RSS feed for Ryan

Favorite films

Recent activity


Recent reviews

  • Dunkirk



    Christopher Nolan's take on the miraculous evacuation from the beaches of France is an ambitious project. Stories about the Second World War have been cinema fodder since the Blitzkrieg began, so it's incredibly difficult to present audiences and critics with a story they haven't seen a hundred times.

    I'm noted among friends as being one of the first people to criticize Christopher Nolan's work - I don't think he deserves the heaping amounts of praise foisted upon him (I'd say…

  • Silence



    Two Jesuit priests travel to Japan during the age of the Tokugawa shogunate when western influences are being violently abolished from the land. I remember a time when this was touted as a big future Oscar winner, but, after, seeing "Silence," I can't imagine it walking away with a single award. Even a nomination seems ambitious at this point.

    If we have to give it a nomination, it should go to Rodrigo Prieto for his gorgeous cinematography. Director Martin Scorsese…

Popular reviews

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin


    A mysterious alien seductress preys on the men of Scotland. Third time seeing this film and it's definitely my favorite of 2014. This film is breathtaking in every regard. It's definitely one of the greatest films of the new millennium if not the greatest not made by Wong, Lynch, or Weerasethakul. This is what the mad glory of cinema is all about.

  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard


    A down-on-his-luck screenwriter becomes the kept man of a deranged silent film star planning her return to the screen as Salome. The greatest film ever made, and I finally got to see it on the big screen tonight. The script is bitter, wickedly funny, and as cynical as a script can get with Joe Gillis being the best of all film noir narrators. William Holden fuels Gillis with self-loathing and caustic, witty charm to make him a crazy sort of…