Adam Ball

Veteran of the great video store wars of the 2000s. Fitful filmmaker. Human of late capitalism.

Favorite films

  • To Be and to Have
  • To Be and to Have
  • To Be and to Have
  • Spider-Man

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  • River's Edge

    ★★★★

  • The Thing Called Love

    ★★★

  • Over the Edge

    ★★★★★

  • No Time to Die

    ★★★

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  • River's Edge

    River's Edge

    A real dirtbag hesher classic.

    I've long suspected this was an influence on Twin Peaks, like I suspect A Nightmare on Elm Street was an influence on Blue Velvet*. It's all a bit too depressing and nihilistic for me to give it a full five stars like eg. Over the Edge and Pump Up the Volume. File it with Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer as a glimpse at the festering rot below Reagan's America.


    *read my Nightmare review for that theory

  • The Thing Called Love

    The Thing Called Love

    Mid budget, mid '90s, low key sleeper studio picture that is always a bit too slow and slack to pop and thus seemed destined for a weekday A.M. slot on HBO. Bogdanovich's direction isn't bad per se, but seems aggressively anonymous from plenty of other nondescript '90s pictures; nothing here would tip off this was the guy that made such stylish departures as The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon (maybe he's better in black & white?).

    The quartet of great…

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