• Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas


    Someone hacked my website a few years ago and gave this a meager 3/4 stars. No worries, I’ve taken the review down.

    Wim Wenders' laconic parable will be the subject of our September bonus episode for Filmspotting Family members on Patreon. Join here: www.patreon.com/filmspotting/posts

  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums


    Working on my Virtual Seminar - "The Royal Tenenbaums' Family Tree" - for the Coolidge Corner Theater. Q&A session will be Nov. 12. More details forthcoming here: coolidge.org/

  • Kajillionaire



    No staunch defender of the Wes Anderson aesthetic should complain that Miranda July’s movies suffer from a fussily arranged, determined weirdness. So I’ll say instead that I personally find it difficult to ride her wavelength. But I might be learning.


  • Antebellum



    Part period piece, part horror flick, part Shyamalanesque piece of chicanery, Antebellum—if you stick with it—reveals itself to be a sharp consideration of the lasting legacy of American slavery, right down to the present day.


  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles


    A bold formal experiment that stares directly into the lonely domestic abyss to see if humanity can survive there.


  • The Nest

    The Nest


    There isn’t much ambiguity to The Nest, a family psychodrama from Martha Marcy May Marlene writer-director Sean Durkin, but there are strong performances all around—including a powerhouse one from Carrie Coon.


  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America


    Gorgeous ... but should it really be this nostalgic?


  • Mulan



    Maybe Disney should have just left Mulan alone. The 1998 version of the Chinese legend was one of the studio’s less compelling animated musicals, an awkward combination of showbiz formula, girl-power chutzpah, and Asian cultural references. For the live-action remake, directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider), the powers that be have dropped the production numbers and put very little in their place. It would be difficult to concoct a less imaginative remake. The wuxia action is certainly more prominent here,…

  • Romancing the Stone

    Romancing the Stone


    I had a blast discussing this on the Blank Check podcast as part of their Robert Zemeckis series. Although it's really more of a Diane Thomas film.


  • Tenet



    Tenet can very likely be explained. I’m not sure it can be experienced.


  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things


    This gets stranger and stranger, until it slowly begins to click into place—not just as a Kaufman reflection on existential angst, but on the failure of art to meet that angst in a satisfactory way.


  • RoboCop



    How does RoboCop play amid calls to defund the police? We'll discuss on our upcoming bonus ep for Filmspotting Family members. Join the family here: www.patreon.com/filmspotting