Arlo Wiley

I like movies.

Favorite Films = Favorite recent first-time viewings.

Favorite films

  • Hit the Road
  • Nope
  • Children of Paradise
  • Apur Sansar

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  • White Christmas

    ★★

  • The Muppet Christmas Carol

    ★★★★★

  • Encino Man

    ★★★½

  • Katrina Babies

    ★★★★½

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  • Halloween Ends

    Halloween Ends

    ★★★★

    There are great slashers, some truly great films, like the original Halloween. There's also a lot of garbage, including a number of Halloween sequels, that seem filled with contempt for the viewer. What a welcome surprise, then, that the thirteenth film in a series with three different timelines is this thoughtful and provocative.

    David Gordon Green's trilogy has become an exploration of how trauma affects not just the individual but their community. Few towns in America have endured as much…

  • V/H/S/99

    V/H/S/99

    ★★★★

    As an ardent fan of this grungy, low-budget anthology series since the very first entry a decade ago, this is the best one since V/H/S/2. Opening segments "Shredding" and "Suicide Bid" had me worried, showing the same overreliance on cheap practical FX as in V/H/S/94.

    Then comes the masterful "Ozzy's Dungeon," as funny as it is chilling, directed by the brilliant musician Flying Lotus and featuring two hilarious performances from Sonya Eddy and Steven Ogg. That one's the showstopper, but "The Gawkers" and "To Hell and Back" are both very fun. I hope they make one of these every year.

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  • Ruby Sparks

    Ruby Sparks

    ★★★★½

    I've written ten screenplays and several short films. The most widely read script of mine has been read by about half-a-dozen people, but I still consider myself a writer first and foremost. As you're writing, your work is solely yours. Once you've finished, it remains yours. But as soon as you release it into the world, as soon as you share it with one friend or colleague, that changes. It doesn't belong to you anymore. Sure, if your work is…

  • ThanksKilling 3

    ThanksKilling 3

    ½

    I give both this and the original ThanksKilling half-a-star. But if ThanksKilling 3 is the baseline for all movies, then the original deserves at least three stars. Seriously, the first may be an awful movie, but there's a sort of innocent simplicity about it, and it can be fun to mock. ThanksKilling 3, on the other hand, is a genuine monstrosity, a soul-sucking void where happiness goes to die. It is relentlessly crude, smug, mean-spirited, witless, and joyless. I'm fairly…