Favorite films

  • Casablanca
  • Star Wars
  • Fargo
  • Three Colours: Red

Recent activity

  • Limite

  • The Dutch in Latin America

  • Wild Tales

  • Prisoners of the Land

Recent reviews

  • Dune



    It’d be an understatement to say that there’s a lot riding on Denis Villeneuve’s Dune. Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel is the best-selling science fiction novel of all time, with a massive fanbase and eighteen sequel/prequel novels. Previous adaptations have been troubled. Jodorowsky’s 1970s attempt fell apart before cameras could start rolling, and David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation was a critical and commercial failure (not to mention a film Lynch would come to disown). On top of all that, studios are desperately…

  • Deerskin



    If you’re coming across Deerskin (Le Daim), it’s likely that you’re familiar with the work of Quentin Dupieux, and that you know what kind of absurd, potentially horrific comedy to expect. If you know nothing about the his previous work, you’re in for a bizarre ride. That being said, this isn’t the kind of raucous midnight movie absurdity of Rubber’s murderous tire, nor the reality-bending surrealism of 2012’s Wrong. Deerskin finds itself in a more realist milieu, which makes its weirdness that much… weirder.

    ~ Read full review at Battleship Pretension!

Popular reviews

  • Captain Fantastic

    Captain Fantastic


    I’m sure that you, like me, are immediately wondering if Matt Ross’ Captain Fantastic has anything to do with Elton John’s classic album, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. The answer, sadly, is no. No dulcet piano ballads, no catchy riffs, no heartfelt autobiographical choruses. However, if you hate Elton John and love self-righteous polemics on mainstream American society dressed up as family drama, then you’re going to love this one.

    ~ Read full review at Battleship Pretension!

  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs


    I really don’t want to be such a Wes Anderson apologist. I feel like it undermines my credibility as a critical filmgoer to like his movies as much as I do. Especially since he has, especially over the last ten years, become a major draw to so many casual film lovers. Wouldn’t it be better for my cinephile cred to dismiss him as derivative of the nouvelle vague and shift topic to Roman Coppola’s CQ? Trouble is, Anderson’s films connect…