movies, media, & human behavior. Cowrote The Wes Anderson Collection: Isle of Dogs with Ryan Stevenson.
Léon: The Professional 1994
this movie is predicated on the idea that a New York hitman who drinks a half gallon of milk every day would be buying it in two little quart containers from the grocery store each morning. very “written by a Frenchman”
Reservoir Dogs 1992
That this is someone’s first real feature is embarrassing for other gangster movies, to be honest. The time-jumping thing is way more than a gimmick here (unlike in Pulp Fiction, where it kind of is)—the film metes out information to us with such precision. A good movie takes care to not make you feel dumb; a great movie makes you feel smart. This is one of those.
Licorice Pizza 2021
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A warm tribute to a kind of relationship I feel like lots of us have stuffed way in the back of a mental drawer: the ill-advised crush turned briefly, oddly, achingly mutual, transmuted not into a romantic relationship but into an ambiguous, charged entanglement.
Alana's reluctant seduction by Gary in the first few scenes strikes me as incredibly psychologically realistic. She outlines a boundary upfront and continues verbally repeating it, but by her actions edges toward it out of curiosity.…
I shit you not, there’s a scene, underscored by strings, where Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler are lying supine with her shirt undone, and Affleck takes a couple of animal crackers and starts doing a David Attenborough narration as he walks the animal crackers “up north” to her bra and then “down south” to her panties
then Affleck says, “I wonder if there’s anyone else on this planet doing this exact thing at this exact time”
she says, “I hope so.”
then “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” starts playing