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Matt has written 101 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop

    Exit Through the Gift Shop

    ★★★★½

    Highly entertaining and drolly funny upon its initial release, this documentary now feels even more prescient in its depiction of a world that was only coming into being at the time, in which everyone became the star of their own social media show. As a street artist, Thierry Guetta might be a genial hack; as a member of the make-yourself-a-celebrity-through-endless-self-documentation-and-obsession, he was absolutely on the cutting edge.

    The question of whether Mr Brainwash was real or an elaborate hoax engineered…

  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★½

    The story of a man who claims he can erase the trauma suffered in past lives, who cannot even help his most fervent follower deal with the trauma he has experienced in this life. And also a love story, after a fashion.

  • Holy Motors

    Holy Motors

    ★★★★½

    I quit my job, left my family, sold my possessions, and moved to France to become a motion capture artist based on this movie and I am here to tell you real mo-cap is not like this at all.

    Oh well. You win some you lose some. Maybe I’ll try to become an accordion player next.

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    ★★★★½

    “Sofia, don’t.”
    “He shot my dog.”
    “I get it.”

    I want Sofia’s dogs, and Cliff Booth’s dog to form a Doggie Avengers team. The Dogvengers, basically. The dog from The Art of Racing in the Rain can be like the Nick Fury.

    Sorry; Nick Furry.

  • Sing Street

    Sing Street

    ★★★★½

    I was super sick today and I didn’t have chicken soup so I watched this instead. I’m pretty sure there’s never been a more perfect scene than the “Drive It Like You Stole It” music video fantasy sequence.

  • The Social Network

    The Social Network

    ★★★★½

    The key to this whole thing is the casting of Justin Timberlake, actual rock star, as Sean Parker. He looks enough like Jesse Eisenberg (right down to the curly hair) that they could be brothers — if one hit the DNA jackpot and the other rolled a snake eyes. That’s who Mark wants to be. And he’s so close

    Also, I’ve decided that Armie Hammer should only play twins from now on. Like, an Armie Hammer buddy comedy where he plays both buddies. Or a reverse Vertigo where he’s the Kim Novak character. Search your feelings; you know I’m right.

  • Spaceballs

    Spaceballs

    ★★★★½

    Some days are so long and frustrating, you just gotta say screw it and watch Spaceballs.

  • The Terminator

    The Terminator

    ★★★★½

    I have seen this movie countless times, and I love it more than I love some members of my family, but if I live to see Judgment Day I will never understand how an explosion gives the Terminator a haircut.

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    ★★★★½

    Seeing this in the summer of 1991 is one of the most important moviegoing experiences of my life. For one thing, it was my first R-rated movie. (I was 10 at the time, and the last of my friends to go see an R-rated movie — and I was so pissed off at my parents about that and now that I’m a parent I can’t believe my dad let me see this when I was 10 years old what the…

  • Easy Rider

    Easy Rider

    ★★★★½

    “This used to be a helluva good country. I can't understand what's gone wrong with it."

    “Man, everybody got chicken, that's what happened. Hey, we can't even get into like, a second-rate hotel, I mean, a second-rate motel, you dig? They think we're gonna cut their throat or somethin'. They're scared, man.”

    “They're not scared of you. They're scared of what you represent to 'em.”

    “Hey, man. All we represent to them, man, is somebody who needs a haircut.”

    “Oh,…

  • Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    There’s a hard cut to black between two scenes in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in ... Hollywood, and for a brief moment the theater got very quiet. Suddenly, the room was filled with something I hadn’t experienced in a very long time: The sound of a film projector. Once so ubiquitous and so comforting, that steady rattle of celluloid shuttling through metal was so foreign in that moment it took me a couple of seconds to recognize it.…

  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★★½

    Grandmothers are the best people on Earth. Science has proven it. But I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a movie that so beautifully captured the wonder of grandmas before. Seriously, if you have a grandma in your life, go give them a hug and thank them for being awesome.