Favorite films

  • Jaws
  • All That Heaven Allows
  • The Return of the Living Dead
  • King Kong

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  • Attack of the Puppet People

    ★★½

  • Heartbreak Ridge

    ★★★★½

  • Firefox

    ★★★

  • They Hear It

    ★★★

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  • Godzilla

    Godzilla

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    (Written on 8/11/2017 for the Muriels Hall of Fame and published here.)

    As a response to the national tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, perhaps it’s not surprising that, unlike the countless sequels, remakes, cartoons and toys that came after, Ishiro Honda’s Godzilla is… not a lot of fun. From the perspective of an American 2017 viewer, raised in the shadow of blockbuster spectacles, it does everything wrong. There are characters — the professor who wants to study the beast; his…

  • All That Heaven Allows

    All That Heaven Allows

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Here's a little something I wrote up for the Muriels Hall of Fame:

    “There is so much to adore about All That Heaven Allows, Douglas Sirk’s 1955 tale of a love affair between a socialite (Jane Wyman) and younger gardener (Rock Hudson). The acting is top-notch: Wyman leads us through Cary’s conflicts and confusion with her face alone, while Hudson’s soft-spoken and tamped-down performance is, in the context of a 50s melodrama, practically Bressonian. The crazy-artificial sets, particularly Cary’s house,…

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  • Attack of the Puppet People

    Attack of the Puppet People

    ★★½

    Svengoolie S15E10. Two stars for being a movie about shrunken people because I love those, plus a half star for “Welp, I’m about to get caught so time to murder/suicide” and John Agar beating the shit out of a human-sized marionette.

  • Every Which Way but Loose

    Every Which Way but Loose

    ★★

    "The actual result, though, leaves a lot to be desired. Now, based on my Letterboxd feed (which, admittedly, is not representative), I’m in the minority on this. And I get it! It’s a hang-out movie. It’s full of what the kids call “vibes.” Nothing much happens, and that’s the appeal. If you want to see Clint Eastwood enjoy the company of Geoffrey Lewis (owner of the saddest eyes in cinema, R.I.P.) and an orangutan, this is the movie for you!…

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  • Beasts of the Southern Wild

    Beasts of the Southern Wild

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Hey girl. Sorry you're too young and too small to do anything about global warming, your poverty, your father's horrendous parenting style, your missing mom, your terrible schooling, your community's penchant for alcoholism and general unwindulaxing, and being inculcated with values that emphasize the masculine ("beast it") to the detriment of the feminine ("don't be a pussy"). Oh yeah, and your father dying.

    But hey! You stood up to some imaginary monster pigs, so good for you.

  • Me and Orson Welles

    Me and Orson Welles

    BOYHOOD took twelve years to make, but this took twelve years to watch.