RSS feed for Todd Gaines

Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Pinned reviews

More
  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

    Parasite 
    Noun
    A person who relies on or exploits others and gives nothing in return.

    So, who is the real parasite? The Kim Family? Who pretty much go all Shameless at the beginning, by chronic manipulation. Or, the Park Family? The wealthy family, without a hint of empathy, and total unawareness of anything or anyone, not in their same social class bubble? Yes, they pay the Kims, but they also exploit the hell out of them.

    It probably is a…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    Sometimes we romanticize the wrong people. Killers, thieves, bandits etc etc. QT, never known for passing History class, does something so right, I can’t stop smiling. Instead of painting some sympathetic picture of the Manson Family, he picks Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate as his rightful muse. The passion in her presence is contagious. She doesn’t have a lot of lines, but this is her movie. Without her character, none of this would be possible.

    Brad and Leo are real movie…

Recent reviews

More
  • Revenge

    Revenge

    ★★★½

    The production values on Revenge are high. The film is very well made. Coralie Fargeat has a natural filmmaking eye. I wonder what she could do with a big studio budget? Definitely, she’s a director to keep an eye on.

    Revenge looks great. Revenge sounds excellent. Revenge is a very solid entry in the revenge genre of films. You have a hero you can cheer for and bad guys you absolutely hate. We do have some exaggerations regarding falling from long…

  • Bliss

    Bliss

    ★★★

    God Bless, Joe Begos! As long as he’s directing movies, we will get the opportunity to see more of Norm from Cheers. 

    Bliss is on some hardcore drugs. Like, higher than high hog heaven heroin. The first act is calm as a cool breeze, but then the shit hits the fan. I’m a fan of Dora Madison from her work on Everybody Wants Some!!. She goes the distance in Bliss. She gives her heart, soul and spirit into her role. She’s…

Popular reviews

More
  • Whiplash

    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…

  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★★★

    Hell or High Water might be the most adult film I've seen this decade. No gimmicks. No juvenile tendencies. No bull. No cheap shots. It's a Deep Fried Wild West Western Texas Noir, filmed in New Mexico, but it's Texas to the bone. 

    Jeff Bridges is the cop. Chris Pine is the robber. However, they're both duel-protagonists. The outlaw in me wanted Mr Pine to win the duel. While my conscience cheered on Mr Bridges. Both, have polar opposite partners.…