Luke Stagg

I feel like having Adam as my pfp is a bad decision 

he/him

Favorite films

  • Midnight Cowboy
  • Alien
  • Finding Nemo
  • Logan

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  • Pineapple Express

    ★★★

  • First Cow

    ★★★★½

  • Gunpowder Milkshake

    ★★

  • The Bad Seed

    ★★★½

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  • Pineapple Express

    Pineapple Express

    ★★★

    It’s almost certainly a popular take to think the ending is really bad, but… the ending is quite shit.

    Plenty of moments were laugh-out-loud funny, but never did I feel particularly “wowed” like I did with Superbad, currently the only reference point I have for Rogen and Goldberg’s comedy. Anyone that wasn’t Rogen and Franco were just parody representations of ethnicities, genders, social classes, and institutions, which has the potential to be funny, but simply wasn’t. The fact of the…

  • First Cow

    First Cow

    ★★★★½

    An intoxicating tranquility and kindness resonates from every twig snap and fire crackle. You can smell every frame. In fact, it’s hard not to. The friendship between our two men was humbling and heartwarming, their fate set in stone from the start, yet their journey full of twists and turns— that is, as twisty and turny as it can get when you’re a baker during the Gold Rush. Everything about this film felt natural, like we were on a guided…

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  • The Bad Seed

    The Bad Seed

    ★★★½

    This film is a perfect example of how context is key to understanding a piece of art. Like all good art, I think the context around a film truly does impact how great or poor it is. Understanding just what restrictions and hurdles a film had to go through, or knowing what a director values and whether they had free reign, can impact the way we analyze and view the end product. The Bad Seed is probably most famous for…

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★½

    To me, this is undeniably James Wan’s most self-aware film. The second and third sequences of the film (the first ten minutes… I’m not spoiling anything) set up some of Wan’s most infamous reoccurring tropes: a pregnant mother, a big house near a streetlight, and a husband and wife (except this time, the husband isn’t as nice as Patrick Wilson…). As one of his famous “still, then careful pan, then deathly still again” camera movements occurred on screen for about…