If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly.
—G. K. Chesterton

Favorite films

  • Out of Sight
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • Hoop Dreams

Recent activity

  • Fedora


  • Out of Bounds


  • Kansas City Confidential


  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl


Recent reviews

  • Fedora



    Let’s just say that as films go that star William Holden, are directed by Billy Wilder, and that feature a reclusive, former leading lady who’s star has faded, this is my second favorite.

  • Out of Bounds

    Out of Bounds


    “So, I have to ask, why is your name Out of Bounds?

    “Beat’s me. I really hate it. I mean, what’s it even mean—Out of Bounds? What’s out of bounds? Who’s out of bounds? I think Lieutenant Delgado says it once, but it’s the type of generic, forgettable title that an action thriller name generator spits out and has no connection to the actual film, I mean, to me.”

    “What’s with Anthony Michael Hall? Were they really trying to make him a…

Popular reviews

  • Nomadland



    “What’s remembered, lives.”

    There’s a lot being placed on Nomadland. If it’s not the defining film of this era of American life, then it’s an irresponsible bit of class tourism. If it’s not the ultimate rebuke of the gig economy, then it’s way too soft on omnipresent monoliths like Amazon. If it’s not a wrenching depiction of the unseen victims of capitalism, then it’s a pseudo-profound, sanitized portrayal of homelessness, designed for privileged white people to watch and then feel…

  • Arrival



    Oh, I’m sorry, Arrival, you give me everything I want from a sci-fi drama, but alI I have to give in return are these five stars. 

    This has really elevated for me with each repeat viewing. This time, I felt it brushing up against those deep ancient truths that the best kinds of science fiction can probe. Truths that extend just beyond my reach but whose profundity is nevertheless felt, like the phantom pressure experienced in the liminal space between…