RSS feed for Todd Gaines

Favorite films

Recent activity


Recent reviews

  • Straw Dogs

    Straw Dogs


    Sam Peckinpah was a one-of-a-kind director, and it shows in the gritty as grit, Straw Dogs. A movie not for the faint of heart, or cat lovers. 

    Straw Dogs has a very interesting combination. Sam Peckinpah travels to England to direct his first non-Western. Dustin Hoffman plays the protagonist, but for most of the movie, he's a non-macho sissy kitty with an extremely dysfunctional marriage to Susan George. Their marriage is as rocky as Rocky Balboa, and they argue over…

  • Nashville



    Almost impossible to completely digest in one viewing, Robert Altman's Nashville is one of the most creative movies I've ever seen. And, one that's still very relevant in today's world.

    My favorite aspect of Nashville is the hooky county music written and performed by the actors. You don't see many movies where actors actually write and sing their own tunes. Some of the songs were composed before the movie, but they all go along with the narrative. One of the…

Popular reviews

  • Whiplash



    Damien Chezelle's tale of a boy, his drums, and a teacher that speaks ever so loudly, and carries the biggest stick of badass this side of the Academy Awards, in one of the most heart pounding cardiac arrest breathtaking intense movies I've ever seen. The opening beat. The opening shot. The first time J.K. Simmons speaks. Groovy funky jazzy music makes all movies better. RIFIFI is the shit. Carter Burke? I knew Miles Teller was going to be special after…

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming


    A John Hughes-esque coming-of-age movie, disguised as a friendly neighborhood adventure from the MCU; Spider-Man: Homecoming is more about growing up, and less about saving the world. 

    With no loyalties to the Peter Parker role, I'm cool with Tom Holland. His Spidey is different, and in a way, refreshing. I like how the origin story is skipped, and instead, we dive head into the day-to-day adventures of a semi-awkward, fifteen-year-old. I'm more interested in the growth of Peter Parker, than…