Well ... it took around nine months of off and on (mostly off) work, but I've finally finished reevaluating all my past ratings and updating them to reflect my current standards. As such, I started a new list about which I am very excited to share with you, as it is my new and definitive "favorite films of all time" list. Here we have a chronological canon, which will be continuously updated when I see films that I feel qualify.…
Damien Chazelle seems to have essentially achieved his goals with Babylon. He made his Boogie Nights. The difference is, while Babylon is often dazzlingly brilliant, it is too flawed to reach the level of PTA's porn epic, nor the other obvious inspirations: Singin' in the Rain, The Day of the Locust and The Wolf of Wall Street. As tremendous as most of Chazelle's film is, it struggles in regards to pacing, narrative structure and a bland lead performance. It is…
There's Something About Mary 1998
It took me a bafflingly long time to finally see There's Something About Mary . I was not at all disappointed. Far from it, as this might be the ultimate example of the Farrelly Brothers perverse, lunatic sweetness. Truly, it ranks among the finest of romantic comedies, a genre that is historically far from a personal favorite.
P.S. No one ever told me this movie has Jonathan Richman as a Greek chorus. How fucking great is that?!?
Nocturnal Animals 2016
Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals is a film within a film, each narrative seamlessly complimenting the other. This emotional powder keg of a thriller delivers a vicious, ugly punch below the belt and just keeps on punching. I found it uncommonly disturbing for a mainstream Hollywood flick, which I mean in the most complimentary way.
Don't Look Up 2021
Apparently, in the year 2021, satire isn't allowed to be blunt and impactful anymore. The primary criticisms lobbed at Adam McKay's Don't Look Up are that it is allegedly smug and unsubtle. Well, yeah, that's sort of the point, guys. With what is clearly a passion project, McKay appears to have had no interest in calm restraint. Frankly, why the fuck should he? Using a potentially apocalyptic meteor as a stand-in for global warming and the anti-vax crowd, Don't Look…
What a nasty little surprise for my first film from the 2022 calendar year! Watcher is a fantastic exercise in psychological horror, delivering everything I could have possibly wanted and so much more than I expected. First-time director Chloe Okuno's steady escalation of tension results in a remarkably confident showcase for her cinematic instincts, as the ominous, quietly paranoid atmosphere gives way to full-blown terror. The refusal to subtitle the considerable amount of Romanian dialogue proves to be so clever,…