Garrett Foster

Garrett Foster

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“I know everything about film. I’ve seen over 240 of them.”

Favorite films

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Vertigo
  • Game Night
  • Se7en

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  • Creep

    ★★★½

  • Candyman

    ★★★

  • Free Guy

    ★★½

  • The Green Knight

    ★★½

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  • Game Night

    Game Night

    ★★★★

    The best studio comedy in years (since oh, let’s say, Forgetting Sarah Marshall?) and—it’s time I admit it—my favorite film of 2018. Shy of creating a laundry list of all of my favorite bits, there’s not much I can offer by way of "analysis" as the movie’s hilarity is self-evident, but it plays even better on a rewatch once you’ve already registered the narrative twists and can take the time to appreciate all of the little throwaway notes that play…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    “A film is—or should be—more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.”

    So said Stanley Kubrick of cinema, a quote which perfectly captures the essence of my overwhelming affinity for the director’s 1968 masterpiece. The reason I return to this film again and again is not to ponder its philosophical musings, although they are profound, nor its religious allegory, though it is transcendent,…

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  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★

    Kind of whiffs both the Candyman mythology and racial subtext/metaphor imo, the former rendered incomprehensible by barrages of exposition, the latter cohesive in theory but speechy and didactic in practice. That said, this is never not pretty, and DaCosta has serious directorial chops; particularly skillful is her use of negative space (note how the titular spirit can only be seen killing in reflective surfaces, e.g. mirrors, frequently creating frames within frames), and she achieves a blend of slow-burn atmospheric horror…

  • Free Guy

    Free Guy

    ★★½

    You know, this is awfully smug about being an original piece of IP for a movie whose elevator pitch is basically GTA meets Ready Player One meets The Matrix meets The Truman Show.

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★

    The fact that I, the biggest apologist for this franchise on planet Earth, have no desire to even discuss the ways in which this depressingly stupid motion picture pissed me off—let alone ever watch it again—is perhaps the most damning thing I can say about it right now. The short version: give /r/StarWars a writer credit. Rebuilding Kylo’s mask is a microcosm of the whole movie; you booed when The Last Jedi shattered the series’ familiar symbols, so they’ve been…

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★

    The most fun I've had at the movies all year. So refreshing to see a studio dole out $40 million to someone with an idiosyncratic directorial voice and who actually knows how to film a car chase. I especially loved those few scenes in the first half hour where Baby is strolling irreverently through the city, with every movement or real-life event flawlessly choreographed to Bob & Earl's "Harlem Shuffle". For a moment or two, his life becomes a music video—car chases and…