Joe Calabrese

Cinema isn't about ideas or politics. Cinema isn't about form. Cinema is about vibes and bozo moments.

Favorite films

  • The King of Comedy
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Back to the Future
  • The Night of the Hunter

Recent activity

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  • Sing 2

    ★★

  • Daddy Longlegs

    ★★★½

  • Secrets & Lies

    ★★★★

  • Stand by Me

    ★★★½

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  • Daddy Longlegs

    Daddy Longlegs

    ★★★½

    (deep breath)… maybe I am doing OK at this whole dad thing. I’m never giving my kid melatonin ever again though.

  • Secrets & Lies

    Secrets & Lies

    ★★★★

    “Secrets and lies! We're all in pain! Why can't we share our pain? I've spent my entire life trying to make people happy, and the three people I love the most in the world hate each other's guts, and I'm in the middle! I can't take it anymore!”

    What if we talked openly and honestly 😳😳😳

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  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★½

    A movie is not merely the image on the screen and the sound from the speakers. It is the translation of all this by the brain. It is your suspension of disbelief. It is how much you relate to the main character. It is your prediction of what’s going to happen next, or your surprise when the story defies your expectations. It is your envy of the filmmaker. It is you having to pee. It is your phone vibrating in…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★½

    One of the most ambitious movie of all time. Lots of flaws. Overwritten. Some of the dialogue is actually pretty damn good. There should have been less talking. Or none. Make it a silent film. The score is that good. The emotions are tangible. Nolan is not Kubrick or Tarkovsky, he is Spielberg. This is not 2001, it’s E.T.  The daddy/daughter relationship, that shit lands. Parents are the ghosts of their children's future. Blink and you’ll miss your child’s life.…