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Favorite films

  • Rear Window
  • Blood Simple
  • Torment
  • Superbad

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  • Distant Voices, Still Lives

    Distant Voices, Still Lives


    I was at a cider mill, with a small mix of mostly family, some friends, and my partner, when a friend texted me the news of Terence Davies passing. Tried to keep it together, but was letting on a bit that I was genuinely upset by this news. Celebrity passing's don’t usually phase me, but this definitely feels different; entirely too close to home, basically feeling like family (as ludicrous as it can ever sound). And then, I shit you…

Recent reviews

  • Poison



    If I grade the whole Dahl Collection (Dahl House is my fave proposed title) as one film, it'd get a 4/5. All it needs is a finer end note from Ralph as Dahl at the end of Poison and it would just be a vignette feature film. I mean, he's done it with French Dispatch, so... it just feels like it's apart of his work, pretty organically and therefore am including it as a feature in my Wes ranking and…

  • Eight Men Out

    Eight Men Out


    We’re all just living our lives, unaware of the consequences of history. And even with an acknowledgment of history, we always somehow treat it as if it were only past, and not from the same stew that’s still within us. Outside influences that start out to honestly help are always corrupted by the same forces that are running the game of life. The foundation of everything is to reward corruption and greed, that can feed on the susceptibility of desperation,…

Popular reviews

  • Buffalo '66

    Buffalo '66


    This shouldn't work. It should be deplorable, convoluted, annoying, and pretentious. It should make me feel sick, I should hate this, I should never want to look at Vincent Gallo, and I should wash this away from my life. But I just can't. It just works. It's magical really. Brilliant performances all around, wild stylistic choices, and a moving tale of a horrible protagonist (that you somehow feel bad for (sometimes)) slowly learning to accept, take responsibility, and love. What…

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water


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

    2022 EDIT: have had this feeling towards this review (and others of its type I’ve written) for years at this point, and never thought to do this until now. While I do still vehemently hate this movie, I would never write a review like this, ever. This much time expunging negative energy towards anything can’t really be productive. But a crucial component of my whole idea towards my journey as an artist is to never shy away from the past…