Etan Weisfogel

I rate things when I feel like it, I don't when I don't.

Favorite films

  • Linda Linda Linda
  • Rangeela
  • Final Victory
  • French Cancan

Recent activity

  • Tale of Cinema

  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall

  • Wassup Rockers

  • Bull Durham

Recent reviews

  • Not Fade Away

    Not Fade Away

    "I think the trees are the music."

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    I guess if you mainly oppose the last decade of Marvel/DC output on aesthetic grounds than this comes as a welcome corrective, a film that's clearly thought out visually/structured around specific visual ideas (e.g., the opening placing you in the eyes of the killer, the upside-down image of Batman emerging from fire acting as a capper to the big car chase, the climax positioning Batman as a guiding light for Gotham, etc). I was running with it for the first…

Popular reviews

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    I was thinking about the climax of this movie, mostly reminiscing about how hard it was for me to contain my laughter at old shriveled-up Palpatine hooked up to the mainframe or whatever's going on there, but I was also thinking about how many recent franchise films end with these inevitable battles between good personified and evil personified where the battle is carried out through these transfers of light and energy (the last Harry Potter, Wonder Woman, probably some others…

  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones


    Forget all the backhanded compliments, all the "despite its flaws," "say what you will about the dialogue," etc etc.... Just on a surface level, this is an incredibly enjoyable and effective (and affective) Hollywood blockbuster—I don't think a better one has been made since, Speed Racer excepted. Like the other prequels, this has a really precise three act structure, but Lucas perfects the pacing in this one: the momentum of the initial action on Coruscant is carried into the middle…