Timothy Lawrence

Timothy Lawrence

Writer of essays and fiction. Lover of goodness, truth, and especially beauty. Managing editor of FilmFisher.com.

Favorite films

  • Déjà Vu
  • Minority Report
  • Strange Days
  • Vertigo

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  • The Long Goodbye

    ★★★★

  • Déjà Vu

    ★★★★

  • Quantum of Solace

    ★★★★

  • Strange Days

    ★★★★½

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  • Déjà Vu

    Déjà Vu

    ★★★★

    Don't worry, baby
    Everything will turn out all right...

    Only so satisfying as a work of science fiction, or even as a procedural thriller, but as a movie about movies? Unbelievably romantic.

    In the end, this is a post-9/11 fairy tale (hence, "Snow White"); imagine if the tragedy-averting, peeking-beyond-the-veil ending of Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood was the result of actual, literal plot machinations. Comparisons to Vertigo make sense, but – and this is a huge but – Tony…

  • Strange Days

    Strange Days

    ★★★★½

    A Philip K. Dick-inflected sci-fi noir whodunit in the vein of Minority Report, pumped up with the relentless desperation of Uncut Gems and parlayed into a queasy investigation of cinema-as-voyeurism that would make Hitchcock* and De Palma proud – with a dash of Videodrome thrown in for good measure. "For good measure" in this case means a scene so stomach-churning it threatens to swallow the rest of the film whole; that Bigelow manages to pull it back from the edge…

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  • Olaf's Frozen Adventure

    Olaf's Frozen Adventure

    MISTER MOVIEGOER.

    YOU COULD HAVE ARRIVED AT THE "COCO" SCREENING 45 MINUTES LATE.

    I GAVE YOU ALL THE CLUES

  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    ★★★★½

    Ten things Attack of the Clones doesn't get enough credit for:

    1) That incredible, ominous opening.
    2) Color-coded speeder chase, which is more inventive than anything post-Lucas Star Wars has produced.
    3) One of John Williams' greatest musical themes, "Across the Stars," which single-handedly carries the Anakin/Padmé romance through any rough patches, acting/scripting-wise.
    4) Obi-Wan's confrontations (verbal and physical) with Jango Fett, who is way cooler than Boba.
    5) Condensed retelling of The Searchers in act two, brilliantly repurposed as…