Andy Baughman

Andy Baughman


Obviously, this text is addressed to those who know Vertigo by heart. But do those who don’t deserve anything at all?


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  • Death Proof

    Death Proof


    It’s difficult to evaluate Grindhouse 10 years on. Beyond the nostalgic clouding of it being the first R-rated film I saw in theaters, it today presents an impossible quandary to me...half a masterpiece and half unwatchable, an experiment I respect that often totally fails, and a clear-eyed condemnation of Hollywood sex abuse that is also an exploitation film with Harvey Weinstein’s fingers all over it. In the spirit of its structure, Grindhouse is often two things.

    Planet Terror, my favorite…

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence


    It's my favorite love as a void being filled, love as the equation that cannot be balanced, love often desperate and disgusting in its hopeless helpless depth. It is love as sexual shadow puppets being played with the past, unrequited rituals and roleplaying replacement, selfishness sold as heroism by fairy tales and other fictions that we can't distinguish as untrue because our denial, entitlement, and need will not allow us. It is love as a cage, basically, humans trapped by their endless fascination for backs turned towards them. Are these the wounds of passion?

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood


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

    The Fred Raskin Show -- either his coming-of-age or QT’s delayed acquiescence to a non-Menke style, this being the first movie after her that doesn’t come with a constant sense of wanting. It’s possible that Sally Menke could have cut something entertaining out of Django or The Hate Fellate (his two worst), but Raskin was all wrong for those ones, weak material lowered to oppression by an incongruous style, Quentin directing like Menke could return from the dead and give…




    This and Feels Good Man have made Fantasia the festival of meme movies that make me want to die. But if Vertigo is on one level about our dehumanizing lust for the movie screen and the disconnect the camera creates, who could be a more appropriate modern Madeline/Judy/Kim Novak than a camgirl serendipitously played by the one instant sex symbol of the last five years? Kind of loved this one....