Mike Plotz

Film is the highest form of art, The Sopranos is the highest reaches of film.

Favorite films

  • The Matrix
  • Harakiri
  • The Shining
  • Paris Is Burning

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  • X

    ★★

  • The Kid Detective

    ★★★★

  • Matchstick Men

    ★★½

  • Under the Skin

    ★★★★

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★½

    It's like an algorithm made this movie and I mean that in the best possible way. Some engineer fed in 30 years of successful blockbuster content and the outcome is this beautiful mess of iconic shots, one liners, fan service, and a healthy dose of never tell me the odds.

    The plot is totally irrelevant because every scene will make you want to jump out of your seat and pump your fist in the air completely devoid of context. I…

  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★

    Raw, harrowing, and powerful interviews with the survivors. It's still so rare to see men cry and be vulnerable even in 2022 and that courage makes their stories feel even more urgent to share.

    The rest of the movie felt slapped on and was a total mess. The investigative journalism aspect was repetitive and stretched out what could've probably been told in one short Wikipedia article. But also fuck the boy scouts leadership.

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  • Harakiri

    Harakiri

    ★★★★★

    Harakiri is a tense and engaging film that grabs you by the gut and doesn’t let go until it steps in to decapitate you… er, sort of. Harakiri is an incredibly effective and longstanding film that understands tension, backstory, and empathy.

    It is 17th century Japan, and in peacetime, Ronin are wandering the countryside looking for work or in this case, a wealthyman’s courtyard in which to disembowel himself. Some Ronin, however, express intent to commit harakiri, hoping the proprietor…

  • Funny Games

    Funny Games

    ★★★★★

    I've never been murdered before, but I've imagined it a few times and I always envision a moment (at least in a home-invasion scenario) when you realize with every fiber of your being that this is not ending well for you.

    It wasn't until well into the third act, in a moment so on the nose it breaks the fourth wall and practically spells it out, that I realized this was not ending well for our happy German family. This…