RSS feed for David

Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Recent reviews

More
  • The Autopsy of Jane Doe

    The Autopsy of Jane Doe

    ★★★½

    A pretty good horror movie that functions much better as an autopsy-procedural whodunit (& oould've done with a little less expository hand-holding during the 3rd act). For all the orchestral chicanery (comparatively mild, compared to most post-Sinister flicks) and fun spooky nonsense Øvredal indulges in during the film's back half, I found this much scarier in the nominal preamble, when it continually crosscuts between Cox and Hirsch finding something strange during the titular autopsy & Jane Doe's placid gray eyes.

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★★

    Thank you, Taika Waititi (and friends), for recognizing Chris Hemsworth's comic chops, giving Tessa Thompson and Jeff Goldblum a chance to shine, Mark Ruffalo's Patrick Nagle t-shirt, the Planet Hulk & Walt Simonson nods, the Kirbytech flourishes, all the choice cameos (though I wouldn't mind Stan Lee getting lost on the way to set one of these days), and (in the midst of what turns out to be a hard reset for the Thor-verse) (because you demanded it?) shining the spotlight…

Popular reviews

More
  • The Swimmer

    The Swimmer

    ★★★★½

    As a pointed commentary on "modern living" (b/w some sly scuttlebutt about the gulf between haves and have-nots), as a sympathetic yet unflinching depiction of a man's misspent life, as an embodiment of his fractured delusions, as a cautionary tale about the poisonous allure of nostalgia, as a possibly accidental case of form mirroring function (cf. the mismatched cuts serving to reflect Merrill's addled state of mind), and most definitely as a testament to Burt Lancaster's ability to simultaneously embody virility and vulnerability, this film is 99.99.99% perfect.

  • A Most Wanted Man

    A Most Wanted Man

    ★★★★

    What Philip Seymour Hoffman says at the end of the film.

    Note to other movies: If you want to get on my good side, conflate political bureaucracy with brutalist architecture.