Josh Martin

USC Cinema and Media Studies MA candidate, UNC Alum, Co-Founder of UNC’s Aspect Journal, Writer

Favorite films

  • Trouble in Paradise
  • The Third Man
  • Rio Bravo
  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Recent activity

  • Steamboat Bill, Jr.


  • Red Hot Riding Hood


  • Yellow Sky


  • Fast and Furry-ous


Recent reviews

  • Yellow Sky

    Yellow Sky


    It begins with maybe the most nonchalant robbery in all of classic Hollywood, which sets the tone for an eerily quiet and low-key picture. As the story pushes further into isolation, restricting its characters to the liminal space of the town of Yellow Sky, it becomes a quasi-hangout picture — except one highlighted by the worst vibes imaginable, rather than any kind of pleasant temporal passage. I love Wellman’s black-and-white compositions — between this and The Ox-Bow Incident, he seems…

  • Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

    Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!


    A film that’s so thrillingly cinematic in large part because it exists at the intersection of maximalism and minimalism, of all-out excess and sparse emptiness. Meyer’s characters are all larger than life, functionally becoming caricatures in this exaggerated world. The women are defined by the trademark mix of killer one-liners, sexuality, and violent threat, with the latter two dimensions forming the film’s foundation from the opening voiceover and shaping its political position. The men, alternately, work as either walking Freudian…

Popular reviews

  • Babylon



    Is this getting a five star bump because I got to chat with Justin Hurwitz and had a lovely conversation/walk-and-talk through USC with Damien Chazelle about how much I shared my love for La La Land with friends in high school and my passion for teaching now? Maybe. But also it fucking rules and Chazelle is a modern master so the haters can cry about it. New goal is to stay in academia long enough and gain enough clout to…

  • The Northman

    The Northman


    Interesting to have seen this film just in time for some Film Twitter “discourse” (for those not in the know: Vikings, white supremacy/neo-Nazis, folks yelling back and forth in bad faith, etc.) to kick in. This film has been a discourse bomb waiting to go off ever since that medieval scholar tweeted about how the poster was a Nazi dogwhistle when the marketing campaign started. Robert Eggers, judging from the post-screening Q&A and every interview I’ve read with him, seems…