Andrew Dignan

Andrew Dignan

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Please be so kind as to not point out spelling and grammatical errors. I will get around to fixing them (eventually).

Favorite films

  • The Magnificent Ambersons
  • What's Up, Doc?
  • Something Wild
  • The Climb

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  • Dune

    ★★★½

  • The Rescue

    ★★★½

  • French Exit

    ★★★

  • The Last Movie

    ★½

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★½

    Can’t recall another recent example of a film where I was so enthralled with the grandiosity of the spectacle while remaining thoroughly indifferent to everything it was in service of (namely the characters and story). I’ve long been a Villeneuve skeptic but, as in his BLADE RUNNER sequel, the integration of FX work, sound mixing, photo-realistic fantastical production design and large scale logistical undertakings (the film features enough synchronized paramilitary pageantry to make Riefenstahl envious) is, in a word, stunning.…

  • The Rescue

    The Rescue

    ★★★½

    Following up FREE SOLO with a more traditional, talking heads and archival, documentary was always going to be something of a comedown but credit to Chin and Vasarhelyi for landing on a subject matter that’s every bit as logistically complex and likely to feature an onscreen death. I only followed bits and pieces of the Thai soccer team rescue from the summer of 2018 and so, while I knew going into this all thirteen made it out of the cave…

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    ★★

    When I was a little kid, growing up solidly middle class, I had a lot of toys. But my parents, mindful of the expanding clutter that comes from the accumulation of “stuff,” presented me with an ultimatum: if I went long enough without playing with my toys then I’d have to get rid of them before I could get any new ones. They didn’t care what I did with them: throw them out, sell them at a yard sale, give…

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A crushing disappointment really*, all the more so as I appear to be out of step with the rest of the internet on its lousiness. Wright’s way too accomplished a filmmaker for this to be a total wash but the film strives for a tricky confection of tones and what it arrives at is curdled. If HOT FUZZ took a comical premise and populates it with deadly serious characters, this tries the inverse, setting the film in a world of…