Joe M

I'm not very good at this

4th favorite film is the rotating slot, saved for recent faves

Favorite films

  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco
  • High and Low
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Pain and Glory

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  • The Lighthouse

    ★★★★

  • The Wolf of Snow Hollow

    ★★

  • Quantum of Solace

    ★★

  • Pain and Glory

    ★★★★½

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  • Quantum of Solace

    Quantum of Solace

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "We're having a real tough time making this General Medrano fellow despicable. I mean, sure, he's a dictator and he kills with reckless abandon, but half of that is ground well-trodden by our protagonist."

    "Hmm, what if we made one of his core character traits based around a penchant for rape?"

    "Now THAT's a proper sub-villain!"

    This was my second dip into the James Bond Cinematic Universe (JBCU, duh) after 2006's ruggedly cool Casino Royale and to be honest, my…

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    ★★★★

    After coming off of Chapter 2 pretty lukewarm on the series, and not exactly excited for what I figured was the conclusion in Parabellum, I am blown away that my feelings have done a complete 180 and I'm eagerly anticipating the fourth entry.

    Sure, some of the fights feel a little bloated, and the second act reaaaally drags, but the sheer glee expressed through slashing and splintering of bones–especially in the third act–all but nullify any misgivings I have towards…

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  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★½

    For a three year stretch before their divorce when I was 7, my parents would take their income tax disbursement check and take me on trips to Disney or Universal Studios in Orlando. I was a child of rural Floridian poverty, so these trips to Orlando felt absolutely magical, being in a big (in comparison) city and staying overnight in a place that wasn’t my own or my grandparents’. We stayed in hotels similar to the ones featured in The…

  • Good Morning

    Good Morning

    ★★★★★

    Quite simply, Good Morning is an absolute delight of a film. It’s nearly 60 years old and it’s miraculously relevant today, examining generational rifts and the domesticity afforded by comfortable living. Seeing these themes focused through the lens of 1950s Japan breathed a new life in what could have been a overly-familiar tale. It’s helped that the film is stunningly photographed. It’s almost entirely composed of static shots, which results in scenes with tremendous longitudinal depth, with actors navigating from…