Ryan

Former future professional screenwriter.

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  • Kajillionaire
  • Visitor Q
  • Shortbus
  • The Living End

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  • The Kid Stays in the Picture

    ★★★★

  • Wanda

    ★★★★

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★½

  • The Boxer's Omen

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  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    ★★★★★

    Critics debate what exactly makes Goodbye, Dragon Inn such a compelling movie. On the surface, you'd think this movie was a parody of the sorts of sub-Bela Tarr art films that treat long shots of big stars walking down corridors as inherently meaningful. Y'know, like Ad Astra.

    Some things come to mind, though they feel inadequate. Every scene has some sort of struggle, even if it's as benign as watching a woman with a limp climb up a flight of…

  • Irma Vep

    Irma Vep

    ★★★★★

    I don't like that this movie is making me root against Jean-Claude Van Damme.

    Irma Vep is a slice of life movie about a bunch of people making a film that folks mostly seem to agree is intensely riveting despite the fact that there isn't a lot of agreement on why. This is a movie that's mostly people dealing with the random problems that arise from a poorly managed production. It should be boring and self-indulgent, and while an argument…

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  • The Kid Stays in the Picture

    The Kid Stays in the Picture

    ★★★★

    A genuine "dudes rock" picture.

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★½

    Even without the immediate spectacle of watching groundbreaking, never-before-seen VFX work, Rise of the Planet of the Apes still has its charms. There's an economy to the screenplay that I find admirable; this film is a tight 100 minutes even with the extended intro, and the monkey prison-escape second act is an inspired choice for structuring a film where everyone is just waiting for the ending. Being a blockbuster film that takes over an hour to get to the big…

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  • Everybody's Talking About Jamie

    Everybody's Talking About Jamie

    ★★★

    It's a breathtaking moment. An elderly drag queen pulls out a videotape and slots it into the VHS player. Gradually, we watch as the footage on the TV overtakes the screen, sending us into the past. There we find the queen in her earlier years, not as the staid and cynical Hugo Barttleby, but as Loco Chanelle, the warrior queen in the bloodred dress, vanguard of the movement against spoilsports in custodian helmets who threaten to ruin their good time.…

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    ★★★

    Boy did they try to make that "Be Careful What you Wish For" theme mesh with the "Truth vs Lies" theme and it just...didn't

    Pedro Pascal as Sesame Street Patrick Bateman can get it tho.