Andrew Draper

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Favorite films

  • The Half of It
  • Love and Diane
  • Showing Up
  • Dogfight

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  • Identikit

    ★★★½

  • Before Sunset

    ★★★★

  • Tenet

    ★★★★

  • Stopmotion

    ★★

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  • The Blackcoat's Daughter

    The Blackcoat's Daughter

    ★★★★

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

    Ah, I love The Blackcoat's Daughter. The slowest of slow burns. Writer/director Oz Perkins honors very old traditions of horror cinema, drawing on goods held in common, while regularly bringing out lovingly crafted pleasures that feel piercingly personal and fresh. A trio of perfectly uneasy performances from three young women: Kiernan Shipka as Kat, Lucy Boynton as Rose and Emma Roberts as Joan. Force is brought to bear on the audience from three different directions in a coordinated assault: visually,…

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★½

    Watched this again in honor of Women in Horror Month, with a particular focus on Diane Johnson as co-screenwriter and on Shelley Duvall as the star.

    Watched the US cut (144 minutes). It hits different with seventeen inches of snow outside and after ten months of relative isolation. It's an immense film — immensely rewatchable. I can admit that now, though there's still a tension inside my admiration of Kubrick's achievement. It's hard for me to just accept the movie…

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★★

    Saw Tenet for the fifth time tonight at 42nd Street IMAX.

    Skye noted the resonance between this and La Jetee, where Kat is haunted by the lingering image of the woman diving into the water from the deck of the yacht. The image gets recontextualized in a wonderful way, one of the more poetic instances of using a loop in time to create a distinctive emotional effect.

    This is the most elevated of the movie's pleasures. The base layer of…

  • Lisa Frankenstein

    Lisa Frankenstein

    ★★★

    It's 1989 and Lisa Swallows (Kathryn Newton) is a suburban girl forced to learn, after her mother's violent death, that grief makes you weird. She lives, more or less reluctantly, with her father in the home of his new wife, a horridly smug nurse, named Janet (Carla Gugino) and Janet's daughter Taffy (Liza Soberano). Taffy is determined to help Lisa to fit in at school, but Lisa isn't much interested. She would rather while away her unwanted hours in an…

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  • No Reservations

    No Reservations

    ★★★

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

    It's probably a mediocre movie in the final analysis, but it contains one scene that is priceless to me, and part of its immeasurable worth, for me, is that it provides a kind of iconography for the notion of a masculinity that's healthy and potentially healing.

    Aaron Eckhart plays a man who is really good at what he does but has retained all the spontaneity and even goofiness of a boy. He doesn’t fade into the scenery and he projects…

  • Collateral

    Collateral

    ★★★★★

    Subgenres of the thriller genre:

    1. the thriller as art film, where the artist cannot stoop to actually thrilling his audience

    2. the thriller as philosophical rubbernecking, where we are invited to meditate upon the nature of evil — as severed heads roll our way

    3. the thriller as pastiche of esoteric pop-culture references

    4. the redundant thriller, either a remake of a good thriller or adaptation of a good novel, or both

    My highest praise of Collateral is that…