Michael Heimbaugh

You’ve been chosen as an extra / in the movie adaptation / of the sequel to your life

Favorite films

  • Uncut Gems
  • Vanilla Sky
  • Nowhere
  • Turkish Delight

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  • A Night at the Opera

  • Meltdown: Three Mile Island

  • Top Gun

  • Inglourious Basterds

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  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    “These were his people.”

    A terrific continuation of what I’ve decided to dub the “Pynchon phase” of Anderson’s career. Since Moonrise Kingdom, his films have grown more and more driven by the creation of hyper-specific in-film universes marked by (1) an almost absurd attention to esoteric detail, (2) the strong influence of 20th century history and pop culture, and (3) a deep overarching sense of world-weariness. This just might be his most Pynchonesque work yet: packed like a dense star…

  • R.E.M. Road Movie

    R.E.M. Road Movie

    I   L O V E   Y O U

    R.E.M.—aka my absolute favorite band of all time, ever—just released a 25th-anniversary deluxe remastered edition of 1994’s excellent Monster. The reissue has given me a much deeper appreciation of a record I’d always underrated—not exactly an easy listen, to be sure, but it’s still some of their best and most strangely beautiful work. In that spirit, I figured I’d finally give this overlooked nugget from the Monster-adjacent era (a major contender for the band’s…

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  • Hudson Hawk

    Hudson Hawk

    Would you like to swing on a star*
    Carry moonbeams home in a jar**
    And be better off than you are***—
    Or would you rather be a mule****?

    *—wholeheartedly embrace the witty, esoteric screenwriting of the guys behind two of the best movies of the late '80s as they spin this demented yarn about a petty criminal from Jersey who just wants to enjoy a decent cappuccino but keeps getting interrupted by a shadowy maelstrom of secret societies and art…

  • Captain Blood

    Captain Blood

    “Heigh-ho for the Governor’s foot!”

    The madman Curtiz would perfect his diabolical formula 3 years later with The Adventures of Robin Hood, which boasts better photography, a better Korngold score, and a better Flynn-Rathbone swordfight. Nonetheless, this remains a damn fine swashbuckler—full to bursting with daring stunts, eccentric British character actors and biting quips from its then-unknown star, who swiftly proves himself an all-timer devilishly charming sonovabitch. And holy moly, Olivia de Havilland really is just one of the most radiantly lovely people to ever exist huh

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  • Flight of the Conchords: Live in London

    Flight of the Conchords: Live in London

    🎶 They used to be slayin’ and slayin’ and slayin’, and now they’re gayin’ and gayin’ and gayin’

    All my love and respect to queer icons Stana and Anats.

  • Love & Peace

    Love & Peace

    “Love leaves destruction in his wake!”

    Sion Sono has quite the imagination. I’ve only seen two of his films—this and 2008’s Love Exposure—but the latter is a major favorite of mine, a 4-hour thrill ride that mixes religion, sex, mental illness, rock ‘n roll and Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion into a demented romcom stew. So naturally, I expected to dig Rabu & Pîsu just as much.

    Verdict: Man, I loved so much of what this wanted to be about but was…