JJ

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

Favorite films

  • The Lady Eve
  • The Aviator's Wife
  • The Mummy
  • Metropolitan

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  • Melancholia

    ★★★

  • Bullet Train

    ★★

  • Viva Las Vegas

    ★★★

  • The Taming of the Shrew

    ★★★

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  • Melancholia

    Melancholia

    ★★★

    I guess I’m one of the freaks who prefers the first half to the last half. The tug of war between a wedding reception and crippling depression is much more fascinating than another one of Lars’ surface level concepts. The man confounds me. One of the great directors of our time and his films sometimes approach the depths of a CSI: Miami episode.

  • Bullet Train

    Bullet Train

    ★★

    Has its moments, but ultimately a loose jumble of ideas with the only throughline being that they’re all irritating. Far too much plot, the film piles on flashbacks and twists and backstories to the point where I just gave up by the final act. If you give me too much to carry then sometimes I’ll just choose to drop everything instead. Reddit humor, they make Brad Pitt say “shitballs” in this three times. I’m sure they’d insist it’s ironic, but…

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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…

  • Return to Me

    Return to Me

    ★★★★½

    -One of my favorites. Simple but not shallow, sentimental yet self aware. Enjoy the authentically Catholic milieu, Hunt is really good at those small details that create real characters, and from that a real community. Notice how one of the old men only drinks milk while his friends drink beer. They never call attention to it, and in doing so give him a life beyond his utility to the plot. I know and love these people, most of them are…