Favorite films

  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
  • Nashville
  • Jules and Jim
  • Lawrence of Arabia

Recent activity

  • EO

  • The Fabelmans

  • She Said

  • Sidney

Recent reviews

  • EO


    EO, a Fable of the Great Reset.
    Jerzy/Joe Skolimowski’s attempt to redefine art ends in nihilism.

    Is Polish filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski’s acclaimed donkey movie, EO, really a remake of Au Hasard Balthazar (1966), by French director Robert Bresson? Or, as is more likely, is it a nihilist spin-off of Winnie-the-Pooh and its shy donkey hero, Eeyore?

    The inordinate critical praise for EO after it won a Cannes festival prize reveals film culture’s current desperation. As prestige films flop and theater…

  • The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    The Bombing of Spielberg.
    Bigotry and family politics in The Fabelmans fail to enchant.

    Whose idea was it that The Fabelmans should open “wide” (Hollywood lingo for expanding to more theaters) on Thanksgiving weekend? Did Spielberg think that the fictional memoir recalling when his impulsive mother Mitzi (Michelle Williams) left his deceived father (Paul Dano) was wholesome family entertainment?

    Failing to draw many ticket-buyers (grossing just over $2 million across the country) indicates that maybe Spielberg’s once-infallible pop instincts are…

Popular reviews

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Despite repeated requests of six separate publicists, Warners and Sunshine Sachs declined to show me a prerelease screener of and denied me press access to Justice League. Readers may decide whether this insult is from fecklessness, incompetence or more nefarious reasons.

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    This year’s fallen movie standards match the disappointment felt everywhere — in style, messaging, and leadership. Fanboy favorite Everything Everywhere All at Once epitomized the faithlessness at the heart of comic-book culture. Michelle Yeoh plays Evelyn Wang, a Chinese immigrant laundromat owner whose American-based working-class struggles import Hong Kong action-movie agnosticism. (What contemporary Hollywood film would dare recognize the moral struggles of native white, black, Latin, or Native Americans?) Unconcerned about the existence or nature of God, Evelyn is caught…