Favorite films

  • Sweet Smell of Success
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Inherent Vice

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  • Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr.

    ★★½

  • Throw Down

    ★★★★

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★

  • Serpico

    ★★★

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  • Girlfriends

    Girlfriends

    ★★★★

    You can definitely feel its DNA in the early mumblecore of Andrew Bujalski, Lena Dunham, and others, and it’s basically the blueprint for Frances Ha. Lovely film.

    Side note: I knew I recognized the protagonist’s best friend Anne from somewhere and, sure enough, by pure coincidence, I watched the only other movie Anita Skinner ever appeared in just last week! She played the lead in the creepy slow-burn horror film Sole Survivor (1984), which was similarly ahead of its time and serves as a fascinating precursor to films made decades later—in this case, Final Destination and It Follows.

  • There's Nothing Out There

    There's Nothing Out There

    Feisty self-referential horror-comedy that’s not nearly as clever as it thinks it is. OK, I admit the hero swinging to safety on the boom mic that just dipped into frame made me smile. But the horror-geek character who knows all the rules wasn’t novel even in 1991 -- see the 1986 slasher Evil Laugh, in which the Fangoria-reading Barney warns his pals that sex equals death 10 years before Randy in Scream. Surprisingly, There’s Nothing Out There’s resident horror nerd…

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  • Inland Empire

    Inland Empire

    ★★★★

    It’s not about the bunnies...

    Is it about the bunnies?

  • Disconnected

    Disconnected

    ★★★½

    An early-’80s art-horror nightmare with a post-punk/new wave soundtrack featuring Hunters & Collectors and XTC. I’m not sure whether the disjointed fever-dream aesthetic was arrived at via intent or ineptitude (or a little of both), but it doesn’t matter. This is weird, fascinating regional horror for which terms like “good” or “bad” just don’t apply. I was mesmerized.

    And those phone calls are fucking unnerving. Jesus Christ.