Jeffrey Zeldman

Friend of the Japanese children.

Favorite films

  • Stranger Than Paradise
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Rushmore
  • North by Northwest

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  • Last Shift

    ★★

  • Hostel

    ★★★★

  • Bananas

    ★★★★½

  • It Conquered the World

    ★★★

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  • Last Shift

    Last Shift

    ★★

    More like Last Shit.

    Takes ten sure-fire horror conventions and whips them up in a blender. Effectively nerve wracking but ultimately meaningless. Emotionally frustrating because any rational person would have departed the clearly haunted station five minutes after the first jump scare. Each surprise twist invalidates the logic of the one before it. Well paced, well acted, creepy, and scary as long as you don’t mind the predictability and the self defeating narrative twists. PS. I have never met a man…

  • Bananas

    Bananas

    ★★★★½

    Pure anarchist comedy a la the Marx Bros. Wild gags revealing Allen's background as a brilliant young TV sketch comedy writer, many of the gags unforgettable (although more than a few are also extremely dated). But the film is more than the sum of its memorable and often hilarious gags. There's also a genuine story arc, and despite the constant comic overstatement, the characters are touching, and real. It might be Allen's first great comedy. It's certainly the movie the surrogate Allen's fans are thinking of in Stardust Memories when they tell him they love his movies -- "particularly the early, funny ones." Great movie.

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