• 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


    Mulholland dr. but super boring and not in LA

  • Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs

    The most stilted movie I've seen since Cosmopolis.

  • The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show

    The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show


    Even cheesier than her music

  • Pain and Glory

    Pain and Glory


    Similar plot to Broken Embraces. A tender film that celebrates relationships rather than dwelling in the misery of the protagonist.

  • Secrets & Lies

    Secrets & Lies


    The outstanding acting helps this cliche plot soar to new heights.

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra


    Great score and cinematography. Stilted dialogue and pointless narration, though I did love the cynicism. Undercooked relationship subplot. The other subplots were among the better episodes of the movie, though it is not clear to me that they all contributed to a coherent thematic whole.

  • 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:


    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.

  • Oasis



    A key plot point turns on a fairly implausible sequence of events and the lighting is not ideal in every scene, but otherwise Oasis is an impressive film. The acting is top-notch and the no-holds-barred approach to disability and deviance is extremely refreshing compared to the saccharine treatment these topics receive in US movies.