Jake Tropila

Jake Tropila

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Writer for Film Inquiry and Optimism Vaccine. Studying Film Criticism and Media Theory at CSUN.

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  • Q

    Q

    ★★★★½

    Wow, this movie rules so fucking hard. David Carradine and Richard Roundtree do battle against a stop-motion beast that might also be resurrected Aztec deity Quetzalcoatl. Features many vertigo-inducing shots of the NY skyline. Larry Cohen forever.

  • The Funhouse

    The Funhouse

    ★★★★

    Revisited for a podcast. This gave me nightmares as a kid, and I think it still holds up. A few stray observations:

    -Elizabeth Berridge is truly fantastic. She should have gone on to have a much bigger career after this (Amadeus notwithstanding).
    -RIP to Kevin Conway, who passed away earlier this year. He’s also great - love that eerie glance he shoots towards Berridge when he senses her staring at him.
    -The carnival has a terrifyingly authentic and lived-in quality, populated by drunks, bag ladies, and unknowing families. You can practically smell it.
    -Rick Baker’s Monster is an all-timer. But that goes without saying.

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  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★

    DUNKIRK is a technical marvel, and NOTHING ELSE.

    Look, there's no denying that Christopher Nolan is an accomplished and gifted craftsman. Formally speaking, he really pulls out all the stops here, shooting much of the picture on immense, 70MM IMAX cameras, and unleashing a sonic fury of piercing gunshots, percussive explosions, and horrifying screams of agony (look for this baby to rack up every Sound Editing award in 2018), all set to Hans Zimmer's constantly throbbing (and intrusive) score. With…

  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★★½

    "Don't get confused, it'll just make things worse for me."

    Goddamn, this is great. A gripping and claustrophobic descent into hell. Robert Pattinson is absolutely electrifying.