john lichman

born in a lightning storm and dancing for pennies under an overpass.

Favorite films

  • Bloodsport
  • Birdsong
  • In the City of Sylvia
  • A Room and a Half

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  • Major Grom: Plague Doctor

    ★½

  • The Samurai

    ★★★½

  • Broadcast Signal Intrusion

    ★★★

  • On the Corner of Ego and Desire

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  • Major Grom: Plague Doctor

    Major Grom: Plague Doctor

    ★½

    A weird result of production overlapping (technically this is a Disney/Netflix distribution inspired by an independent Russian comic and funded by Russia's answer to IMDb if you're a trivia host at a bar) this is a film that definiely exists due to data points being established. The vigilante in this comic adaptation is the villain that murders bad guys but because they're the crux of Russian economics the protagonist cop must stop the vigilante from murdering oligarchs due to endangering…

  • The Samurai

    The Samurai

    ★★★½

    A repressed cop manifests his own enemy in the form of a man in a white dress ready to harass the town that bullies his own timidness. Not exactly a slasher, though it racks up a fast body count, it's an interesting study at implications galore and how else to read into the question of "what happens if you stop feeding the wolf?"

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  • Batman Forever

    Batman Forever

    ★★★

    One of the greatest shots of all time is the file footage of Tommy Lee Jones having acid thrown at him in a court room and sudden cut (in archival footage) of Batman, seated in the first row of the court, leaping over the guard rail.

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    As a person who grew up mostly in D.C. proper you have no idea how happy I was to see spatially correct location shots (aside from the Landmark Mall, which is in Arlington, VA) even if they cheated and made the Smithsonian's party location be the Swiss-or-Icelandic Embassy.

    But you know, monkey's paw and all that such a film had to be this. For a brief moment in the CG final battle I thought we'd almost escape the self-satirical "comic…