J.D. Funari

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Favorite films

  • After Hours
  • True Romance
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • Scream 4

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  • All Is Lost

    ★★★★

  • Sympathy for the Devil

    ★★★½

  • Asteroid City

    ★★★

  • Wild Tales

    ★★★★

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  • All Is Lost

    All Is Lost

    ★★★★

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

    As soon as I finished watching All is Lost I landed on a Reddit post that eviscerated the sailing accuracy. While I’m sympathetic to the annoyance at a niche skill being misrepresented in cinema (to be fair The Holiday got trailer editing pretty accurate), it has little retroactive impact for me.


    The lone Robert Redford starrer is like Cast Away without the prologue, or the third act, or an island... or Wilson. Ok, maybe that’s a bad comparison, but the…

  • Sympathy for the Devil

    Sympathy for the Devil

    ★★★½

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

    The History of Violence meets Collateral with a dash of Locke? You got my attention.

    I'm so tempted to give this 4 stars. Yeah, there's a number of story details that won't hold up to much scrutiny (namely the implausible eccentricity of Cage's character), but I had a helluva lotta fun with it.

    Sympathy for the Devil is a two actor, limited location special that hinges on a fairly straightforward mystery. Thankfully the script keeps its cards close to the…

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  • We Live in Public

    We Live in Public

    ★★★★

    "Andy Warhol was actually wrong. His view was that people want 15 minutes of fame in their lifetime. Our view is that people want 15 minutes of fame every day."

    Josh Harris was shockingly prescient about virtually all of it. How the Internet would worm its way into our daily interactions, how social media would fundamentally change our behavior, how chronicling our lives would become inextricably tied to our sense of worth.

    The only part he got wrong was the…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★½

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

    Sound of Metal is ostensibly about hearing loss, portrayed through exceptional sound design and a riveting career best performance from Riz Ahmed (who more than makes up for his embarrassing villain turn in the cringe-fest known as Venom).

    More broadly, Darius Marder's film is about loss, full stop. The loss of control, the loss of identity, the loss of a passion, the loss of the plans one had for their life. As someone who's suffered the unexpected death of a…