Isaac Rosen

A Dapper Dan man.
I take movies seriously. I don’t take myself seriously.

Favorite films

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • PlayTime
  • First Reformed
  • Titane

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  • Sexy Beast

    ★★★★½

  • Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

    ★★★½

  • World of Tomorrow

    ★★★★

  • mid90s

    ★★★½

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  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★★½

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

    For a film that is begging to be seen on the biggest screen possible, Jordan Peele's latest genre-b(l)ending blockbuster opens, ironically, on the set of a TV sitcom. In flashback, though we don't yet know whose, a blood-soaked chimpanzee roams the soundstage he has just terrorized. And amid the remnants of havoc and tragedy stands a shoe, balancing upright on its heel with miraculous, unsettling serenity.

    Unsettling serenity is not unlike the sensation of staring out at the expansive property…

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    ★★★★★

    Simple and stunning. Bleak, brutal, captivating. I loved this film.

    This is not your average conquistador epic; no sympathetic look at the “hardships of those fearless colonizers” with cliched moments of self-congratulatory nuance sprinkled throughout. There are no heroes or geniuses. These far-from-home Spaniards don’t miraculously have all the right instincts to take on the jungle—to them, Cortez’s glorious, successful conquest is as much a myth as elusive El Dorado. These are clueless men, recklessly governing themselves by a flimsy hierarchy,…

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  • mid90s

    mid90s

    ★★★½

    Shaggy but confident. Solid stuff.

    The Watermelon Man needle drop is everything

  • Do Revenge

    Do Revenge

    ★★★

    This was really fun! A great date night movie. The final dish is way more competent, tasteful, and in control than what a different combination of the same ingredients could have been, and it stands out boldly compared to so many of its recent Netflix original peers.

    Do Revenge, a plot-twisty high school dramedy, is not without its dried up cliches, and there are moments where the on-the-nose gen-z-vernacular of the script careens into territory that feels like it was written by…

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  • Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★★

    And I thought I’d been to some real doozy shivas...

    Excellent. Indie perfection. So claustrophobic and so Jewish, equal parts horror and hilarity. Such a fresh take on Millennial / Gen-z malaise and just as uncompromising when critiquing the misguided compulsions of my own generation as it is with lampooning the outdated misconceptions of our well-meaning elders.

    Uncut Gems is shaking in its boots. There’s a new anxiety riddled Jewish film on the block!

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★½

    The last time my face hurt from smiling this much was when I had to pose for an hour to take bar mitzvah photos.

    This film is an absolute delight, crafted with Paul Thomas Anderson's habitual virtuosity and written with his unmatched ear for dialogue. His trademark long takes and thoughtfully held closeups will tantalize the pickiest of film nerds, but this is far and away PTA's most accessible and lighthearted work, making it a noble entry point for viewers…