Taylor Leverage

Just a guy who likes movies.

Favorite films

  • Rashomon
  • Heat
  • Harakiri
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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  • Dark Star

    ★½

  • Betty Blue

    ★★★½

  • Forty Guns

    ★★★

  • The Toxic Avenger

    ★★★

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  • Dark Star

    Dark Star

    ★½

    Dark Star is a suprisingly influential cult classic, a relatively early parody of the space opera style that Kubrick and Tarkovsky were creating sincerely; it marked the directorial debut for John Carpenter and was an influence in the creation of Alien (both of which were written or co-written by the versatile Dan O'Bannon). Made on a very limited budget from a student-film inception, the production team makes good use of what they have on hand to create some pretty decent…

  • Betty Blue

    Betty Blue

    ★★★½

    Cinema needs more crossdressing crime sprees.

    Is there a more French love story than a 185-minute whirlwind romance between an itinerant writer/bungalow painter/waiter/piano salesman and a woman with debilitating mental issues that frequently assaults people viciously? If so, I haven't seen it. Betty Blue is one of the most torrid and unstable romances in film, told in a protracted and slow way. However, that's part of the point - reflecting back on the whole of the journey taken between Béatrice…

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  • Primer

    Primer

    ★★★½

    2004 was a wacky time for clothing dude. Why do these guys dress up like Jehovah's Witnesses to go work in their garage?

    It's a bit funny that Primer is all about building a prototype of something new, because what Shane Carruth (in a ridiculous number of jobs, as writer, director, producer, star, editor, and composer) did with science fiction would be picked up and given the big-budget treatment to greater popularity further down the line - piling on the…

  • Disenchanted

    Disenchanted

    ★★

    She's not the one wearing a crown but Idina Menzel is the queen of this film; the others are actors with good voices, but Menzel is a legitimately accomplished vocalist and her slightly shoehorned song is the best of the soundtrack.

    When you try to subvert the original subversive film, you just end up back where you started. Disenchanted relies far more heavily on the standard trappings of the fairy tale/fantasy genre while its much more successful predecessor directly played…