Favorite films

  • Nashville
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • The Master

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  • Dune

    ★★★★

  • Daimajin

    ★★★½

  • The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly

    ★★★

  • Halloween Kills

    ★★★★

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    An absolutely colossal experience.

    Watched it at home because I'm trying to squeeze it in around work stuff, but I honestly think I'll be making a trip to theaters at some point just to bask in the sheer scale it all.

    Less idiosyncratic and narratively satisfying than Lynch's Dune, but it portends great things if they're actually allowed to adapt the rest of the book (which I think got greenlit, like, today).

  • Daimajin

    Daimajin

    ★★★½

    Normally, kaiju films don't really enter into my spooky season viewing plans, but one (non-Godzilla vs. Kong) entry was on the Hooptober list this year, so here we are.

    The good news is - well, I shouldn't frame it like that. It's all good news. I picked the perfect one, and it's available in a stunning new transfer from Arrow Video. Even though the titular stone god doesn't appear for a very long time, this whole thing is drenched in…

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  • Dave Chappelle: The Closer

    Dave Chappelle: The Closer

    ★★½

    Everyone keeps asking why Chappelle cares so much about litigating the rights of transgender people, but he outright says at the beginning of the special that he's jealous of the increasing acceptance of members of the LGBTQ community by society, particularly as compared to the struggles of black men and women in this country. He even illustrates it via an early anecdote, stressing that "they're a minority, until it's convenient for them to be white." It's easy to see how…

  • Bone Tomahawk

    Bone Tomahawk

    ★★★★

    Before it takes a turn into its severely grim final act, this is a surprisingly nimble, endearingly well-cast riff on The Searchers. Of course, that turn is so sharp and so complete that it leads to my one quibble with the film - that it doesn't quite prepare the audience for where it's going to go. Granted, a lot of people are coming into this thinking "cannibal western, all right" but I'm willing to bet most won't have that knowledge,…