H.I. Otis-Martinson

H.I. Otis-Martinson

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Filmmaker on the rise, amateur critic, will watch any movie in your four favorites.

Favorite films

  • Once
  • The Florida Project
  • Only Yesterday
  • Kiki's Delivery Service

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  • Dekalog

    ★★★★★

  • Decalogue X

    ★★★★★

  • Decalogue IX

    ★★★★

  • Decalogue VIII

    ★★★★

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  • The Piano

    The Piano

    ★★★★★

    For some reason, I've been fixated on the minority opinion that this movie is boring, or that the character dynamics are somehow problematic in a way that the film isn't pointedly wrestling with. Feel how you want to about whatever you want to, but did we watch the same movie? Did those folks just forget to press play on it?

    Every single frame of The Piano is absolutely arresting. It is feminism as the richness of mind and soul, as…

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★★

    "You can't kill the boogeyman"

    I've been thinking a lot about Halloween this last year. Obviously, I re-watched it a few months back, and plowed through the whole franchise. I've also seen all of John Carpenter's theatrical releases. And it's been a pervasive point of reference as I comb through canonical slashers--a subgenre I've always been fascinated by, but that I've never fully dove into.

    With Blank Check covering the film this week, me starting a new semester of film…

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  • Dekalog

    Dekalog

    ★★★★★

    At this point, I have reviewed every episode of Dekalog by themselves. And though they each stand on their own as effective and distinct short films, they are intrinsically linked beyond the obvious details. Yes, they each reflect one of the Ten Commandments. They stem from the same neighborhood in Warsaw in the 1980s. Hell, they almost all feature Artur Barciś as a kind of fulcrum point in each story. They revolve much around family, fidelity, justice, etc. And they…

  • Decalogue X

    Decalogue X

    ★★★★★

    Thou shalt not covet...

    Right out of the gate, Decalogue X sets itself apart with a burst of hardcore punk energy, as City Death frontman Artur (Zbigniew Zamachowski, who would later go on to star in Kieślowski's Three Colors: White) is belting a hedonistic verse before a moshing crowd, but sings almost directly to his brother Jurek (Jerzy Stuhr), a stuffed shirt floundering in the pit, as if delivering an invitation to kill and fornicate and to take whatever they…

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  • Dave Chappelle: The Closer

    Dave Chappelle: The Closer

    I'm always rooting for Dave Chappelle. I love Chappelle's Show, and save for The Bird Revelation and Sticks and Stones, I've been impressed with his Netflix run. 8:46, a concise, funny, personal gem, seemed like a real rebound after the misguided Sticks and Stones. As Chappelle, brings an end to the second wind of his lustrous career, you couldn't ask for a more emblematic finish than The Closer.

    The Closer is Chappelle at his most frustrating. The entire special is…

  • Belfast

    Belfast

    Is this seriously going to win Best Picture? Because, boy howdy, does this film have problems.

    For as tonally sloppy and emotionally inert as Belfast is, it’s clear what Kenneth Branagh is trying to make. Maybe under the distracting cinematography and ill-fitting Van Morrison songs, there’s the moving, well-observed coming-of-age tribute to a city of incredible and complicated history. There’s a version of this film that is ironed out and lands moments big and small. But that’s not the movie…