Andrew

My entire world view in high school was based on the exact way Juliette Binoche says, “I don’t know anything!” in THE ENGLISH PATIENT.

Favorite films

  • The English Patient
  • The Philadelphia Story
  • All About Eve
  • Day for Night

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  • Benediction

    ★★★★½

  • Lightyear

    ★★

  • Fire Island

    ★½

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★

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  • The Kid Detective

    The Kid Detective

    ★★★★

    Have you ever seen a movie deconstructing itself? There’s a metatextual quality to the narrative progression here that’s right up my alley. The Kid Detective morphs from wish-fulfilment comedy to ambivalent arrested-development comedy to a mordant mixture of both then to satire before it shifts to a chilling psychological drama with flourishes that seems almost unpredictable. But the through-line, which the film progressively develops, is that this is a story of a man working through issues of depression and guilt…

  • Batman Returns

    Batman Returns

    ★★★★★

    It's strange how Batman Returns manages to feel both incredibly spontaneous, but also incredibly worked out and specfic. There’s not a single frame in this that’s not in service of delivering the precise cocktail of the macabre, the unsettling and the magical that Burton is working towards. Do you remember magic in superhero films? Not in the fairy-tale notion of granting wishes, but in a willingness to eschew logic and order in search of something more ineffable and intriguing. It’s…

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  • Benediction

    Benediction

    ★★★★½

    The camera moves through the halls and the streets with such measured slowness that soon enough the gentleness of the cinematography feels more like a threat than a balm especially when countered with the editing that’s so exacting. Which Is the beauty and sadness of Davies work. Tragedy is inevitable. Let us congregate to wallow in it. That unsettling quality, inevitably gloom, is most evident in the middle section of Benediction, which sees m Sassoon ambling through a string of…

  • Lightyear

    Lightyear

    ★★

    The framing device that this is the movie Andy saw in Toy Story that sparked a decades long devotion is obviously just a bald-faced attempt by Pixar to make this mean something, but let’s play into the conceit for the hell of it. I struggle to recognise what would anyone – child or adult – might take from this conceptualisation of Buzz Lightyear as a character to spark engagement or genuine infatuation. Lightyear’s approach to its characters is devoid of much…

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  • Fire Island

    Fire Island

    ★½

    Allow me some pedantry: If you’re going to build your entire film on (poorly) paralleling Pride and Prejudice, feature Austen’s opening line as the first line of dialogue while  caustically commenting on it in a voiceover and then not acknowledge that Austen’s narrator is being deliberately ironic when they presume men are in want (a very deliberate pun; want as in desire but also want as in to lack) of a wife then I’m already second-guessing your approach to comedy, analysis or…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★

    Pleasant to look at but with each successive sequence I found myself less and less engaged by any of this. By the end I was more exhausted than enchanted or intrigued or even illuminated. You can tell that all the people involved in this are interested in this world and the aesthetic but I’m less sure how much they’re interested in what these characters are thinking beyond what they say or beyond what the plot necessitates.

    Alana is charmed by…