Favorite films

  • Three Colors: Red
  • Samurai Rebellion
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Winter Sleep

Recent activity

  • Inherent Vice


  • Lone Star


  • The Hateful Eight


  • Faust


Pinned reviews

  • Come and See

    Come and See


    Although I've seen people call this a realistic movie, nothing in it strikes me as real, in the sense of photographic realness that captures an event accurately.

    Seen through the eyes of a 13-14 year old protagonist, with a wandering, moving camera that itself feels like a real participant in the movie (and thus the movie's persuasion is very powerful -- you feel like you are there with everyone), "Come and See" depicts a wartime nightmare of what it feels…

  • Three Colors: Blue

    Three Colors: Blue


    "Blue" is less a formal movie than a visual lyric dedicated to grief. You could say that the main character suffers terrible loss and, as the plot goes, she deals with it. That's it.

    But wait, Kieslowski structured these Three Colors films around the French Revolution's three values, even though he downplayed that, and "Blue" is about liberty. I'm one to think that his movies, whether Three Colors or Decalogue, are in fact profound meditations on their topic.

    How is…

Recent reviews

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice


    The first thing to know about "Inherent Vice" is that you cannot follow it. It is not supposed to be followed, not entirely, as a tightly constructed detective story might be. You would know this because it's based on a Thomas Pynchon novel, the pyrotechnic Thelonious-Monk of the novel, playing familiar melodies so oddly that we first hear them, and lose them, and find them again, and lose them, delighted with the finding each time.

    I am batting 2 for…

  • Lone Star

    Lone Star


    John Sayles' "Lone Star" should serve as greatly instructive to filmmakers for at least two reasons. One is its deployment of flashbacks, not only artfully woven into the storyline but also artfully transitioned into and out of. Since the film is about a Texas city, its past and present, with the present finding out great secrets about the past, plus the obvious theme of the past impinging on the present in every single way, the flashbacks are really something.


Popular reviews

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once


    The primary reason I go to movies is to be wowed. To be wowed is to be given the gift of insight into something, although sometimes, for awhile after the film, it's not clear what that something is.

    I have not seen a movie this remarkable in a long time. It blends an emotional core with wild expressionism. You could say that it wants us to have great fun at the movies while wanting to give us a feeling of…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse


    Boiled down to its essence, "The Lighthouse" is about what it would feel like to be roommates with Willem Dafoe, forever.

    Although, that would be a Dafoe with a grimy beard, smelling of piss and jism, an authoritarian who won't let you LIGHT THE DAMN LIGHT! Yaaarrrrggghhh!

    More than almost any other film I have ever seen, I get a feeling that 'The Lighthouse" is a famous short story in an anthology. It's like reading Poe or Gene Wolfe or…