Favorite films

  • Jaws
  • Sweet Smell of Success
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Paris, Texas

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  • The Conversation

    ★★★★★

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

  • Laura

    ★★★★★

  • Unforgiven

    ★★★★★

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  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★★

    After the gargantuan success of “Get Out”, writer-director Jordan Peele followed it up with “Us”. As a sophomore feature, it displayed an even more formally assured style and sensibility, but strained mightily in its attempt to have an even bigger metaphor for the sins of modern American society. With “elevated horror” reaching its latest nadir with Alex Garland’s “Men”, it was with some trepidation I approached Peele’s latest, “Nope”. Were the aliens gonna be a symbolic stand-in for us all…

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    It’s hard to view this movie outside the lens of a feature length allegory for Tom Cruise’s own place in Hollywood. More than any other character he’s ever played(including Ethan Hunt who’ll play at least eight times), Top Gun’s Pete “Maverick” Mitchell has come to define Tom Cruise’s brand of American Exceptionalism. Handsome, confident, virtually unblemished even by his failures; an avatar of slick 80s cool.

    So it’s notable, then, how much older and vulnerable Maverick is now. There are…

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  • Waves

    Waves

    Deeply, deeply bad. Clearly made by a young white guy who is infatuated with black bodies and pop culture but has never for one minute actually been black. That’s the only way to explain a story written entirely in cliches and easy stereotypes, comically piles on black misery, then leaves it halfway to make room for a nice white kid and his daddy issues.

    This is a film in which not one single development arrives organically from its characters. Every…

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★

    A black movie for whites? Ya gotta be fuckin’ kidding me.

    Watch Lover’s Rock instead.