Josh Martin

Josh Martin

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

Favorite films

  • Casablanca
  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

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  • The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★

  • Petite Maman

    ★★★★

  • Halloween Kills

    ★★★

  • The Last Duel

    ★★½

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  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★

    While I’m probably about 5 years too young for this movie to really hit the poignant sweet spot—at least based on what I’ve gathered about its critical reception thus far—this is still so great. I’ve had this reaction a few times lately, but this is firmly one of those films that I think will grow in my mind the longer I think about it. I’m looking forward to revisiting later this year, especially knowing its broader narrative trajectory beyond the…

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★½

    I’m struggling to put my finger on what left me feeling rather ambivalent about this entire endeavor; one gets the sense that the creative team can justify each and every choice, even if those choices aren’t always effective. 

    In any event, I really don’t get the decision to frame this as a quasi-Rashomon riff, in which we’re forced to sit through the obviously BS male stories in order to get to the truth from Marguerite. The only way it works…

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  • Dear Evan Hansen

    Dear Evan Hansen

    We — as in, all of us who spend too much time online — all had the very similar experience of going “Wait, THAT’s what this movie is about?” when the trailer for Dear Evan Hansen dropped earlier this year. Truthfully, we really should have been focused on something else: this material is so ill-suited to the musical format that I’m shocked it was a smash hit. It’s downright appalling how badly this plays at various points. Folks cackled when…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★

    “This doesn’t feel right.”

    Rating is very tentative, as this takes.... let’s say a rather significant turn in its final 30 minutes that I don’t quite know what to make of yet. But what precedes it (save for a second extended car scene that drags on a touch too long—though the ultimate destination is worth it) is one of the finest horror films I’ve seen in years. Either you’re down with Kaufman doing his usual stuff in the confines of…