Mark Matusoff

Mark Matusoff

Filmmaker, Sound Designer, photographer.
Lover of all genres of film with a particular interest in the weird.

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  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★½

    Going in with low expectations, I was pleasantly surprised by Palm Springs.  I admit I was going to watch this a couple months ago but at the time the COVID depression swayed me away from watching a film about characters that repeat the same day over and over.  But as “award season” is upon us, I decided it’s time.

    I have no particularly strong feelings toward Groundhog Day so I don’t care that it’s a similar concept.  With no disrespect to Andy…

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★

    If there’s one thing positive that I can say about Zack Snyder films is that they are visually appealing.  I’m not going to complain about the amount of CGI because it’s a superhero blockbuster, of course there’s copious CGI.  The visual style takes you into another world, something more artistic.  They’re consciously unrealistic by design which makes the effects more forgiving.

    The down side here is, about everything else.  Most specifically the story is somewhere between nonsensical and uninteresting.  There…

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  • Sinister

    Sinister

    ★★★

    Maybe it’s just me, but if there’s one thing that horror fans really hate, it’s the question “what’s the scariest horror film you’ve ever seen?”  Sure it can be a valid question, and a fine discussion to have among horror fans, but in most circumstances it comes across as more of a challenge.  More of a statement: “tell me a movie that’ll scare me.”  I don’t know what to say to that, I have fun watching horror films, I get…

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★½

    Excellent acting, Fincher’s precision and attention to detail, “backstage musical” etc. etc.  

    I don’t want to talk about what was good about this movie, I want to talk about what I didn’t like.  The whole thing had a bit of an arrogant Hollywood film snob elitist patting themselves on the back feeling that didn’t sit well with me.  And I tend to like a lot of snobby films but this one rubbed me the wrong way in that sense.…