Tom Hyde

Tom Hyde


Can’t wait to burn in hell for my 21st century skew.

Favorite films

  • Western
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
  • Moneyball

Recent activity

  • House of Gucci


  • Spencer


  • Eternals


  • Dune


Recent reviews

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch



    All formalism, no heart.

  • Dune




    Tom knew then what had made those pages so great, the towering achievements cast in flax stone. And he knew what would inevitably make visual translation so difficult. "Thoughts have no eyes but those inside." (An old Earth saying, first uttered.) Dune is perception. Myth and history. Its certainty echoed and expanded: Dune resides not in the sands of Arrakis but in the minds of its characters, in the subtle glances and the mental politics. In the litanies, in…

Popular reviews

  • mother!




    Up from 51. No second viewing required, just a super-nerdy, super-convoluted eureka moment analogy to reconcile the fact that I didn't like it first time round. (Note: I didn't actively seek any reason to like this, I was perfectly content with not. This just popped into my head and fundamentally dismantled my primary criticism of the film, which I can't ignore.) My position was that the allegories/metaphors in mother! were so messy, so poorly formulated, sloppily portrayed, and uncomplimentary…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


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


    It's difficult to know where to begin. I've said to some friends that the way I feel about this film is presumably how they felt about TLJ, in magnitude if not argument, as at least that film sparked a vitriol pointed enough to be interesting in its own right. This, on the other hand, is just another generically bad blockbuster venture from the franchise thought immune to such banality. TRoS is by far the most forgettable Star Wars ever…