Favorite films

  • The Lives of Others
  • Heat
  • The Dinner Game
  • Barry Lyndon

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  • Prey

    ★★½

  • Upstream Color

    ★★★★

  • The Cursed

    ★★

  • The Gray Man

    ★★½

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  • House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    ★★★★

    Talk about contempt prior to investigation… I trashed this film having never seen it - laughed at the performances and writing and I was so wrong… it’s so beautifully made and lovingly performed.  Some images and shots are just luminous!  Driver is really quite incredible and Pacino really commits to the heartbreaking stakes in the final act.  Leto is great!  Damnit. Through all the prosthetics and wild accent choices, the childish need to be loved just rings true. 

    Had to…

  • Spiderhead

    Spiderhead

    ★½

    Chris Hemsworth is an evil genius in his clear-lensed designer glasses. Miles Teller has a Mr. Mom era Michael Keaton mullet.
    This film is so bad.

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★

    Is this high brow entertainment for the marvel crowd?  


    Felt like someone got 60m for their student thesis film. 


    All kinds of kitschy martial arts and cute violence. 


    Another simplification of gratitude platitudes delivered via Edgar Wright-lite mania. 


    Felt like an episode of a tv show I’m happy not to return to.

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

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

    FIVE MOTHERFUCKING STARS

    So glad I hunted down the empty theatre to sit alone on a sat am for this. 

    What incredible filmmaking. 
    Shot after shot.

    The running. 

    What performances PTA gets from his ensemble.  The honesty.  
    Love the leads.
    Just such wonderful truthful acting opening the potential for a countless ways to invest, identify and relate.
    A thousand little spontaneous truths. 

    The name Lance Brannigan alone deserves an award.
     I’M AN ATHEIST

    JOHN MICHAEL HIGGINS  SPEAKING IN ENGLISH…