Nathan

Technically a person who exists. Not promising more than that.

Favorite films

  • The Color of Pomegranates
  • Men in Black
  • Raise the Red Lantern
  • Gold Diggers of 1933

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  • Pistol

    ★★★½

  • Navalny

    ★★★

  • Conan the Barbarian

    ★★★

  • M3GAN

    ★★★

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  • Pistol

    Pistol

    ★★★½

    A pulpy YA novelization of the Sex Pistols story. Everyone is beautiful and half of the series is mostly ahistorical Steve Jones/Chrissie Hynde slash fiction. Danny Boyle and company adopt a half-assed cut-up aesthetic that feels appropriate enough but often seems like an excuse to be lazy (sods) about tonal consistency. The acting's a mixed bag too, though Louis Partridge and Thomas Brodie-Sangster are fantastic as Sid and Malcolm respectively and Anson Boon is a compelling presence even though he…

  • Navalny

    Navalny

    ★★★

    A gripping espionage thriller/feature length political ad. Alexei Navalny comes across as charismatic and likable, abetted by a camera that loves watching him goof off with his family and feed adorable donkeys. The film occasionally gestures self-consciously toward its performative nature and does briefly poke at Navalny's far-right associations just enough to say that it did, but largely this is a puff piece. Propaganda, even when I'm sympathetic to its cause, tends not to produce the most satisfying viewing experience. The investigative stuff's compelling, though, and the one scene that everyone who talks about this film talks about is indeed jaw-dropping. And yeah, fuck Putin.

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  • My Octopus Teacher

    My Octopus Teacher

    ★★

    A mysteriously wealthy documentary filmmaker has something of an emotional breakdown, realizes he's working too hard and neglecting his family, and so he quits, immediately takes up an intense and obsessive daily diving regimen, begins an emotional affair with an octopus, and has someone else film a documentary about him. I'm sure that's really helping you connect with your kid, dude.

    Has a lot of really beautiful and fascinating octopus footage but also a lot of really overbearingly portentous voiceover…

  • Maid in Manhattan

    Maid in Manhattan

    ★½

    Near the beginning of this film, J. Lo's son gives a speech in which he argues that Nixon was a much more ethically nuanced figure than is generally acknowledged, and at the end he delivers an impassioned plea to the press in favor of forgiving liars for their trespasses all so his mom can keep banging a Republican politician. Makes you think.