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  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ★★★½

    Third acts are tough. Most of my film-going experience has seen plot propelled by premise, launched by first acts and relying on an agreement with the audience that the filmmaker makes an opening deposit on engagement. In a world where nothing is original, and everything has been done before, we settle for predictability (sometimes, but less frequently, in hindsight) because "the journey is more important than the destination" has been hammered into us as a bulwark against criticism that escapism…

  • High-Rise

    High-Rise

    ★★½

    Like the lower-floor tenants denied the amenities of the elevated, we - the audience - seem privy to glimpses of a larger and more coherent story; but Wheatley shuts the door before a greater understanding is ever allowed to coalesce in more than the broadest strokes. A fine allegory, but without the context and embellishment of Ballard's prose, I'm left standing out in the cold holding frivolous scenes of attempted artistry and a frustrating sense that the party was going to be really good if only I had been invited.

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  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★

    [Redundant praise]
    [Joke about sleds]
    [Regurgitated and bastardized interpretations of technical feats of skill on display]
    [Insincere complaint about waiting so long to watch]
    [Unnecessary recommendation for anyone who hasn't seen it to finally do so]

    10/100

  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    I can't stay away. Every few months, I find myself called back to the Nostromo to try and figure out what it is about Alien that makes it so perfectly immersive and enjoyable. I haven't come close to being able to definitively state it yet, since Scott and crew do so many marvelous things here, but for this rewatch I focused on a few things that make Alien stand up so high among not only the rest of its sequels,…