Tom Stoup

Tom Stoup

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PW Torch, Icon Magazine, Sound on Sight, Reel Time, Behold Florida

Favorite films

  • Vanilla Sky
  • Boogie Nights
  • The Meaning of Life
  • Mountains May Depart

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  • Adventure Time: Distant Lands

  • Heat and Dust

  • Red Desert

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

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  • Luchadoras

    Luchadoras

    Once they’ve opened with the sounds of a passenger bus – a purgatorial transit between free aspirations and the limiting necessities of a capitalistic world – the filmmakers waste little time commencing their true journey to profile Baby Star, Lady Candy, and Mini Sirenita as each wrestles to overcome their city’s high rate of often fatal violence against women. The material is extremely heavy, though mercifully the spare representational tableau is as heavy-handed as its delivery gets. Untethered by conventions…

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  • Heat and Dust

    Heat and Dust

    The tongue-in-cheek scope of privileged white ignorance lands, and the understated narrative styling entertains. The humor could stand to be slightly less subtle and the sexuality could stand to be a lot more harlequin, but it’s thoroughly solid despite being dustier than it is hot.

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    So very hinged on an overconfident reveal that it discovers no real story nor effective misdirection as it works backward from that labored point, its repetitively persistent breadcrumbs - already undisguisedly spelled out at the beginning - feeling like a maddeningly foreordained trudge even when they’re sped through to the further detriment of Wan’s now familiar hit-and-miss tone. A shame after the remorselessly cheesy ‘90s-style opening straps us in for a ride not in store, though Wan does find another…

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  • Alice in Wonderland

    Alice in Wonderland

    Here’s more of a journal entry than a review, because… I think I finally appreciate this? As a kid I was overly sensitive to tertiary trifles in library-rented Disney tapes and the like. For example I needed to be consoled the first time I saw Arthur ditch the amorous squirrel in an ultimately throwaway scene from “The Sword in the Stone”. From the curious oysters to the exclusive flowers, “Alice” is so full of such fleeting plights that it never…

  • The Tomorrow War

    The Tomorrow War

    The first hour, while just as lower-rent as the ubiquitous marketing conveys, contains enough conceptually that when I describe it to my partner later she’ll think she missed out on something. Then the thing just kinda stalls out… and after it ends there are still about 45 minutes left to go. But hey, nice cyclical storytelling with Chris Pratt angrily kicking a trash can in defeat at the beginning then later angrily kicking an alien head in victory. That’s art, man.