Favorite films

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • A Clockwork Orange

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  • Leave No Trace

    ★★★★

  • Turning Like Clockwork

    ★★★

  • Twister's Revenge!

    ★★½

  • Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

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  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★★½

    There's a common complaint these days that satire is dead because reality has become so completely fucked. How can you ironically send up a world that already seems like some warped darkly comic version of what it actually should be? But along comes Sorry to Bother You, which shows us that great satire is always possible if you're thoughtful, paying close attention, and able to stay one step ahead, with an eye always on where this is all heading...and then…

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★½

    Let's clear this up right away: there is no candy in Candyman. There's no Sammy Davis Jr. singing "Candyman", there's no one playing Candy Land, and there's no candy. Did we cover that already? Cuz there isn't.

    This movie could use some candy, tho. Or more accurately some gum. Nicotine gum. Because Jesus do they smoke a lot in this movie. This is a 2-pack-a-day movie, at least.

    You would smoke a lot too if you were in this movie.…

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  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★★

    Leave No Trace is kind of like a very, very distant cousin of Sylvester Stallone's First Blood, a tale of a traumatized war veteran and his daughter trying to peacefully live in the wilds of Oregon, detached from civilization. But unlike its noisier action-packed cousin this is a quiet film, cryptic even at first, then slowly making its situation clear through careful camera work and judicious use of dialogue.

    Ben Foster is good as Will, the military vet father, but…

  • Turning Like Clockwork

    Turning Like Clockwork

    ★★★

    For a documentary positing that A Clockwork Orange could not be made today because we now value style & stimulation over depth & substance (and presents that change as a bad thing), Turning Like Clockwork sure seems guilty of being exactly that, an exercise in style over substance. Interviews are chopped down to small easily digestible bits stripped of most context and rapidly skipped between with plenty of background music, rapid image cut inserts, and other assorted video editing magic. It's a…

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  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

    Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

    ★★★★

    The very first shot of Jim and Andy is of a now gray-bearded 55-year-old Jim Carrey, and it feels like he's playing a character. Is this Old Jim we're seeing? Or Documentary Jim? Or are we just so used to Some Character Jim that we don't recognize the real him when we see it? Or even more disconcerting: did Real Jim get tossed aside somewhere along the road to the fame he now enjoys, possibly lost in the funhouse that…

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

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

    Well look at that, I've finally reached my 1000th review. I know I'm all over the place with regard to when I watched a movie versus when I finally review it, but here we are, number 1000!

    So this seems like as good a time as any to mention that, like a replicant who's failed one Voight-Kampff test too many (so, one) I am retiring...













    ...from watching the Director's Cut of Blade Runner again anytime soon.
    (as for the reviewing…