David Raposa

yeah, I'm thinking I'm back (to help myself remember movies I've watched by jotting down some notes)

Favorite films

  • Sweet Smell of Success
  • Carol
  • Point Blank
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Recent activity

  • Savageland

  • Lethal Weapon

  • Evil Dead Trap

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

Recent reviews

  • Savageland


    I adore everything about this movie -- its pretty-successful verisimilitude (including some A+ trial-transcript photocopies and solid newspaper mock-ups), the way it either plays up or goofs on true-crime documentary tricks, the score, the even-more-topical immigrant / border discussions happening throughout (& the too-real personification of the build-the-wall supports / boosters), those photographs, the way this plays as a better realization of what Max Brooks' World War Z was seemingly going for than the Brad Pitt film -- and just…

  • Lethal Weapon

    Lethal Weapon

    I'm trying to imagine some producers, or maybe even Donner himself, reading Shane Black's script -- which seems to explicitly be the story of two Vietnam War vets, dealing with their shit in their own way, trying to gain some sort of over-the-top proxy revenge on the assholes they had to report to while serving overseas -- and deciding to not only reduce the Vietnam War throughline to a handful of shoutouts (similar to Die Hard's did-they-just-mention-that treatment of WWII…

Popular reviews

  • The Swimmer

    The Swimmer


    As a pointed commentary on "modern living" (b/w some sly scuttlebutt about the gulf between haves and have-nots), as a sympathetic yet unflinching depiction of a man's misspent life, as an embodiment of his fractured delusions, as a cautionary tale about the poisonous allure of nostalgia, as a possibly accidental case of form mirroring function (cf. the mismatched cuts serving to reflect Merrill's addled state of mind), and most definitely as a testament to Burt Lancaster's ability to simultaneously embody virility and vulnerability, this film is 99.99.99% perfect.

  • A Most Wanted Man

    A Most Wanted Man


    What Philip Seymour Hoffman says at the end of the film.

    Note to other movies: If you want to get on my good side, conflate political bureaucracy with brutalist architecture.