Jordan Raup

Editor-in-Chief of The Film Stage.

Favorites = last four new-to-me 4.5+ films watched.

Favorite films

  • Late August, Early September
  • The Clock
  • Death by Hanging
  • Rouge

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  • Funny Pages

    ★★★½

  • Speaking Parts

    ★★★½

  • Family Viewing

    ★★★

  • Corsage

    ★★★½

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  • My Donkey, My Lover & I

    My Donkey, My Lover & I

    ★★★

    Taking a more natural interpretation of D. W. Griffith’s phrase by way of Jean-Luc Godard—”All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun”—Caroline Vignal’s disarmingly endearing comedy My Donkey, My Lover & I swaps a weapon for an animal and adds just the right amount of farce without losing sight of an emotional throughline. Hailing from the only country one would expect to deliver a high-concept rom-com where a donkey gets the top title billing, this French adventure may seem like a trifle on paper, yet Vignal and lead Laure Calamy find substantial charm traversing familiar paths.

    Continue reading my review.

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★½

    Jennifer Connelly on that sailboat though.

    The biggest jump in quality in a sequel… ever?

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  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★

    Only Steven Spielberg could make a shot of someone standing in a puddle one of the most beautiful images of the year.

  • Bright

    Bright

    "I'm going to be honest with you. I don't fuck with no fairies."
    "Fairy lives don't matter today!"
    "Dude, you can't go through elf town!"

    Will Smith says all of these lines with an earnest conviction in Bright, then there's still 1 hour and 45 minutes left.