Matt Goldberg

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Favorite films

  • The Graduate
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • The Fountain
  • Back to the Future

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  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    ★★★★

  • The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★

  • Titane

    ★★★★

  • The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★★

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  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    ★★★★

    Even though it has some really dark scenes, it’s also probably the funniest Harry Potter movie. Radcliffe’s little “pincer” mime gets me every time.

  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★

    This one really knocked me for a loop. It’s such a thoughtful look at how the love we share transforms us, exposes us, and makes us indelible yet transient. The performances, especially from Reinsve and Lie, are phenomenal. I also love how the film sets out societal expectations—love, marriage, kids—and then works to thoroughly upend those expectations into something harder to pin down yet no less rich and rewarding. I gotta make it a point to watch Trier’s other movies in the new year.

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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★½

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

    Between this and Hereditary, I’m confident saying I’m not an Ari Aster fan. On a technical level, his skill is undeniable, but it lacks artistry. Everything he does is painfully self-aware and there’s no empathy for his characters. The deaths of family members are exploited and crassly used for shock value with minimal reckoning. He’s made two movies that are ostensibly about unimaginable grief, and yet they both get bogged down in mythological bullshit. By the end, you’re no longer focused on the protagonist because of some threatening cultish other. Spare me.

  • A Castle for Christmas

    A Castle for Christmas

    I reject that just because it’s a Hallmark holiday romance it must be bad. But this is the laziest garbage. It’s mostly telling instead of showing, Shields and Elwes have zero chemistry, and every directing decision seems to be utterly half-assed. 

    There are also bizarre decisions like this one couple showing up at the inn and you think they’ll have some nefarious purpose and they are never seen again. Or when the credits start to roll with what appears to…