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Joseph has written 19 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

    Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story


    Popstar’s blueprint

  • Death Race 2000

    Death Race 2000


    holy shit this rules lmao

  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening

    Hale County This Morning, This Evening


    less documentary than tone poem, it somewhat fails to gel together cohesively enough to really say anything, but it is nevertheless a stunningly shot and edited borderline impressionistic portrait of modern Black identity.

  • Blindspotting



    undermined a bit by its humor and by tonal messiness, but when it gathers its focus and digs into the layers of its subject matter, it’s some really powerful shit. as a criticism of allyship via appropriation and as an examination of how our perceptions and subconscious prejudices can trap those who desperately need our understanding, it’s essential.

  • Snowpiercer



    works best as an action thriller taken at face value, works less when you give its ham-fisted metaphor any thought, although the concept and execution is undoubtedly pretty fun and interesting. also I was genuinely taken aback by how good Chris Evans actually was in this. get this man some better projects

  • The Peanut Butter Falcon

    The Peanut Butter Falcon


    saccharine sweet, light, and aggressively indie. adored it for a bit but it grew tiresome fairly quickly. always love me some shia tho and Zack Gottsagen is a delightful revelation.

  • Contagion



    dramatized enough to work as thrilling escapism, realistic enough to be terrifying- and, as we all now know, prophetic. hearing characters talk about social distancing, the dangers of touching your face, hearing phrases like “novel virus,” seeing people raid grocery stores- these things all almost felt oddly meta viewing them in a world that increasingly feels like a disaster movie made by one of cinema’s most twisted directors. its greatest weaknesses are also its strengths: it’s cold, disjointed, apathetic, chaotic,…

  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)


    every comic book movie needs psychopathic Ewan McGregor

  • Always in Season

    Always in Season


    Always in Season, a documentary film directed by Jacqueline Olive, screened at the Tower Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 31, 2019, followed by a brief Q & A session with Olive herself. The film examines the U.S. culture of lynching and documents the family of Lennon Lacy, a 17-year-old African-American teen who was found hanging from a swing set in rural North Carolina in 2014. While this serves as the film’s primary narrative thread, the film also follows…

  • The Souvenir

    The Souvenir


    Idk it’s fine. I admired it more than I actually enjoyed it- I found it relentlessly boring. I do feel like it’s a matter of personal distaste- I can’t deny that it’s excellent filmmaking.

  • It



    You punched me, made me walk through shitty water, dragged me through a crackhouse... and now I’m gonna have to kill this fucking clown.” - best fist-pump line in all of modern cinema I think

  • Mission: Impossible III

    Mission: Impossible III


    Discovered this was on Amazon Prime and felt it was due for a rewatch and damn I forgot how solid this is. Aside from the annoying Instagram filter color palette and sometimes excessive cutting and shaky cam - that first Berlin set piece especially nearly gave me an anneurism - this is a riveting action thriller that had me on the edge of my seat- or rather, couch-even having seen it before. 

    Side note(s): 
    1. It’s insane how PSH was…