Favorite films

  • Devil in a Blue Dress
  • Beau Travail
  • Targets
  • Blood Simple

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  • War of the Worlds


  • Pilgrimage


Recent reviews

  • The Thing

    The Thing


    Rewatch, up from a 7. Maybe the rating jump can be attributed to the fact that I’ve seen a lot more movies since my first viewing (notably a handful of impactful Hawks films), or maybe it’s just the upgrade from dusty laptop to big screen 4k restoration (a staggering difference, as abyssal blacks, impressive in their own right, accentuate the masterful and diverse use of lighting, from red emergency flares to yellow bulbs that flash blue-white when they’re shattered). Whatever: knocked me flat!

  • Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future


    Had a somewhat muted reaction to this on first viewing, but in the intervening six months (yeah, yeah, I know, but I figure my review backlog can just be a project for future generations to shoulder) the ruined Mediterranean setting and Stewart’s polarizing gremlin act have grown on me considerably. And, when I remember that Cronenberg is nearly 80, and when I take my own aging family members’ oft-repeated advice into account (“Don’t get old”), the pain Saul Tenser exudes…

Popular reviews

  • Barry Lyndon

    Barry Lyndon


    Wonder how much my adoration for this film stems from how little I knew about it going in? I mean, Kubrick’s other work is obviously still quite good (hot take), but scenes like “Here’s Johnny!”, the bomb ride, and singin’ in the rain have had their edge dulled by several decades of parody-worship, entrenched in pop culture as they are. 2001 gets around this for the most part by having those moments be among the most universally profound in cinematic…

  • Vertigo



    The ne plus ultra in the work of an already legendary director, who here utilizes the theme of “obsession” perhaps more profoundly than anyone ever could thanks to his voyeuristic reputation. Vertigo is like a tacit admission on Hitchcock’s part. He goads his audience, depicting the downward spiral of a man as he succumbs to his desires for a woman, the concept of a woman, whom he never even knew. And yet we can never look away from the horror;…