Andrew Dignan

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Favorite films

  • Gilda
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
  • Code Unknown
  • Oppenheimer

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  • The Hunt for Red October

    ★★★

  • The Nun

  • Dune: Part Two

    ★★★

  • Oppenheimer

    ★★★★½

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  • Pete's Dragon

    Pete's Dragon

    ★★★★

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

    Marked with spoilers, not because I’m really spoiling much of anything (although I suppose I do give away the final scene of a seven-year-old Disney film) but because I went long and sentimental/self-reflective on this one and I don’t want to gum up everyone’s t/l if I can help it. Also for those who are triggered by these kinds of things, I talk about the death of a beloved animal in pretty stark detail. I know I avoid reading that…

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  • The Hunt for Red October

    The Hunt for Red October

    ★★★

    First viewing in twenty-plus years. A perfectly serviceable, catch any ten minutes on basic cable and you’re golden, film that inexplicably has been elevated to modern classic in certain circles and I’m failing to see it. Arguably lets the viewer in on Ramius’ decision to defect with the sub too early as the sense of uncertainty as to why he’s gone rogue provides a real charge to the film’s first act (although casting Connery at this stage of his career…

  • Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    ★★★

    To a certain extent you can ignore me as I’m also the person who believes the Lord of the Rings films get worse as they go along, in very large part because they become a series of technically impressive but mostly dramatically inconsequential battle sequences. Further I’m agnostic, verging on hostile, towards Villeneuve where even his better films strike me as handsome-looking yet exhaustingly self-serious (recent rewatch of Part One, which I still *sorta* like, was trending in this direction).…

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    ★★

    When I was a little kid, growing up solidly middle class, I had a lot of toys. But my parents, mindful of the expanding clutter that comes from the accumulation of “stuff,” presented me with an ultimatum: if I went long enough without playing with my toys then I’d have to get rid of them before I could get any new ones. They didn’t care what I did with them: throw them out, sell them at a yard sale, give…

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★½

    Pick. A. Fucking. Metaphor. Diana as a wild horse that can’t be tamed. Diana as beautiful but dumb pheasants, bred to be killed. Diana as currency being passed between men. Diana as a P.O.W. (Princess of Wales, clever that). Diana as Anne Boleyn (literally conversing with her ghost and sharing horror stories about their respective husbands). And that’s not even counting all the torturous business with Diana’s obsession with her father’s ratty old jacket, contrasted with the gowns she’s instructed…