RSS feed for Jon

Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Pinned reviews

More
  • The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal

    ★★★★½

    The varying perspectives that discuss and demonstrate the film's themes allow it to resonate as strongly for me now (sagging under the weight of an increasingly nihilistic outlook in my 30s) as it might have ten or twelve years earlier (daring God to show himself as I painfully shed a religious upbringing).

    The knight as young me: "I want knowledge, not faith, not suppositions, but knowledge! I want God to stretch out His hand towards me, reveal Himself and speak…

Recent reviews

More
  • Showgirls

    Showgirls

    ★½

    Just Zack's face while he's trying to hold onto Nomi while she does that sexy-dying-trout thing, which I can't believe she does in multiple scenes.

  • Sleepless in Seattle

    Sleepless in Seattle

    ★★

    - Spent the whole movie expecting Bill Pullman to die because he accidentally ate a strawberry or discovered he was, in fact, allergic to salmon. 

    - Meg Ryan was proto-Emma Stone. 

    - Not enough Seattle. 

    - They should have been more scared of Annie than they were.

Popular reviews

More
  • Dear Ex

    Dear Ex

    ★★★½

    A while back I read an article that had perhaps the most impactful quote I've ever encountered: "If a person’s behavior doesn’t make sense to you, it is because you are missing a part of their context. It's that simple."

    This film plays so perfectly with this idea. It presents characters that are unreliable and unrelatable, then slowly unveils the context and builds their humanity one memory at a time. Context blurs the lines between villains and victims, hate and…

  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★★½

    Writer-director Lulu Wang said in her Q&A that when she first set out to write this script the idea was to take a crazy real-life story and make it even crazier for film. When it wasn't working, she set it aside and developed the story for radio with This American Life, a process that taught her it shouldn't be about making it crazier, but about finding what's "real" in the crazy. She ultimately succeeded as I found so much to hold onto…