Matt Goldberg

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Favorite films

  • The Graduate
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • The Fountain
  • Back to the Future

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  • The Last Repair Shop

    ★★★★

  • Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★

  • Mary Last Seen

    ★★★½

  • Dune

    ★★★★

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  • Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★

    The first great movie of 2024. While that’s admittedly a low bar to clear (“Better than Madame Web, you say?!”), I also think it’s better than the first movie. It addresses all the major criticisms of Dune: Part One to make a film that’s faster, livelier, funnier, and more intense to really stick the landing of this story (while still leaving the door open for an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sequel novel, Dune: Messiah).

    Oddly, by addressing those criticisms, I…

  • Drive-Away Dolls

    Drive-Away Dolls

    ★½

    It brings me no pleasure to report that Drive-Away Dolls is quite poor. The Coen Brothers are my favorite filmmakers, and it’s been interesting to see them split off to solo projects. Joel notched a win with The Tragedy of Macbeth, but it’s pretty difficult to go wrong with a Macbeth adaptation starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand.

    While it’s tempting to see Joel as “the serious one” and Ethan as “the zany one” and it’s their yin-yang mixture that…

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  • The Zone of Interest

    The Zone of Interest

    ★★

    Maybe it’s because when you’re Jewish you tend to learn about the Holocaust at a younger age and you keep learning more as life goes on, and maybe Glazer is trying to reach a gentile audience that can’t grasp the banality of evil without seeing it play out. But for me, the banality of evil is the only way to understand such atrocities, and depicting that banality for 100 minutes doesn’t add anything beyond Arendt’s famous and straightforward assessment of…

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

    Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

    ★½

    Marvel has lost it. Films like Doctor Strange and Iron Man 2 now look like bastions of competence next to stuff like this because as weak as those films are, they still try to have a character arc for their protagonist where the adventure changes his outlook. Everyone in this movie is the same at the end as they are in the beginning. There’s not an ounce of character development or even a challenge to a character’s personality. It is…