Favorite films

  • There Will Be Blood
  • Chinatown
  • Local Hero
  • American Movie

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  • Finch

    ★★★

  • Jungle Cruise

    ★★½

  • Passing

    ★★★★

  • The Banishing

    ★★½

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  • Running Scared

    Running Scared

    ★★★★

    This is one of those movies I watched over and over as a kid, back when we had a small library of video tapes and that was it. I re-watch it every year or so and continue to enjoy it just as much as I did then.

    On the face of it it's a typical 80s buddy cop movie, but the thing really makes it great is that everything is driven by character. These two guys have been on the…

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  • Shadow in the Cloud

    Shadow in the Cloud

    ★★½

    I really enjoyed the first act of the film with Moretz trapped in the ball turret--claustrophobic and fascinating to watch. After that it devolved into over-the-top action thriller which was fine, I guess.

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★½

    Caveat: I have superhero movie fatigue.

    Snyder is certainly the master of the superhero setpiece--bringing comic book moments to life like no one else. The CG sesame seed is the kind of of fun stylistic choice a comic book artist would make. Above all else he values this kind of digital artistry as he chases creating the ultimate iconic supehero moments. There's no question he's great at it. But the problem is his films tend to just be a string…

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  • Rock of Ages

    Rock of Ages

    I've never felt so pandered to in my life. Not so much a bad film, as a deeply offensive film. I guess this is what it feels like to get old and get reamed from behind with your own nostalgia. No amount of self-awareness could have helped this film. And now the songs are in my head with even shittier people singing them. Please make it stop.

    Meanwhile, my wife loved it.

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained

    ★★

    Self-indulgent, overlong, and filled with lackluster setpieces. At this point Tarantino has become almost Lucas-like in his inability to find creative restrictions to temper the flights of fancy that litter this basic "save the princess" narrative. The film ends with what seems to be becoming a new staple of Tarantino's: the revenge fantasy. In fact the film's flimsy narrative seems constructed to support an inevitable and predictable revenge setpiece.

    On the plus side the actors are wonderful and there are…