Michael H.oarty

the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.

Favorite films

  • Exiled
  • Dishonored
  • Dementia
  • Miracle Mile

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  • Clouds of Sils Maria

  • Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe

    ★★★½

  • Too Late

    ★★★★★

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    ★★★★½

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  • Clouds of Sils Maria

    Clouds of Sils Maria

    I’ve been watching the Irma Vep miniseries (which is largely terrific) and can’t help but feel it covers much of what this is trying to do more interestingly and with way more intrigue. Juliette Binochette w short hair is a dead ringer for my mother-in-law to be so seeing her nude was weird.


    (I’ll also note that the first time I saw Irma Vep (1996) I was lukewarm on it as well, only to be placed under its spell upon rewatch)

  • Too Late

    Too Late

    ★★★★★

    short of Body Double, probably the best cinematic critique of noir and voyeurism out there. A push/pull of terrific style and deeply felt self-hatred. Takes what is almost always a jerk-off gimmick and makes magic out of it. Calling it a Tarantino knockoff is reductive, this is far too interesting to merit such simpleton comparisons. Watch it blind and thank me later.

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  • Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

    Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

    I’m left with the impression that this whole operation had the express purpose of being a meme generator, but as anything other than a seven-hour freakshow, I’m struggling to find any value. Goode/Chaiklin seemingly have zero empathy for any of their subjects, choosing instead to giggle behind the camera. No, it doesn’t take much logic to draw the conclusion that 90% of the people featured here are utter sociopaths, but they’re also treated with nothing higher than amusement. The Jinx,…

  • Dear Evan Hansen

    Dear Evan Hansen

    My attitude towards people who would rate this film as anything above a contemptible, morally decrepit piece of shit is akin to the YA weirdos on Twitter who think you’re a pedophile if you like Salo. Very bold of the producers to pull a “libertarian temporal pincer” of sorts (casting one of the oldest looking men in the world to play a teenager and making his love interest counterpart look years younger than she actually does irl.)