RSS feed for Jordan
  • Ma

    Ma

    Fun movie! The racial angle is wisely left as subtext for the most part, the focus instead placed on long-simmering resentments and high school anxiety/inadequacy. Found a sort of verisimilitude in its high schoolers, too. They look like actual teenagers and there are small details (e.g. a girl who feigns drunkenness to avoid ingesting any alcohol) that ring true. Spencer, whose talents are so often hamstrung by retrograde pablum, makes a meal out of the occasion. Very cool that her boy hooked her up with this project.

  • Mean Streets

    Mean Streets

    There’s a quaintness in scope here that beguiles — the grimy interiors, the sensuous French New Wave sensibility, the hardscrabble milieu. The needle drops, so brazen and novel at the time, now feel almost nervous and uncertain. The Gimme Shelter’s and Then She Kissed Me’s of Marty’s most iconic crime films act as backdrop or subterfuge, the rocket fuel that sustains the highs of Henry Hill and Jordan Belfort. But here the pop cues are a red herring, a scrim…

  • Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh

    Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh

    One of the best things Netflix has produced. In its own way, the quintessential distillation of Sandler’s appeal: overwhelming tenderness just under the surface, couched in strangely endearing jokes about saggy ballsacks and anal sex. Seems like critics believe only artists like Baumbach or PTA can tease out Sandler’s bruised, romantic side, which is why I think fans have responded so enthusiastically to this. He’s achieving that same poignancy on his own terms, without the imprimatur of a respected auteur. Got too high and was straight-up bawling during the Farley tribute. Long live the Sandman.

  • Misery

    Misery

    No one thought to question the aggrieved baby-killer nurse who adores Paul Sheldon about his disappearance? What’s that? She’s buying reams of paper and a typewriter? Probably fine. Idiot plot aside, this is still so good. Thought I hadn’t seen it in full but almost every scene was etched into my mind. Reiner is a great fit for King’s material because he keeps it warm and folksy, never showing his hand (i.e. that raucous, retroactively winking cue of “Shotgun” in…

  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    Great film. Carmen Maura looks like AOC.

  • Matador

    Matador

    Feels like one of Argento’s boring movies

  • The Mask

    The Mask

    Sssssssssmokin!

  • The Happening

    The Happening

    There’s a knowing, 50s-esque sensibility in the offbeat humor and wide-eyed, earnest performances (e.g. the peculiar horticulturist) that’s easy to read as inept or miscalculated. Guess that’s why everyone shit their pants and called this the worst movie ever made. To the credit of its detractors, Wahlberg isn’t right for the material and Zooey Deschanel gives probably the worst performance in a Shyamalan film. But the idea that this is some nadir of auteurist pop filmmaking is not only wrong…

  • Wanted

    Wanted

    Mystified as to how I ever thought this was badass. Not even five minutes in and a sniper’s red dot sight aligns with the bindi on a woman’s forehead before splattering her brains all over the wall. It couldn’t be more soulless as a Matrix clone. Gone is the self-actualization and truthseeking and replaced instead with incel fantasies. It carries a phony patina of satire but actually believes that you’re a pussy if you punch a clock. As a 15-year-old, the…

  • Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus

    Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus

    Like one degree removed from full-on fedora guy humor. Loved Invader ZIM as a kid but probably gonna leave it in the past for good.

  • Mindhunters

    Mindhunters

    Watched this because I finally caught up with Mindhunter’s first season and the memory of this long-forgotten, dated-on-arrival movie came flooding back to me. Seems like the kind of dumbass bullshit Ebert would’ve given 3 stars. A barrage of inspired, Final Destination-esque setpieces, bad accents, and creaky one-liners hanging on an Agatha Christie clothesline. Weird cast, moves like a bullet. Renny Harlin and LL Cool J made beautiful things together.

  • Why We Fight: Prelude to War

    Why We Fight: Prelude to War

    Love watching WWII propaganda with my boys