Lynch takes clichés—shot-reverse-shots, cinematography, and especially dialogue—and turns them inside out, recontextualizing them alongside one another and creating a surrealist comedy homage. Each and every line is so totally familiar, having heard them time and again in all manner of movies, but Lynch injects them with new life and meaning in this not-merely-absurdist throwback. It leaves one with the lingering question, what exactly did Jack do?

  • The Milky Way

    The Milky Way

    An excellent short. Inventive, fantastical, imaginative...real fairy-tale stuff.

  • Love Actually

    Love Actually

    I'll continue to log this every year until I'm dead or Lboxd is, don't @ me

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    "My name is Steven Spielberg, and this is the face of Jewish vengeance."

  • The Magnificent Ambersons
  • Picasso Trigger
  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    My warmest encounter with a new Wes joint since Mr. Fox. Joyful, playful myth-creation that riffs on history and gets humanity. His lifelong obsession with Perfect Images has led to a more self-conscious and mature approach to the artistic image, specifically to painting, which is—despite his films' obsession with the stage, cinema, and architecture—easily the closest artistic point of contact with his films. Calling dibs on a critical piece examining paintings throughout his oeuvre. brb now gotta go rewatch like 5x

  • Jaws


    Pretty good!

  • Rocky IV

    Rocky IV

    An only-slightly-extended music-video montage with just about the thinnest plot imaginable, riffing on pre-existing characters within an already-successful franchise (I guess what we now refer to as "I.P."), exploiting a particular moment in American history, and resulting in such massive economic returns that it proves the effectiveness of Hollywood storytelling to produce an entertaining and thematically-ambiguous movie that its actor-director would apparently choose to revise into a director's cut in the midst of a global pandemic and somehow premiere it the night before I coincidentally screened the original cut in a class for the first time. Wild stuff!

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    The last time I showed this film to a class in person (two years ago, thx covid), no one laughed at "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the war room!" But this time, everyone did. Bizarre.

  • The Fountain

    The Fountain

    High ambitions and points for effort, but when you're dabbling in mystery, you gotta resist the temptation to reveal. And when you decide to reveal, be careful of weak CGI and respect the boundary between the profound and the ridiculous. In The Tree of Life, it's dinosaurs that ride this line. In The Fountain, it's a whole buncha stuff. As some students adeptly observed, the most subdued and underplayed scenes in this film end up being the most powerful.

  • Just Friends

    Just Friends

    Not funny and narratively nonsensical