Michael Murphy

I cried at the end of "Terminator 2" at age 12. That was the manliest thing I ever did...until I cried at the end of "Furious 7" at age 22.

Favorite films

  • Heat
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Drive

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  • Speed Racer

    ★★★★★

  • Triangle of Sadness

  • Amsterdam

  • David Byrne's American Utopia

    ★★★★★

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  • Speed Racer

    Speed Racer

    ★★★★★

    Perhaps too cartoonish for adult audiences and too narratively and thematically complex for kids, Speed Racer is the closest any filmmaker has come to successfully emulating anime sensibilities and storytelling. Gorgeous, kinetic, earnest, and thrilling.

    The Wachowski’s directed two of the best films of the 21st Century - this and Cloud Atlas - and they made less than 30% of their combined budget back, domestically. It’s a shame that these supposed failures have prohibited them from making anything else on…

  • Triangle of Sadness

    Triangle of Sadness

    Sometimes I think they give the Palme d’Or to bad movies on purpose.

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  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★

    For many months, despite my high skepticism of this remake, the only component that kept me remotely intrigued was the involvement of screenwriter Tony Kushner. You don’t hand off this text to a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and get a complete retread of the original, there’s just no way. I’m thankful to report that Kushner delivered as hoped, imbuing this resplendent restaging with thoughtful additions and surprising revisions all presented by a master of the form operating at a deliriously…

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★★★

    Don’t Look Up is Dr. Strangelove for the mid-Succession, post-Trump era. Its satire is sometimes undercut by some Ferrell-era humor (and its length), but at its best it represents the best blend of McKay’s sensibilities since The Other Guys. As far as the filmmaker’s second act is concerned, I still prefer The Big Short - nothing will compare to the surprise of seeing McKay zag so hard and succeed so gloriously.

    Leo, Hill, Chalamet all hilarious.

    DCP
    Netflix Guild Screening
    Sepulveda Screening Room