Favorite films

  • Yi Yi
  • Metropolis
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Peeping Tom

Recent activity

All
  • Geographies of Solitude

  • Beach Volleyball Detectives Part 2

  • Popeye

    ★★★★★

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    ★★★★★

Pinned reviews

More
  • Red Beard

    Red Beard

    ★★★★★

    One of those movies that really feels like you’re watching one of the great novels, I was surprised to find the author of the source material is also behind that of Sanjuro, as there’s a similar thematic element at play here in regards to violence; “the best sword is kept in its sheath,” and a doctor shouldn’t injure others, even for a just cause (there’s gotta be a beautiful joke here with the Hippocratic oath and Red Beard’s guilt at…

  • Collateral

    Collateral

    ★★★★★

    https://youtu.be/IM0oUb689Y4?t=15m46s

    As with Magnolia, Cruise’s signature charm is perfectly weaponized to craft a character that is as absorbing as he is terrifying, a man whose professionalism and performed identity crack as you realize how hollow he is inside.
    Jamie Foxx and Jada Pinkett Smith’s opening scene is one of the most delightful and romantic scenes between two characters, the writing is top notch throughout (“…take comfort knowing you never had a choice”). A gorgeously directed thriller, intense the whole way through with a packed, chaotic club scene with perfect visual clarity. Michael Mann is the shit.

Recent reviews

More
  • Beach Volleyball Detectives Part 2

    Beach Volleyball Detectives Part 2

    Somehow worst than the first one even though it’s basically the same thing, this has a 7 minute recap and then reuses a bunch of shots, some of which were in the recap!

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    ★★★★★

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

    “My son was one of a kind. You are the first of a kind.”
    Spielberg does what he does best and takes us on a fairy tale adventure, only to repeatedly iterate that it is an exercise in futility in an uncaring world. David survives because he truly is exceptional, just not in the way he wants to be. Some of the other robots in that flesh fair are relics of a bygone era’s vision of the future. One of…

Popular reviews

More
  • Pretend That You Love Me

    Pretend That You Love Me

    Oh my god eat shit Charlie Kaufman

  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ½

    The movie equivalent of John Green’s “THIS MACHINE KILLS FASCISTS” laptop sticker

    Deeply embarrassing to watch from start to finish, somehow even more of a Twitter thread of a movie than Scream 5. You’d think this was Johnson’s first movie with how much the dialogue feels like something out of a school play. Knives Out wasn’t this bad, right? The structure of cutting back to see the events leading up to the present from a different perspective can work really well (The…