J.S. Lewis

J.S. Lewis

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I watch a film every day and sometimes I write about them. I also make video essays, ranked lists and more on YouTube: cineflect.com

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  • Dick Johnson Is Dead

    Dick Johnson Is Dead

    ★★★★★

    ► VIDEO: Why Dick Johnson Is Dead Just Became My Film of the Year

    How do we approach the sunset of a loved one’s life? Do we treat it like a taboo topic, not wishing to discuss it until we’re on death’s doorstep or do we approach it head-on, with our eyes wide to the inevitability of it all? Filmmaker Kirsten Johnson doesn’t wait idly by for death to come knocking at her father’s door. No, she flings the door…

  • The Social Dilemma

    The Social Dilemma

    ★★★

    I honestly believe this is a documentary that everybody should watch. Usually, that kind of statement is reserved for something truly great, which The Social Dilemma is not, but it does a respectable job highlighting an issue that greatly affects us all.

    Documentarian Jeff Orlowski wastes no time rolling out the silicon carpet for the impressive slate of interviewees, former higher-ups from all the usual suspects: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Letterboxd (just kidding). One by one, they sound off on how…

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  • Megan Is Missing

    Megan Is Missing

    ► VIDEO: I Watched Megan Is Missing So You Don’t Have To

    Before the week of November 16th, 2020, I had never heard of Megan Is Missing… and part of me wishes I never had. The other part of me made the above video, which will hopefully tell you everything you need to know about this movie so that you don’t have to see it for yourself (though if you’re anything like me you probably will anyway if you haven't…

  • The Slumber Party Massacre

    The Slumber Party Massacre

    ★★★½

    On the surface this is a sleazy slasher inspired by and poking fun at the likes of Black Christmas and Halloween. What sets it apart is being written and directed by women, lending the film an amusing feminist streak while still beholden to the primal pleasures of financier Roger Corman. The result is some of the most, ahem, well-rounded gals in a slasher of this era. While the plentiful kills are less gory than you’d think, The Slumber Party Massacre

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  • Hands of Bresson

    Hands of Bresson

    ★★★★

    Young hands. Old hands. Clean hands. Dirty hands. Free hands. Imprisoned hands. Steady hands. Shaky hands. The hands of an alcoholic. The hands of a pickpocket. Black and white hands. Hands in color.

    You can learn a lot about a filmmaker's body of work by focusing on one part of the body. Video essayist Kogonada artfully isolates the hands at work in the films of French auteur Robert Bresson. The director is known for lingering shots on hands, perhaps something…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★

    This sequel trilogy could be summarized with an analogy of a teenager whose parents go away for the weekend:

    THE FORCE AWAKENS sees the teen playing things incredibly safe and following all the rules their parents set for them. It’s a sweet gesture, but it kind of makes you wish the kid had some personality of their own.

    THE LAST JEDI on the other hand is a conscious bending and breaking of those rules. It’s a raucous house party with…