Veteran of the great video store wars of the 2000s. Fitful filmmaker. Human of late capitalism.
Bone Tomahawk 2015
Not bad if you want to square The Searchers with The Descent* and Cannibal Holocaust. The ending left me wondering what the point is. Sucks when psychotic indigenous cave cannibals kidnap you?! Zahler does like to shove around politically correct niceties, to the point if you find yourself questioning it, you feel like a fuddy duddy stick in the mud who may as well be driving a Volvo with ten progressive cause bumper stickers attached (to be fair Volvos are…
Dragged Across Concrete 2018
The problematic button pushing is far more honest than a sanitized screenplay and deep down, I think even the detractors know it. It could have gone even farther in that direction. There's a moment where Mel Gibson (Mel Gibson's character?) could have thrown down the n-word with a hard "r" to a black man and instead says "likewise." Still spicy in this day and age. I feel like I'm reading an inverse of the people who complained about Do the…
Pump Up the Volume 1990
The cinematic equivalent of trading in your Poison tape for a Pixies CD.
Everything Everywhere All at Once 2022
Googly eyes on infinity stones is about right. Totally tracks that it was produced by the Russo brothers and directed by the guys who made a movie featuring the farting corpse of Harry Potter and the (admittedly awesome) "Turn Down for What" music video.
You're going to read a lot of comparisons to Charlie Kaufman and Terry Gilliam films, but more than anything it reminded me of the continual influence of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Captures the same IFL…