The Art of Self-Defense ★★★★

get your fucking shoes off the mat.

WHAT A FUCKIN’ GOOD TIME!!!! a shame this isn’t getting any attention. every scene serves its purpose. the screenplay is precise, original & fresh. never for a second could i pin down how this was going to end nor was i looking at my watch to check the running time. i didn’t want it to end.

Riley as a director, knows tone and never misses a beat. as an audience i felt the film was feeding off our energy, it all felt very real, present, disturbing, satisfying & groundbreaking. this is going to sweep in the Indie Spirit Awards.

Jesse Eisenberg’s characterization is sublime. never thought this guy could ever give a performance that didn’t rely on his same ol’ gimmicks. Kristen Stewart... take notes.