JJ

“You're gonna do it because the picture has worth! And you have worth if you serve the picture.”

Favorite films

  • Midnight in Paris
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • Metropolitan

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  • Congo

    ★★

  • The Batman

    ★★★

  • Molly's Game

    ★★★½

  • Underworld

    ★½

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  • Congo

    Congo

    ★★

    Goes for Spielberg sentimentality without the skill that Spielberg uses to justify it. The book was fun and with a nasty little edge to it, would have been better to emulate that Crichton than sand the edges off. But this still has its goofy charms, a rubber mask b-movie that doesn’t mind being so. Ernie Hudson steals the show, and Dylan Walsh’s lunch money while he’s at it.

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★

    Understands that to be truly pulpy, you also have to be at least a little self important. Good texture, good score.

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  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★½

    Pretty much exactly what you think it will be. If that’s something you like, then this is a good couple of hours. Kind of coming to terms with the fact that film language has passed me by. These movies are now so openly structural, like exposed rafters. Nothing escalates naturally anymore. The whole world shifts to hit the designated markers, and everything shown has an immediate and utilitarian purpose to it. There’s no moment to breathe, just gears churning with…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★

    Presupposes that there are infinite universes, the only commonality between them all is that they are each irrevocably Reddit. On some level I admire it for sheer invention, it throws in everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink. But that kitchen sink was from Guy Fieri’s Times Square restaurant, and the word and image vomit spewed here is less invention than lack of discretion.

    Clever, which isn’t the same as intelligent. It can move precisely one conceptual level away from itself like…