Writes about crime fiction, film and culture at Hardboiled Wonderland.

Favorite films

  • Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
  • Miller's Crossing
  • Lost Highway
  • Sorcerer

Recent activity

  • The Menu

  • Don't Come Knocking

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

  • What's New Pussycat?

Recent reviews

  • Firewall


    The good news: Harrison Ford, Alan Arkin, Robert Forster and Robert Patrick onscreen together

    The bad news: they're talking about banking and cyber security.

  • The Oh in Ohio

    The Oh in Ohio

    Parker Posey and Danny DeVito are my favorite onscreen couple

Popular reviews

  • White Sands

    White Sands

    Very happy for the opportunity to revisit this one for an appearance on The Projection Booth podcast. What does stand out again is the cast. Holy cow is it stacked. Always somebody interesting to watch and appreciate especially 30 years on as both Willem DaFoe and Samuel L. Jackson have built tremendous careers.

    It's a high-desert daylight noir that twists about perhaps too much for its own good. Curious to know how writer Daniel Pyne might have directed the material…

  • Belly


    The actual fuck? This flick has it all and not nearly enough. Not really sure what I was expecting, but this story of boyhood friends whose neighborhood alliance grows into a criminal empire that eventually topples making way the barbarians at the gate plays like a pastiche of every crime flick, music video and ecstasy/acid vision you've ever entertained blasting hip-hop in your car. It's gorgeous and stylish as hell, makes very little sense and its impact is like a…