Paul Anthony Johnson

Paul Anthony Johnson


***** - Great
****- Exceptional
*** - Good
** - Bad
* - Worthless

Favorite films

  • Night of the Living Dead
  • The Golden Coach
  • Weekend
  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

Recent activity

  • The Monster of London City


  • Secrets


  • The Invisible Killer


  • Moonshiner's Woman


Pinned reviews

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    Judy Garland's most mythic incarnation – a quivering, ecstatic goddess of self-mortification and grief. The film represents the apotheosis of the Garland mystique, both because the material dramatizes many of the tensions in Garland’s own life, and because Garland seems to go beyond herself in the role, as an actress who always betrayed an unsettling emotional commitment to her material somehow descends even further into the abyss, creating not just a performance but a historical event that ruptures cinema and…

  • The Asphyx

    The Asphyx

    The Asphyx is a melancholic twitch of a film tradition that was just about to pass into oblivion by 1972. As such, its neglected status is easy to fathom. If setting trends usually guarantees posterity, then being a belated relic of an outmoded style always guarantees instant obscurity—thus we remember 1967 as the year of Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate, not as the year of Charlie Chaplin’s A Countess from Hong Kong and Joseph Mankiewicz’s The Honey Pot. In…

Recent reviews

  • Witch Hunt

    Witch Hunt

    Like many recent horror movies, this is tonally, texturally, and narratively boxed in by the narrow limits of its very obvious allegory. It also looks and plays like episodes of a well-mounted modern prestige TV drama edited together - sturdily sober direction, credibly naturalistic acting, tastefully furnished production details, a plethora of politically evocative narrative buttons - all adding up to a sterile void.

  • The Best Things in Life Are Free

    The Best Things in Life Are Free

    I mean, who doesn't love a good Ernest Borgnine musical? Oddball casting aside, this is pretty middling, stodgy stuff; a couple of pretty okay musical numbers stuck in a formula music biopic that lacks any hint of the kind of momentum Curtiz routinely brought to even his second-tier efforts just a decade earlier.

Popular reviews

  • Circus of Books

    Circus of Books

    The fact this doc spends more time on how the woman who co-owned a major gay porn book store in Los Angeles and co-produced a bunch of gay adult movies in the 80s had trouble accepting the coming out of her son than it does on how the AIDS crisis affected her business and the community it catered to and employed is both inevitable and understandable given the subject's daughter made said doc. But that's also why someone other than…

  • Double Indemnity

    Double Indemnity


    All you need to make a movie is a girl, a gun, and a life insurance policy.