Cinephile; luftmensch; dad; husband; progressive; agnostic; filmmaker; UCLA '94, MFA '99.
This may not be your jam but I find this film fascinating. It was a flop (it came out just weeks after Raiders of the Lost Ark which turns out to be a bad idea) and honestly the Hollywood it’s sending up no longer existed by the time it was released. The film began its life in 1976 and you can tell: Edwards is trying to come to terms with New Hollywood on his terms but by 1981 that movement was…
Leave it to Tom Hanks to make a movie at once pointedly rebuking Trumpism while also being good natured and free of cynicism. Makes a fine double feature with the Coens’ True Grit. Both feature Elizabeth Marvel! I usually grumble about ex-Confederate western heroes but here it seems entirely appropriate. The hero couldn’t have been Union veteran. Great cinematography by Dariusz Wolski.
Beasts of the Northern Wild. Aims to be an elegy for San Francisco but felt to me like a hairshirt for guilty gentrifiers. It almost came off as apologia for gentrification since the main characters Quixotic quest is so absurd the gentrifiers seem sober and sensible by comparison. The main character’s backstory, a compendium of Black dysfunction and downward mobility may be based in truth but it felt like misery porn. His suffering makes him “authentic” and “real” but when…
If Clint hadn’t started talking to chairs he might have made this movie. This movie is sure to disappoint and frustrate Scorsese’s douchebag fans and I absolutely love that this movie comes on the heels of both Hustlers and Joker which have used Scorsese as a playbook for box office success. The maestro has moved on. This is autumnal Scorsese, Ozu Scorsese. Quiet Scorsese. If you loved Silence then you’ll love this and if you didn’t, well you might want…