Jake Calta

Jake Calta

Favorite films

  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • Vertigo
  • Ran
  • Jacob's Ladder

Recent activity

  • The American West of John Ford


  • The Captive


  • Now and Then - The Last Beatles Song


  • Bedbugs Ate My Dreams!


Recent reviews

  • There Will Come Soft Rains

    There Will Come Soft Rains


    In what can only be described as Bradbury tinged by Ellison,
    Nazim Tulyahodzhayev's There Will Come Soft Rains takes the classic tale from Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles and brings it to a shockingly poignant resolution, perhaps even more so than the original text. Here, the long, literal arm of technology tends to the ashen remnants of its masters as an automated house persists in spite of the nuclear bombing that befell the city of Allendale, CA. Instead of happenstance bringing…

  • Bury the Axis

    Bury the Axis


    Of all the wartime propaganda pieces to come out of WWII, I'm not sure "discount Puppetoon" was on the bingo card. Actual Puppetoons, yes, as producer George Pal was not shy about his Screwball Army acting the part of the Axis powers, but as a metaphorical force of evil. Here, grotesque caricatures of the Axis leaders sing a few jolly little songs before getting pulverized by Allied forces. Clearly a budget piece pinched out for the war effort, but with…

Popular reviews

  • Manhunter



    Instead of a fuller review, I just wanted to take a moment to speak on one key element of Manhunter that I adore: the atmosphere. From its lush analog synths to Dante Spinotti's blend of intense color & tenebrous lighting, what Michael Mann has made here is a beast of a film unlike any other. I don't think I've ever been as haunted by a film as I have with Manhunter. It gets under your skin, embracing you all the while.…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse


    WHAT. A. FILM./10

    My first actual theater experience of 2019 (always go to theaters late in the year, idk), and what an experience it was. Dafoe and Pattinson are impeccable in Robert Eggers's sophomore feature, The Lighthouse. The grim pastoral Dreyeresque qualities of The VVitch are melded into a maritime setting and an expressionist grandeur that recalls everything from Murnau to Laughton's Night of the Hunter. The descent into madness is so mesermizing I couldn't leave my seat. Every frame…