Larry Wright

Larry Wright

My star ratings indicate personal enjoyment of the viewing experience, not a universal rating of artistic quality.

Favorite films

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Children of Men
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★½

  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    ★★★

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    ★★★★

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    ★★★★

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  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★½

    This is less a film than an execution of a template, one you’ve seen a hundred times by now. Constant winking, meticulous callback worship, world-ending stakes in natural lighting, heavy CGI complete with a posthumous abomination. It’s all so empty & worthless. Every single callback in these things is setup with a little pause and a camera push-in, maybe a wry smile or musical cue. It’s genuinely embarrassing. And there’s something especially pathetic and disheartening about the extreme reverence for an original creation in some soulless corporate retread. Mandatory half a star extra for Paul Rudd.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    ★★★★

    This film has the impossible task of bringing stakes & stories of both intimate and epic proportions to a satisfying conclusion, while also maintaining interest and excitement for the longest running time yet, and somehow still exceeds all expectations.

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★½

    This is not a modern 2001, nor is it trying to be. Anyone arguing that is reaching for a reason to be cynical. I think of it as a love letter to the power and influence of 2001, told by the guy who made Memento, The Prestige, and Inception. It is ambitious and beautiful, a melody of science and emotion. Some moments genuinely left me in awe. Zimmer's score is masterful & moving. Hoytema's work is rich & captivating. Nolan, for better…

  • Turbo Kid

    Turbo Kid

    ★★★★

    Insanely fun, delightfully gory, and with a killer soundtrack, this homage to the 80s and its particular brand of post-apocalyptic adventure films knows exactly what it is doing as it somehow manages to keep a straight face while almost constantly winking. Is it perfect? No. Is it cheesy? Yes. Is the gore ridiculously over-the-top? Of course. Did it win over every single person at the late night screening? Absolutely.