pianosmasher

I tend to see the good in bad films and the bad in good films. Is that fair?

Favorite films

  • Your Name.
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • 8½
  • Sound of Metal

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  • Old

    ★★★

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★½

  • Ulysses

    ★★★★

  • Panda! Go Panda!

    ★★★

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  • Old

    Old

    ★★★

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

    I don’t know what’s wrong with it. The shots and cuts are fantastic, at times career-best. The actors all showed up to work and were clearly directed well. The concept is well-presented and explored in at least one or two ways I didn’t expect along with the usual talking points. It’s over in an hour and a half. What could be missing?

    I keep seeing “laughably bad” and the like throughout these reviews, without a citation. This kind of writing…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★½

    The fact that this movie came out nearly three months ago and 3 out of the 9 people in my theater still clapped when it ended really says it all. This is a movie speaking the right language for something made in 2022. It understands the concerns of the here and now and does its best to address them in ways both tried and true. The filmmaking is top notch, most notable in its clever juggling of frame rates and…

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  • The Society of the Spectacle

    The Society of the Spectacle

    ★★★

    I often wonder how and why Debord made a film of his work. On one hand, Society of the Spectacle is a seminal work on media, and film had been steadily rising as the primary form of media consumed by the average consumer. Debord insisted that we would have to speak the language of the spectacle in order to hijack it and eventually tear down the whole arrangement, so it makes sense that he would adapt to his times and…

  • Another Happy Day

    Another Happy Day

    ★★★★

    A textbook definition of emotional labor