Sam Van Hallgren

Producer, co-founder Filmspotting.

"Favorite Films" my fave of each of the last four years (h/t Tim Hoiland).

Favorite films

  • C'mon C'mon
  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • The Rider

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  • Army of Darkness

    ★★★½

  • The Fallout

    ★★★½

  • Imitation of Life

    ★★★★½

  • Better Nate Than Ever

    ★★½

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  • Army of Darkness

    Army of Darkness

    ★★★½

    Not thirty years late to the movie, just thirty years late to understanding what makes this movie such a good time. Back in high school in the early 90s, this wasn’t anything I wanted from a movie. Bill and Ted by way of Harryhausen and Errol Flynn would have played too slapstick, too diy, too dumb. Now in my 40s, I see something that knows precisely and delightfully what it is. Raimi’s staging, camerawork and comic timing are exquisite. Campbell…

  • The Fallout

    The Fallout

    ★★★½

    Very tricky stuff that writer/director Megan Park mostly navigates with admirable attention to emotional detail, especially when it comes to the inner life of star Jenna Ortega. The depiction of the friendship that comes in the wake of film's inciting tragedy is the film's great achievement. Convincingly dramatizing a new friendship is no easy task, and Park does it with great patience and a light touch. Also impressive was her confidence in bringing comic moments into a film with such…

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