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Christopher has written 113 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • The First Purge

    The First Purge

    ★★★½

    I feel as if this PURGE film does the best job of building out a compelling, believable world around its high concept, even if it still suffers from fairly uninteresting lead characters.

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    ★★★½

    Peak "first-world," "white people" problems (I'll try to find one more opportunity to incorporate air quotes). But Cate Blanchett is as luminous as ever, Linklater is working well with a refreshing lack of pretense, and the absence of punctuation in the film's title means you can say it with almost any inflection and be correct. "Bravo" -some jabroni on Letterboxd named me.

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    ★★★½

    I have an idea for some exercises Voldemort could do to improve his upper body strength. Yes, he's got a great, evil look, but I'm thinking a "Buff Evil" aesthetic might be more his speed.

  • Brittany Runs a Marathon

    Brittany Runs a Marathon

    ★★★½

    BRITTANY has a great heart and hits its comic and inspirational moments with aplomb. While the film's supporting characters often feel uni-dimensional and a few of its thematic ambitions feel undeveloped, these elements matter less for the total effect of the movie. Plus, Jillian Bell's lead performance is impressive, from the superficial elements of the way she looks to the foundational elements of the way she builds Brittany's emotional life, both her biting snark and bleeding sincerity.

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    ★★★½

    I don’t mean to be controversial, and I’m not trying to spoil anything, but f**k Voldemort. Seriously, that guy can go f**k himself.

  • Furious 7

    Furious 7

    ★★★½

    The action scene in the Caucasus Mountains is my favorite in the series thus far. And, c'mon, if you're not crying for CGI Paul Walker at the end of the film, then all this Fastness, this Furiousness, the family, and the brotherhood... Well, it's all been for naught.

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    ★★★½

    Of course. Phoenix tears have healing properties!

  • 2 Fast 2 Furious

    2 Fast 2 Furious

    ★★★½

    Similar to the first film, but with a better supporting cast, better action, and more fully realized world. I especially like how Paul Walker seems equally at home in the first and second installments - Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, and Ludacris frontline a great supporting cast, and the story is once again cliche-ridden, but directed by John Singleton without cynicism, which makes for great, NOS-fuelled blockbuster fun.

  • Dogma

    Dogma

    ★★★½

    I've seen a few Kevin Smith films, but had never seen DOGMA until now. I can see why it's remained in the pop culture consciousness over the last couple decades - it's funny and brimming with different ideas. I wish it had a more cinematic, narrative way to test those ideas (it feels much more like a "tell and don't show" film), but it's got a good, irreverent heart, even as it forces its way through an often unwieldy narrative.

  • Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    ★★★½

    You're up against it if you decide to make a feature about a serial killer. I think it's like the (possibly apocryphal) Truffaut quote that, "There's no such thing as an anti-war film" --- despite everyone's best intentions, the mere act of portraying war (or a serial killer) is an act of glorification. I don't know I totally agree with this argument, I just sense that this when you make a film about Dahmer or Gein or Bundy, you've got…

  • Generation Wealth

    Generation Wealth

    ★★★½

    There's some comfort knowing that the end times have been really kicking since at the least the late 80s. And that some monumental global collapse is terrible -- yes -- but also! It makes people get back in touch with their "roots," like family, friends, and fish. I hope Letterboxd is around in global financial collapse too!

  • Mommy Dead and Dearest

    Mommy Dead and Dearest

    ★★★½

    Rewatch for context for THE ACT.