H.I. Otis-Martinson

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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  • Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★★

  • Mortal Kombat

    ★★★

  • Spider-Man

    ★★★★½

  • Toy Story 2

    ★★★★★

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  • Fargo

    Fargo

    ★★★★★

    It's been several years, but in totality, I have seen Fargo dozens of times. It's a film I know inside and out. Despite having not seen it in roughly six years, Fargo is as familiar and brilliant to me now as ever.

    There are all the Coen brothers trademarks: An elliptical demonstration of cosmic justice, the sense of place as a character, the grace and cruelty pervasive where one least suspects them. Fargo is an indelible work of craft, one…

  • Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

    Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

    ★★★★★

    I don't even know where to start... So, how about the beginning?

    When Hideaki Anno first conceived of Neon Genesis Evangelion, he had suffered years of depression and a nervous breakdown following the completion of his series Nadia: The Secret of the Blue Water. Neon Genesis Evangelion was intended to be a populist series, but as the show progresses, it's clear that Anno could not divorce the personal or political from a commercial product, culminating in Neon Genesis Evangelion: The…

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  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★★

    2.1 version watched, which I know has its own LB entry, but the variations, though noticeable, are minor enough to me that I'm happy to log this as a rewatch.

    Beyond that, there is an argument that this is the greatest superhero film of all time. And while I can think of other superhero films I might prefer, none of them are quite as masterful in their execution and ambition as what Sam Raimi does here. There are maybe five…

  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    ★★★

    A movie I definitely saw a few times as a kid with my uncles. And yeah. It's a campy good time whose preposterous antics are overcome the lack of a script, let alone realism or much in the way of character. Even crazier, and sort of embarrassing, is that it has choreography light years ahead of most modern action films.

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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…

  • 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…