John Marine

attempting to break a habit of giving every OK movie 4 stars

Favorite films

  • Michael Clayton
  • Broadcast News
  • Arrival
  • Stop Making Sense

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  • Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

  • Zero Dark Thirty

    ★★★½

  • Interstellar

    ★★★★

  • Win Win

    ★★★★

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  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★½

    Everyone knows kids learn from the adults in their lives. Sean Baker, having these 6 year olds yell:

    “Go home rat shit, bitch”
    “You are SHIT.”
    “Stupid thot.”

    tells us exactly what we need to know about these kids and their home lives. 

    This movie is so smart, so colorful, and ultimately heart breaking. The loyalty we show our parents, earned or unearned, is on full display. 

    People online deride Baker for his choices of “subjects,” but then who else is telling these stories?

  • Prisoners

    Prisoners

    ★★★★

    It’s like the weirdo that Sean Penn turns into at the end of Mystic River got a whole movie @HughJack.  

    Jake G is great though. And this story takes some incredible turns without losing any shred of focus.

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

    Alana 🔥

    + the best soundtrack I can remember.

  • Zero Dark Thirty

    Zero Dark Thirty

    ★★★½

    “I believe I was spared so I could finish the job.”

    Very complex movie. I didn’t catch it the first time, but this second viewing had me asking: Whose destiny is righteous and good—
    ours or theirs?

    There is a clear answer, obviously. The Anti-Terroists. But the obsession with prophecy—that God put me here to do this—specifically American politicians, goes both ways. 

    The most dangerous piece may be that Maya does get her man. The paths and choices she took…

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★

    Very overwhelming… but also crazy precise?

    Every little piece plays into the two emotional climaxes (Waymond and then Joy’s). 

    So glad I saw this in a theater.

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★

    In all his films, Wes Anderson does this wonderful thing: he introduces a ridiculous (marvelous) story, so that all the little details and sub-stories seem plausible. He breaks us down early in the opening minutes, so the rest of the journey can be real—so we can believe. 

    And it’s not a trick. He knows we know. If this movie seems overpacked with details, it’s because it is. Accept his disarmament. Let it wear you away. Then enjoy.

    With that said,…