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  • Happer's Comet

    ★★★★

  • Mercury in Retrograde

  • Documenteur

  • Parasite

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  • Happer's Comet

    Happer's Comet

    ★★★★

    Happer's Comet is my latest movie, a featurette that I sometimes think of as a long short film. It was made during the Covid-19 lockdown period in 2020 when things were a bit scary. I went back to my hometown on Long Island and lived there with my parents and siblings for the first time since we were kids. I lived there for several months with the intent of making this movie. The only images I had in mind then…

  • Model Shop

    Model Shop

    Absolutely love this film. Perfect double with Inherent Vice at the New Beverly which I guess is because of Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood. I heard that Harrison Ford was supposed to play the lead but “wasn’t famous enough.” Can you imagine how much better this film would be without Gary Lockwood? I shouldn’t be so ungrateful though for some of the most lovely wandering hangout melancholy I’ve seen on the big screen. It really captures a lovely, rare spirit. Also taken by how benevolent all of the people George runs into seem. It brings an air of complete vulnerability and innocence to the decaying mileu.

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  • Ham on Rye

    Ham on Rye

    I just watched Ham on Rye. My first time in several months. I haven’t seen it all the way through since our film festival run really started to take off. This may very well be my last time giving it a look. I have to review this cut for its final delivery to our distributor, Factory 25. I thought that this could be a good time to write about my experiences in making the film and some lingering sentiments. I…

  • Roma

    Roma

    Can you imagine if every Harry Potter out there had something like Roma to follow? This year I thought while watching First Man, "well, it's kinda nice to see a movie with such a big budget that's not a superhero or franchise flick?" I think I had the opposite take on this.

    A clever shot opens up Roma and some surprising elegance in the first hour that follows until things get a little questionable. The main question being-- what is…