Tony Rittenhouse

Tony Rittenhouse

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My name is Tony and I like movies.

Favorite films

  • The Red Shoes
  • The Swimmer
  • California Split
  • The Master

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  • The Last Duel

  • Dune

    ★★½

  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

  • The Rescue

    ★★★

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★½

    It isn't a case of the emperor having no clothes ~exactly~, but I think my primary issue with the Villeneuve films I'm "meh" on are that he simply cares a great deal about the things I'm less impressed by in cinema, and cares very little for the things I value. Take Dune, a massive film from a sprawling, nerdy and wacky source material. Villeneuve treats the material with upmost respect and severity, banging home tone and broadness with every choice.…

  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    ★★★★½

    Was two-thirds through the novel when John le Carré passed away. The novel is such a complex and satisfying read, and to watch it presented on screen with this level of care and detail is a real treat. Alfredson maintains the uneasy and mournful quality of the novel without compromising the intrigue. He also rightfully knows that the point of the novel isn't actually discovering the identity of the mole. So the casting choice that others have said makes it…

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  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  • The Rescue

    The Rescue

    ★★★

    An incredible, memorable real-life story. Vasarhelyi and Chin tell this gripping tale in clear, linear fashion with the aid of 3D rendered maps and some recreations using those involved. As a beat-by-beat account of what happened on the ground during the rescue of the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue, it is invaluable. It's a thrilling, maddening re-telling of a story you already know the outcome of, and in this way the filmmakers are very successful in their ambition to entertain…

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★½

    It's fine.

    That might sound dismissive, and with all the hype and positivity around this movie it might seem like a purposefully deflating sentiment. But that was truly my initial reaction to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As a movie, it's fine.

    Maybe that's all devoted Star Wars fans needed to be satisfied. Just don't fuck this one up, fans were thinking. They didn't. They actually did a lot of things extremely well, like create really rewarding and charismatic characters.…

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★½

    Still wrestling with Annihilation. It's technically pretty wonderful. The visual style, design of "The Shimmer" and strange natural hellscape that is enclosed within it are all wonderfully conceived. This is a horrifying movie just from how it looks and feels so foreign to everything we know about our planet and how it works. This is clearly a central idea Garland had when making Annihilation, among many others.

    The film works best when viewed as a metaphor, much like last year's…