Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Recent reviews

More
  • The Social Dilemma

    The Social Dilemma

    ★★

    I am pretty worried about political polarization and I think the basic argument about misaligned incentives is sound. Some of the proposed solutions are interesting and should enter the national conversation.

    But the evidence of harm is hyperbolic and one-sided. One brief mention of adaptation and past technology panics that is immediately dismissed without a counterargument. Zero confrontation of evidence that belief in propaganda is overstated and negative mental health effects in adolescents are inconsistent and small.

    Ironically designed to persuade rather than first and foremost inform, the pot calling the kettle black.

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★½

    Mulholland dr. but super boring and not in LA

Popular reviews

More
  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★★

    Changed my review to 5 stars after viewing a second time. Liking Murakami is not a prerequisite to loving this movie but definitely enhances it. Below I echo what this article describes in more detail:

    www.polygon.com/2018/11/4/18055958/haruki-murakami-books-movie-adaptations-burning


    I've never read "barn burning" (but definitely plan to now), but Murakami's work has common plots, motifs, and themes that to me feel difficult to adapt to the screen. But this film manages to capture three essential elements of his style. First, the protagonist…

  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers

    Unwatchable. Scenes are no more than mere montages of unconvincing caricatures.