Josh Martin

USC Cinema and Media Studies MA candidate, UNC Alum, Co-Founder of UNC’s Aspect Journal, Writer

Favorite films

  • Trouble in Paradise
  • The Third Man
  • Rio Bravo
  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

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  • Decision to Leave

    ★★★★½

  • The Return of the Living Dead

    ★★★★

  • RRR

    ★★★★★

  • Bros

    ★★½

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  • Decision to Leave

    Decision to Leave

    ★★★★½

    During the Q&A, Park gave a somewhat long and convoluted answer on the genesis of this film, which originated in a particular passage in a Swedish detective novel (the name escapes me at the moment). Despite this origin point — and Park’s later answer emphasizing that artists, rather than taking direct inspiration from other filmmakers, are often influenced by other media — it’s also extremely clear that Decision to Leave is renegotiating and reimagining Hitchcock’s Vertigo, inverting and expanding its…

  • RRR

    RRR

    ★★★★★

    Probably the greatest screening I’ve ever attended in my entire life?

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  • Blonde

    Blonde

    ★★

    It's impossible to review this film without a surplus of allusions to the discourse, but I'll try my best to just approach the text. The central image reference here comes from Fritz Lang's Metropolis: that iconic scene of lustful, lascivious men staring at Maria, eyes locked on the camera and mouths agape in a state of pure desire. That image, reconfigured and revised so effectively in Russ Meyer's Faster, Pussycat, Kill! Kill!, makes up a sizable portion of Andrew Dominik's…

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★★

    Interesting to have seen this film just in time for some Film Twitter “discourse” (for those not in the know: Vikings, white supremacy/neo-Nazis, folks yelling back and forth in bad faith, etc.) to kick in. This film has been a discourse bomb waiting to go off ever since that medieval scholar tweeted about how the poster was a Nazi dogwhistle when the marketing campaign started. Robert Eggers, judging from the post-screening Q&A and every interview I’ve read with him, seems…