Sam Van Hallgren

Sam Van Hallgren Pro

Producer, co-founder Filmspotting.

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

Favorite films

  • TÁR
  • The Lost Daughter
  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Recent activity

  • Frybread Face and Me


  • The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes


  • Wish


  • Ben-Hur


Recent reviews

  • Frybread Face and Me

    Frybread Face and Me


    What a beautiful movie.

    It’s not fair to either movie to compare them, but I’m going to do it anyway: this movie provides the perspective that I found myself wishing I was getting more of in Killers of the Flower Moon. Yes, Scorsese’s film is about the Osage Nation in the 1920s. This is about a single Navajo family in the 90s. But what this movie offers is sustained attention to the traditions, the tragedies, the generational heartache, and the…

  • The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

    The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes


    The rare inverse of the typical scenario where you get prequels that fill in backstory you never needed and provide origin stories you wish you never had. This one - the best of the hunger games movies by some margin - turns the hunger games series itself into the thing you wish never existed. There remains what I can only describe as a YA sheen to this that is probably unavoidable: a handsomeness to the young actors that undermines some…

Popular reviews

  • La La Land

    La La Land


    I've taken all of your criticisms into account and have determined that you're all wrong.

  • John Wick

    John Wick


    Like if Damien Chazelle had studied murder in college instead of jazz.