Zach Smith

Zach Smith

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Wandering through cinematic worlds.

Favorite films

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Wages of Fear
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • The Straight Story

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  • Holler

    ★★½

  • tick, tick...BOOM!

    ★★★½

  • Black Friday

    ★★★

  • The Humans

    ★★★★

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  • Holler

    Holler

    ★★½

    Nicole Reigels Holler is a cold desperate little movie.

    Written and directed by Reigel, her directorial debut, and adapted from her earlier short film of the same name, it stars Jessica Barden who plays Ruth, a rather smart senior in high school, taken care of by her older brother while their mother is incarcerated. It's up to these two to make ends meet any way they can and Ruth has her own future, a potential college education elsewhere, to figure…

  • tick, tick...BOOM!

    tick, tick...BOOM!

    ★★★½

    Trying to relate to Broadway theatre in 90s New York City is not possible for me.

    Trying to relate to an aspiring but struggling creative who was creeping into their 30s with little to show for it…..is something I felt deeply and painfully.

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    I didn’t watch this movie until I was a Junior in high school but it changed my life forever. I know it sounds corny but The way 2001: A Space Odyssey made me feel changed how I watched movies. I have watched movies my entire life, watching and rewatching the same VHS tapes and DVD’s until they were worn out or could be reenacted to perfection because we usually had no cable. But the way this film made me feel…

  • Velvet Buzzsaw

    Velvet Buzzsaw

    ★★★

    I’d like to think this is in the same universe as Nightcrawler. It would make me like this movie a whole lot more. 

    What a strange loose tone this one has. 


    My other issue with Velvet Buzzsaw is the non-diegetic soundtrack played throughout what seems like the entire movie. It just ruined the film’s tone for me. It felt so low budget like it belonged on a mid day direct to cable movie. The harpsy string filled music fits well…