DustinBaker

I love the moving pictures

Favorite films

  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • Blade Runner
  • The Truman Show
  • The Thing

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  • Nightmare Alley

    ★★★★½

  • The Card Counter

    ★★★★

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★½

  • Don't Look Up

    ★★★½

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  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    ★★★★½

    Really enjoyed this one more than I expected too based on some of the early reviews. It’s moody and maybe a bit melodramatic but it’s characters and themes are on point. It’s not everyday we get a movie like this with the budget it has. Where the plot is going is very clearly laid out for us but that being said, watching it get there is pretty neat.

    The set design was top notch as always from Del Toro. The…

  • The Card Counter

    The Card Counter

    ★★★★

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

    Another solid entry into Schrader’s “lonely man” series. A slow burn of movie, much like the slow reality of an actual poker game. Follows similar patterns to his other work but manages to tell a different kind of story. Or at least it's a story that desperately wants to be a different kind of story, just as William Tell sees an opportunity to be a different kind of man. The tragedy is that it doesn't work.

    Past Lonely Men in…

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  • Escape from L.A.

    Escape from L.A.

    ★★★★

    What a wild sequel to a Carpenter classic and I think I love it? It’s doesn’t take itself nearly as seriously as NY but it works in its advantage. Feels like Carpenter was taking a lot of his frustrations and cynicism about LA and Hollywood out in this and it rules. He knows what he wants to poke fun at and whether it’s plastic surgery or the decline of America, he doesn’t hold back. 
    I don’t know what I love more, Snake playing apocalyptic basketball to save his own life or him surfing a tsunami wave while Steve Buscemi tries to escape?

  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★★

    What a power house of a movie. Mad it’s taken me this long to see it and I’m just floored by everything about it. What an important and relevant film for our times.

    There’s so much to be said about what this movie is about but one thing that I have taken away from it:
    Doing the “right” thing is a decision that means a lot of different things to different people depending on their race, socioeconomic status, class, and…