I like my films like I like my people: wordy, nerdy, arty, and hardy.

Favorite films

  • Dekalog
  • Fanny and Alexander
  • Rashomon
  • Children of Paradise

Recent activity

  • Promare

  • Men

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

  • Fantastic Planet

Recent reviews

  • Cyst



    Almost so bad it’s good. Then it veers into what it should and could have been all along - genuinely entertaining.

  • The Nest

    The Nest


    couldn't stop watching, but never felt it built to anything more than an atmospheric angst. lives of not-so-quiet desperation are a propos to my childhood, too, but i wanted more.

Popular reviews

  • Creature from the Black Lagoon

    Creature from the Black Lagoon


    I’ve many times wished I had kept the original poster for this movie that hung in my room as a child. I loved this movie then, but when Shape of Water came out, I couldn’t understand quotes from del Toro about the eroticism that pervades this film. Scenes like Kay swimming in unwitting parallel with the Creature seem so risqué, even perverse to me now for the era. Jack Arnold wrote for theme, not just sex. Look at the pan…

  • The Cleaners

    The Cleaners


    A timely and important documentary about the disturbing place Facebook occupies in our world. The Cleaners looks at Facebook through the lens of the secret content moderators the company outsources to in the Philippines, who each process 25,000 images per day. The film discusses the artistic, psychological, and political ramifications of their jobs and the strange policies that govern them. The filmmakers do an excellent job of distilling a complex topic into a comprehensible piece that any and every Facebook user should see.