Ari

Erstwhile cinephile, errant academic, procrastinating dilettante, and otherwise gadfly mildly befuddled by our current cultural moment.

Favorite films

  • Stolen Kisses
  • Gentleman Jim
  • The Shop Around the Corner
  • Videodrome

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  • The Apartment

    ★★★★★

  • Moonfall

    ★★★

  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★★½

  • The Bad Guys

    ★★★

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  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★★★

    Easily one of the ten great romantic comedies. Yet it's easy to forget that it's about broken, suicidal people in the context of male sexual predators abusing their own power at a high point of white male corporate American dominance.

  • Moonfall

    Moonfall

    ★★★

    A film about the perils of AI should not appear to have been written by AI programmed on formulaic apocalyptic films and conspiracy theories. Whatever, the premise is tin foil hat wearing batshit insanity. Even the 2001 indebted but completely leaden exposition sequence that explains what's happening takes on a fever pitched delirium. But, let's face it, this is Roland Emmerich's masterpiece, a wonderfully misbegotten film that begs the question as to how many times can you imagine the earth being destroyed. The answer apparently is not that many,

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★

    File Under: Post-Apocalyptic Looney Tunes Adolescent Nostalgia Fantasy Fetish.

  • Landscapers

    Landscapers

    ★★½

    Despite the great lead performances, this is typical true crime material stretched thin for a limited series. I guess one's reaction to it hinges on how one appreciates its ostensible departure from the genre with its fantastical elements, visual flourishes, and playful touches. They quickly became annoying to me, a showy way of diverting from the thin material. What works in an Errol Morris documentary does not work for fiction. Sure, its meta quality becomes a perfect foil to the…