Scout Tafoya

“One hundred years ago on the 21st of April, out in the waters around Spivey Point, a small clipper ship drew toward land...”

Favorite films

  • I'm Dangerous Tonight
  • The Mangler
  • Down Friday Street
  • Poltergeist

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  • The Duellists

    ★★★★

  • A Walk with Love and Death

    ★★★★

  • Beatrice

    ★★★★

  • Empire of the Sun

    ★★★★★

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  • The Duellists

    The Duellists

    ★★★★

    160/200

    vimeo.com/682436014

    There's an uneasiness within The Duellists, knowing what we know about the things it lead to, what it was once celebrating and eulogizing. Right from the jump Ridley Scott was hedging a kind of perceived American identity (Harvey Keitel and Keith Carradine quite simply can not pretend at being European, but that doesn't hurt the film) against the tradition of European quality. On the one hand it's the best "How I Spent My Summer" essay of all time,…

  • A Walk with Love and Death

    A Walk with Love and Death

    ★★★★

    166/200

    www.rogerebert.com/mzs/the-unloved-part-101-a-walk-with-love-and-death-beatrice

    A day in this country can undo decades of work and hope and make incalculable volumes of suffering seem pointless. If I'm obsessed with movies that find a dreadful beauty in worlds abandoned so that wars can be fought for reasons the working class will never understand, perhaps because at least in movies where plague and pestilence and famine and destruction are the only constants, there can be something like freedom waiting for them to find you. Who's…

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  • Wrath of Man

    Wrath of Man

    ★★★★★

    180/200

    I was pleased not to have to write specifically about this movie because I wasn't in the mood to deconstruct why it works so well. It's amazing and tense. It fucking shreds. Isn't that enough? For once I didn't have to think overlong about character and whether or not I liked anyone or cared about their journey. Unlike Revolver it's not that kind of movie. Ritchie's in shark mode here, which revealed something kind of interesting about him. In…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★½

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

    103/200

    Maybe it's me but there's something kind of cheap and tawdry about giving your character a sort of accentuated handicap and playing it for scares? The treatment of Charlie broke the spell the movie attempts to cast in the first ten minutes. She produces a chocolate bar from her pocket that neither parent knows the origins of, hinting that she's one of those magic children movies love that just does things to which the parents of a heavily troubled…