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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  • The Bad News Bears

    ★★★½

  • Lolita

    ★★★½

  • Tape

    ★★★★½

  • The Mist

    ★★★★

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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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  • The Bad News Bears

    The Bad News Bears

    ★★★½

    Foul-mouthed, mean-spirited, anti-authority misfits meet a washed-up drunk. They scam their way to the top within the limits of little league baseball. Yet, there's a great deal of heart, despite how repellent these kids and their coach are . As Brad Pitt tells us in Moneyball: How can you not be romantic about baseball?

  • Lolita

    Lolita

    ★★★½

    I've been avoiding this Kubrick for a long time, having not read Vladimir Nabokov's original novel, and also catching wind of reservations as to how it handles its subject matter. That, and a daunting two-and-a-half-hour runtime for this COMEDY just seemed like a tough sell.

    But Lolita took me by total surprise. It's watchable and lively in a way that Stanley Kubrick's work often isn't. For one thing, it's actually very funny. For another, it's without a doubt the best…

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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…

  • Night of the Coconut

    Night of the Coconut

    ★★★½

    They don't have a ton to do, but Patrick's parents are supporting performance contenders for me come awards season.