Riley Shingler

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Favorite films

  • Live and Let Die
  • Paper Moon
  • Mean Streets
  • The Last Detail

Recent activity

  • Under the Silver Lake


  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

  • Good Boys

  • Godzilla Minus One


Pinned reviews

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


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

    It's become common in contemporary film criticism, when defending a film that has received a generally poor critical reaction, to speculate that the film in question might someday become a cult classic. Any superhero film is marketed to an already existing cult, just like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was. The only problem is that the legions of Superhero fans who helped this film make nearly 1 Billion dollars at the box office have no idea what the fuck

  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups


    “Remember the story I used to tell you when you were a boy, about a young prince, sent by his father, the king of the east, to find a pearl?”

    My first viewing of KNIGHT OF CUPS was a frustrating one. I didn’t connect with Christian Bale’s performance and I remember leaving the theater with a headache. In the five years since I never allowed myself to revisit this film, and as I did so this week I fully regretted…

Recent reviews

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake


    It’s like one of those unknown, undiscovered combinations.

  • The Killer

    The Killer


    You’re not really here for the hunting, are you?

Popular reviews

  • Match Point

    Match Point


    There’s a school of thought which calls MATCH POINT the best film Woody Allen has ever made. For the first time in his career, the auteur dispensed with any sense of comedy to tell the story of an ex-tennis player who falls into the favor of an aristocratic British family. The film marks Allen’s first collaboration with Scarlett Johansson only two years after her breakout role in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation.

    Allen uses Match Point to confront a number…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice


    Larry "Doc" Sportello, Private Eye, is the latest in the lineage of leading men in films directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. On the surface, there isn't much to tie Doc to Barry Egan, Eddie Adams, Daniel Plainview or even Freddie Quell, who is also played by the enigmatic Joaquin Phoenix, and the same rule applies to the sprawling, beautiful world's that these lost and alienated characters inhabit. When describing the plot of Inherent Vice to someone who is only familiar…