Rob Samuelson

I used to pick up garbage for a living. Now I try not to write it.

Favorite films

  • Boogie Nights
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Sherlock, Jr.
  • The Wizard of Oz

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  • George Carlin's American Dream

  • The Batman

  • The Prince of Egypt

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    ★★★

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  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    ★★★½

    Presentation is kinda funky, but the show itself remains excellent.

  • Kareem: Minority of One

    Kareem: Minority of One

    ★★★½

    The Last Dance ended weeks ago. My rekindled interest in great basketball players apparently has not.

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  • The Last Farm

    The Last Farm

    ★★★★½

    A meditation on devotion and generational disconnect in the mode of Ozu. It treats death with dignity, tenderness, and ultimately a resigned acceptance.

  • Rodney King

    Rodney King

    ★★★★½

    "Fuck Rodney King," Roger Guenver Smith says in the opening moments of his spoken-word-poetry-essay-performance-art-one-man concert film directed by Spike Lee about the night of the Los Angeles man's police beating that spawned riots. 

    It's a horrifying and provocative start that is a red herring. I can't say it is "thankfully" a red herring because Smith's words are an indictment of our culture and its obsession with fame, the impossible and conflicting standards its people inflict on its public figures (especially…