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  • The Cloverfield Paradox

    The Cloverfield Paradox

    There’s a joke about being on a film set (which I heard from a washed up writer, fittingly) that basically is:

    New Person on set being shown around by Experiemced Person. 
    NP: What does she do?
    EP: She’s the DP, she lights and shoots. 
    NP: What does he do?
    EP: He’s the writer, he writes the film and dialog. 
    *Repeat a few more times. 
    NP: Well if he wrote it, and she shoots it,(etc) What does the director do. 
    EP:…

  • Mudbound

    Mudbound

    ★★★½

    A compelling and nuanced work, especially in the way it shows that not all racism is men in KKK hoods (although this movie has that too). Racism can also be a white farner’s entitlement to interrupt his sharecropper’s dinner to tell him he needs his help with something, or his wife’s, without ever considering that this family was living its own life before he came knocking. 

    The cinematography is beautiful, but to me a little too “classic Hollywood” in a…

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  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    Of course this film requires two viewings, but I hadn't realized just how much deeper I would experience the film a second time. The first time through, "The Tree of Life" seemed merely like a beautiful surface of jumbled memories and moments, the long childhood sequence the most (perhaps only) substantial part. The second time through, I see how simple the film's ideas are, and how profoundly, almost magically they are conveyed to the audience. I will speak about God…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★½

    In the coming weeks it will be fascinating to read all the posts and articles about the exceptional stitching on the emperor's new clothes.

    I haven't read the novel, but I've read The Crying of Lot 49 and it feels like Anderson simply transcribed Pynchon's novel onto the screen. A laudable idea, except Anderson fails to translate the written word into cinematic language.

    The exposition is the biggest stumbling block with this tactic. The film is primarily exposition. As in,…