Roman Arbisi

Writing about film makes life less of an endurance test, and more of a celebration about the variety that life can offer.

Favorite films

  • Arrival
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Blade Runner

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  • Modern Times

    ★★★★½

  • The Sword and the Sorcerer

    ★★½

  • 20th Century Girl

    ★★½

  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★★

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  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★★

    In a one-week event, Netflix’s newly acquired rights to Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out Mystery”, Glass Onion, hits a measly 600 theaters around the States to the tune of a top three box office finish. An overwhelming and unsurprising return for a sequel to an undeniable smash hit in the fall of 2019. I doubt Netflix wanted to bury Glass Onion, but this may become the most egregious example of leaving too much money on the table. All in service of…

  • Bones and All

    Bones and All

    ★★★★

    Director Luca Guadagnino reteams with Timothee Chalamet for Bones and All. A cannibal road trip movie with an appetite for romance. Co-starring Taylor Russell and Mark Rylance, Bones and All lives up to its pitch with the talents of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross scoring the film, and director of photography, Arseni Khachaturan, to make one of 2022’s most fulfilling films.

    The trailer sells this film as something far more intense than it actually is. Like some sort of chase…

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  • Modern Times

    Modern Times

    ★★★★½

    A master of physical comedy and storytelling. Can talk all day about how funny it is, but the movie takes a whole new form when it reaches the end. Such a tonal difference compared to the comedy of the previous 85 minutes, and it works and it hits, and it’s so emblematic of how talented Chaplin is as a physical, visual storyteller.

    Infinitely funny and incredibly timeless.

  • The Sword and the Sorcerer

    The Sword and the Sorcerer

    ★★½

    The charm of this film is undeniable. A shame I’ve spent most of my life blind to these types of films just because they don’t have the stars, money, and action backing it. One of the sub-genres of film I’ve yet to dip my toes into, and with the passing of Albert Pyun I might have to spend my week exploring more. Watched on Tubi where you can find a handful of his films.

    R.I.P Albert Pyun

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  • Snow Steam Iron

    Snow Steam Iron

    ★★★★½

    If Denis Villeneuve wasn't the best film-maker working today, Zack Snyder would have the best shot selection in all of Hollywood. This guy shot this movie on an iPhone and it looks better than most movies released on a budget 1,000 times the price of an iPhone X! Snow Steam Iron is a firm reminder that Snyder is one of the purest Hollywood visionaries working today. 

    In Snow Steam Iron we see a corrupt system in the snow laced streets of New…

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★★★½

    Quite possibly the most ambitious film of 2014, Richard Linklater's, 'Boyhood' is a stunning work of art and one of cinema's finest achievements. This film is shot over 12 years of time from the years 2002-2014, following a boy by the name of Mason (played by Ellar Coltrane) throughout this time span.

    To be quite honest, I don't think I've ever resonated with a film more in my entire life. Following this boy growing up was absolutely incredible to watch,…