Andrew Dignan

Andrew Dignan

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Favorite films are the best "new to me" films watched the previous year (one film per decade).

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  • Happily

    Happily

    ★★

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

    Kind of a mess, really. Grabinski, who made the leap from Film Twitter personality to film director, has conceived of a reasonably promising, Matheson-like, premise for his first feature but it remains largely under-realized. Our two leads are told by a mysterious stranger (Stephen Root) who turns up at their door that their happy marriage, filled with spirited and frequent sex and mutual respect a decade-plus in, is the result of a design flaw--biological? Mechanical? Spiritual? The particulars are vague--and…

  • Happy Together

    Happy Together

    ★★½

    This is actually the first pre-2000 work of Wong’s that I’ve seen and while that’s embarrassing to admit it does provide what, I can only assume, is the inverse of what fans who went into IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE cold must have felt at the time. My assumptions of what constitutes a WKW film were almost instantly dashed: the film is jittery and loose instead of stately and swoony and (at least initially) filmed in washed out black and…

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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…

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★½

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

    A crushing disappointment really*, all the more so as I appear to be out of step with the rest of the internet on its lousiness. Wright’s way too accomplished a filmmaker for this to be a total wash but the film strives for a tricky confection of tones and what it arrives at is curdled. If HOT FUZZ took a comical premise and populates it with deadly serious characters, this tries the inverse, setting the film in a world of…