Sam Van Hallgren

Producer, co-founder Filmspotting.

"Favorite Films" my fave of each of the last four years (h/t Tim Hoiland).

Favorite films

  • C'mon C'mon
  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things
  • Little Women
  • The Rider

Recent activity

  • Don't Worry Darling


  • School of Rock


  • The Woman King


  • Jaws


Recent reviews

  • Don't Worry Darling

    Don't Worry Darling

    Was really rooting for this one because I just couldn’t imagine this many talented people agreeing to make an ill-conceived [REDACTED] riff. But there was something off about this one from the beginning. Despite ace production design, some wonderful photography and sound design, and Florence Pugh Doing The Work, the movie fails to create a coherent reality, instead fluctuating between unnerving imagery to insinuating exposition. Unfortunately, none of it adds up. (Even less so in retrospect.) Characters are somehow with…

  • School of Rock

    School of Rock


    Not an exaggeration to say that Black’s performance is one of the all-time greats. Like put this in a museum great.

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