Christian Ryan

Brenda: How do you go from this tranquility to that violence?
Sonny Crockett: I usually take the Ferrari.

Favorite films

  • Drive
  • Repo Man
  • Only God Forgives
  • Good Time

Recent activity

  • Hair High


  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


  • Fears


  • No One Will Save You


Recent reviews

  • No One Will Save You

    No One Will Save You


    If you fed the plot synopses of Signs and Nope into an AI story generator - with directions to turn all the characters into a skinny white girl - this is pretty close to what you’d get (I say close, because AI would’ve written a better script than this; which is disappointing considering Duffield’s past work). Dumb as a bag of rocks, but what can I say, I’m a sucker for these grays (though their tactics here make those martians from Spaced…

  • I Like Movies

    I Like Movies


    If you make an autobiographical movie about wanting to make movies, you open yourself up to a level of scrutiny most movies aren’t subject to. And when you stuff it with references to cool films like Happiness, Punch-Drunk Love, and Buffalo ‘66, you need to work that much harder to establish your own identity. As I was watching I was more mindful than usual of the filmmaker’s choices, more critical of dialogue, performance, and mise-en-scène. I kept looking for that…

Popular reviews

  • The Wolf of Snow Hollow

    The Wolf of Snow Hollow


    When I was a kid, my dad represented a man accused of multiple murders, and when he was acquitted of the crimes, as a show of gratitude, he took our family out to dinner at Bonanza Steakhouse. As we all sat there eating, I kept staring over at the man, wondering if he was capable of such atrocious acts. At one point, he busted me, looked up from his plate and met my gaze. He set his silverware down and…

  • Castle in the Sky

    Castle in the Sky


    When I was 19, I was shipped off to serve a two-year mission for my church and one of the rules was that we weren’t permitted worldly distractions, particularly movies. One evening, my companion and I were over at a Japanese family’s house and they threw Castle in the Sky on for their kids while we chatted about boring churchy stuff at the dining room table.

    What started as a few stolen glances quickly became a full-on apostasy as I…