Jared Rasic

I write about movies for a living. I never said I was good at it, but I love them. I help run a boutique arthouse movie theater in Oregon.

Favorite films

  • A Ghost Story
  • Stalker
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Green Room

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

  • Lightyear

    ★★★½

  • Outlaws

    ½

  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    ★★★★

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  • Lightyear

    Lightyear

    ★★★½

    "Lightyear," Pixar's newest animated adventure, has to have one of the strangest and most meta ideas for a children's movie of all time. If you've seen a trailer, you know that the Buzz Lightyear from this new film is not the toy from the "Toy Story" films voiced by Tim Allen. Instead, Buzz is an actual human Space Ranger this time, voiced by "Captain America" Chris Evans and "Lightyear" as a film is a fairly straight-forward science fiction adventure. This…

  • The Last Blockbuster

    The Last Blockbuster

    ★★★★

    The most meta moment of my life happened this past weekend, and it was amazing. I went to the world premiere of "The Last Blockbuster," a movie that I'm in, about a dying form of entertainment, shown at a pop-up drive-in movie theater, which is in itself a dead form of entertainment, during a global pandemic when all movie theaters are hovering dangerously close to being extinct themselves.

    The surreality of watching myself on the big screen talking about movies…

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    It finally happened, for the first time in years. It was perfect. It's opening night of "Top Gun: Maverick," the sequel to a 36-year-old movie that is mostly loved today for nostalgic or ironic reasons. The new "Top Gun" should be terrible, a jingoistic Tom Cruise vehicle that is only good for a few forgettable hours inside some air conditioning. The IMAX auditorium is almost completely sold out and it feels like a wall of humanity waiting for their favorite…

  • Outlaws

    Outlaws

    Sons of who gives a fuck. I can't imagine hating a movie more than this.

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  • Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin

    Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin

    ★★★

    The gay panic/transphobic section is very disappointing. I know he's trying to rail against political correctness and putting everyone into boxes, but it comes off a bit apologetic for homophobes. The special feels like prime Chappelle during his bits about O.J., Chris Tucker, Cosby and the police, but there's a weird air of social conservatism throughout the whole thing. A few genuinely great belly laughs, but not as many of those as there were uncomfortable winces at some out of touch jokes. Extra star for the Shandling and Phife tributes at the end.

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★★

    Hell is other people.