James Dongilli

Someday, I’ll make movies. Right now, I’m watching them. Always seeking meaning and purpose in art.

Favorite films

  • Annihilation
  • It Comes at Night
  • Crimson Peak
  • Shutter Island

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  • Bullet Train

    ★★★

  • Prey

    ★★★★

  • Under the Silver Lake

    ★★

  • Blonde

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  • Bullet Train

    Bullet Train

    ★★★

    David Leitch clearly thinks he can do Tarantino-lite. He can’t, but there’s certainly some fun to be had in the attempt: lots of blood, neon lights, and the natural chemistry of a great ensemble cast. Bullet Train is a breezy way to spend a couple of hours, but don’t surprised if the majority of it evaporates from your memory as soon as you step out of the theater. What really weighs the film down the most is its absolute barrage…

  • Prey

    Prey

    ★★★★

    Prey rules! Relentless, gory action and beautiful naturalistic photography make this a stellar addition to the Predator franchise. Trachtenberg is laser-focused (pun intended) on maximizing the impact of every single scene, resulting in thrilling setpieces that rely on inventive visual storytelling as opposed to shaky clutter. Much of the film plays wordlessly, letting the intensity build through suspenseful sound design and a thundering score. The cast are all uniformly excellent, though this is really Amber Midthunder’s movie. She’s subdued, fiery, and…

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  • Blonde

    Blonde

    Letterboxd users try not to judge a film before it releases and they’ve actually seen it challenge (gone wrong, impossible edition 2022)

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★

    So yeah, this movie is somewhat of a mess, but it’s a bold, colorful, intensely personal and strikingly imaginative mess. There’s a powerful, beating heart underneath the high-gloss techno-whizbang of The Matrix Resurrections, and it’s… a love story? Not what I expected, but a welcome surprise. Make no mistake, this is a truly divisive entry into a divisive franchise (I think both Reloaded and Revolutions absolutely slap, but that’s neither here nor there). Personally, divisiveness excites me. A film isn’t…