Favorite films

  • Taking Off
  • Dance with the Devil
  • Ugly, Dirty and Bad
  • Identikit

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  • Ladies They Talk About

  • Feast of Death

  • Mademoiselle

Pinned reviews

  • Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

    Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!


    At LAFCA in 2019, Michael Barker took me by the hand and led me through a crowded hotel auditorium, past J Lo and Bong Joon-ho, shouting “Pedro! Pedro!” so I could meet his longtime collaborator, Pedro Almodovar. I felt like a kid exiting a stadium with his father, except we’d somehow gotten onto the field and were passing hall of famers. Noah Bambauch looked especially upset by this. Anyway, Michael (understandably) assumed I was a big fan of Pedro’s, who…

  • Detour


    Watching Tom Neal accidentally kill two people in a way that seems written to relieve him of any real wrongdoing feels silly at first. Like noirish bad luck approaching parody. That's until you learn that, in real life, Neal would go on to kill his actual wife and provide an equally absurd defense that denied any real culpability.

    A part of that defense included painting his deceased wife as a cruel, Ann Savage-like woman, who he had to kill in…

Recent reviews

  • Beau Is Afraid

    Beau Is Afraid

    Big Brother has become Big Mother and your father is Jabba the Nut.

  • Blue Sky

    Blue Sky


    Tony Richardson's swan song is a wonderfully weird melodrama that almost never saw the light of day. What a way to go—necking in nuclear test sites, teens playing hot potato with grenades, Jack Nitzsche channeling Angelo Badalementi as helicopters hawkishly circle a sunbathing army wife while she puts on a topless show for them, her husband loving every second of it, their free-spirited love an act of atomic rebellion against the military's iron fist, which will squeeze, suppress and sedate…

Popular reviews

  • Red Rocket

    Red Rocket

    As an audience member, this tapped feelings I hadn't felt in a while—nostalgia for a place I've never been, empathy in corners usually mined for rage cheerleading. As a filmmaker, it feels like a loving dare—what can happen when you push past digestible characters with moralizing arcs and, instead, get closer to something bawdy and uncomfortable and sordid and foul and tender all at once.

    Watched at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Shot on 16 w/ custom lenses made for Soderbergh that he never ended up using. :)

  • Blonde