Matthew Christman

Not Russian. Lithuanian by birth, raised by his paternal grandfather, a fisherman.

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  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★★

  • Undergods

    ★★★

  • Silence

    ★★★★

  • Red Notice

    ★★

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  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    If you showed this movie to the young me, the one who LOVED Ghostbusters, who laughed and shivered at every twist and turn ("Magic" by Mick Smiley still creeps me out), who deeply identified with each of the Jungian archetypes of the 'Busters themselves, he would assume that his future would be a parched and barren landscape. It's called "Afterlife" because we've been all been dead for years.

  • Undergods

    Undergods

    ★★★

    The concept of a post-apocalyptic hellscape and our mundane post-modernity resting side by side connected by a permeable membrane is extremely potent. Too bad they didn't really do anything with it.

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  • The Suicide Squad

    The Suicide Squad

    ★★★★½

    Two Matt Christmans watched this movie. There was 2021 me, sitting stone-faced in the dark, and the me in a world where The Suicide Squad came out a decade ago. I could see myself, cheek to jowl in a packed opening-night theater, giant, buttery popcorn and trough of Coke at the ready, laughing at every joke, marveling at every clever misdirection and subversion of superhero tropes, exulting that the ultraviolence that's so outrageously over-the-top I don't even really notice the…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★

    Guys being dudes.