of murder and sets out to investigate while wearing her most stylish and elegant attire. This was a little too dry and reserved to be one of my favorites of Fulci, and where it’s heading can be easily predicted, but the filmmaker’s intoxicating, gaudily brutal aesthetic is in full view when it counts. My favorite part was when O’Neill’s 56-lovers-strong sister-in-law Gloria…

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  • Aftersun

    Aftersun

    ★★★★★

    I am currently kicking myself for waiting so long (more than a year!) to catch up with Charlotte Wells’ AFTERSUN (2022). I should know by now to see every A24 film the moment it comes out, and this bittersweet slice-of-life set during a beachside Turkish holiday between a young father and his 11-year-old daughter is, in a word, extraordinary. Indeed, the film grows to be about and mean so much more than its logline that it honestly does a disservice…

  • The Zone of Interest

    The Zone of Interest

    ★★★★½

    Ice-cold and harrowingly suggestive, Jonathan Glazer’s THE ZONE OF INTEREST observes, via a series of lingering, non-objective medium shots, the oblivious domestic lives of a Nazi commandant and his family, the tall walls of their property bordering that of a concentration camp. It’s a leisurely paced film about pure evil, demanding patience from its viewers; for those who meet on its moody wavelength, they’ll be in for a singular experience of disquieting, chilling portent. Indeed, there’s a reason it’s been nominated in the Oscar’s Best Sound category; once over, you won’t be able to get those near-ceaseless cries and gunshots out of your mind.