Jason Darby

Jason Darby

Favorite films

  • Céline and Julie Go Boating
  • 8½
  • Sansho the Bailiff
  • The Godfather

Recent activity

  • Dune


  • Zack Snyder's Justice League


  • Uncut Gems


  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire


Recent reviews

  • Dune



    There's a novelty to watching David Lynch's Dune, a film notoriously plagued by production issues, multiple cuts and an attempted melding of an auteur's sensibility with big budget film making. However that novelty exists mainly in the film's reputation, rather than in practice. Rewatching this film prior to watching the new version a month or so ago, I can't help but feel that this film has ultimately suffered a fate worse than infamy. Rather, it has suffered indifference.

    Based on…

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League


    The fabled Snyder Cut of Justice League has finally hit the web and it has engendered...feelings. Regardless of your stance on the various points surrounding the production of either film--from the continued allegations of abuse hurled against Joss Whedon to the hive-mind mentality and toxicity surrounding some of the Snyder-Cut's twitter following--the question of whether or not this is a superior film to the theatrical cut is ultimately what matters from a film perspective.

    The answer to that question is…

Popular reviews

  • Quest for Camelot

    Quest for Camelot


    During the mid 1990s, studios were tripping over themselves to try and duplicate the so-called Disney formula. Even the previously artful and independent Don Bluth had sold out to copy this formula, with little to no success.

    So enter Warner Bros studios and there take on the King Arthur legends...err...medieval story that happens to have King Arthur as a side character. This film copies the Disney formula from frame 1, right down to the songs (everyone gets one, from the…

  • The Social Network

    The Social Network


    It's rare that a film comes along that so accurately captures the historical zeitgeist of the moment. The Social Network does that and more. Not only is it incredibly relevant to the modern day, but it's also a skillfully made and acted drama that works both as a cautionary tale of corporate greed but also as a drama of single minded pursuit of one's goals.

    Three things really come together to form this film, the first is the script by…