Favorite films

  • Model Shop
  • Muriel, or the Time of Return
  • Peeping Tom
  • The Last Days of Disco

Recent activity

  • Brüno

  • 8 Women


  • La Ballerine

  • Attaque nocturne

Pinned reviews

  • The Conformist

    The Conformist


    I've got a new column going in the Cleveland Review of Books. Paradoxically, the first one is something a bit impersonal: read on and you'll see why. We are wading into weird waters here.

    (But I'm very happy with how this turned out.)

    "T/K: A Fragment, A Letter, A Dream, and Some Movies"



    One of the more memorable parasocial relationships I’ve been in began in a used bookstore. You never know what you’re gonna get at Grey Matter…

  • Babylon



    "I don’t think I’m very good for you..."

    Or: Vincente Minnelli Jr.'s 3 Hours in Another Town ...

    "I knew Proust, you know..."

    (UPDATE: Dec 30, 2022: I’ve consolidated my two initial reviews into one, here. I say “initial,” for there will be many more responses to BABYLON from me in the future — in review form, in fiction form, in film form — and this should obviously not be taken as an exhaustive read on the brilliances, the stupidities,…

Recent reviews

  • Love in the Afternoon

    Love in the Afternoon


    The introduction of I.A.L Diamond's romantic sensibility to Billy Wilder's sour-grapes style is critical for us to understand Wilder, and it cannot be overstated. (NB: this is their first of 12 pictures together!) I'm sure Joseph McBride has written about this, or maybe there's an article out there about the Diamond-Wilder team (perhaps my favorite in the annals of Hollywood; would that we all find our I.A.L. Diamond!), but based on my gut instinct, what I think happens in the…

  • Giant



    I assume this is the thrill white people get from watching Gone with the Wind. Unexpectedly great back-to-back watch with the King Vidor War and Peace.

Popular reviews

  • Oppenheimer



    So, to recap: INTERSTELLAR, Love conquers all 🥰; DUNKIRK, Home is where the heart is 🏡 ; in OPPENHEIMER, it’s complicated 🤷🏻


    If I wanted the Wikipedia article, I would just read it.


    Needs more Albert Einstein randomly barging in Kramer-style.

    Two hours spent obscenely building up suspense of a vile image: the explosion of the A-bomb? two minutes of a tossed-away announcement that the bomb was dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? dumb corny Marvel-y…

  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World


    I had one of the most exciting encounters at a movie theater EVER yesterday, so bear with me.

    Yesterday, I re-watched It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Bland-ley Kramer, 1963) in glorious 70mm at LACMA! It's gotten a lot of hate around these parts for being cataclysmically unfunny. And while I can see why people would think so (Kramer has an awful eye for comedic direction, and the sheer pomposity of his statement that he would make "the comedy…