Rob

“movie on my neck with the screen gems” - pusha t

Favorite films

  • Ikiru
  • GoodFellas
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Mulholland Drive

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  • As Tears Go By

    ★★★½

  • Cool Hand Luke

    ★★★★½

  • Cannibal! The Musical

    ★★★

  • A Matter of Life and Death

    ★★★★

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  • Cool Hand Luke

    Cool Hand Luke

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    One of a handful of anti-authority classics from the late 60’s and early 70’s, this sweaty, Southern-fried chain gang drama coasts heavily on Paul Newman’s charismatic performance, including an iconic scene where he scarfs down 50 eggs while the other prisoners bet and bait their breath. Also immortalized in pop culture is the bullying prison captain’s mealy mouthed “what we’ve got here is failure to communicate” after pushing Newman’s titular character in the dirt after an escape attempt. The whole…

  • Cannibal! The Musical

    Cannibal! The Musical

    ★★★

    Pretty remarkable for a student film! The songs are well-written, there’s plenty of GREAT gags (my personal favorites being the musical number interrupted to argue over whether one of the bad guys is singing off-key and a “Natives American” tribe who are clearly just Japanese) and the low budget gore is extremely enjoyable. It’s a take on true Colorado history, a break-up movie, and a horror-comedy-musical. Pretty ambitious for a pair of UC Boulder undergrads. Only reasons I’ve given such…

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  • TÁR

    TÁR

    ★★★★½

    I’ve put off reviewing this because it felt difficult to write about. Tár starts with the end credits, followed by a lengthy interview that doesn’t apologize for using classical music jargon in a way that leaves people unfamiliar with the subject confused. 
    This sets the tone for the rest of the film. I was hooked. Tár thrives in the ambiguities of life. It refuses to explain a thing. She’s guilty. She’s not. Doesn’t matter. 
    It’s a story about power. The…

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★½

    A lot of my friends have been quite harsh to this movie but I was willing to give it a fair chance. Overall, it’s a pretty limp satire but not as bad as you might have heard. Despite its length it’s easy enough to sit through. There’s some laugh out loud moments and the sense of (sadly familiar) frustration and anxiety is pretty real. However, it refuses to answer quite a few basic questions. Who is this for? Who is…