William Hopper

Chicago movie lover, currently looking for work, please, I am running out of food.

Favorite films

  • Barry Lyndon
  • Hot Fuzz
  • Vertigo
  • Mulholland Drive

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  • Soul Man

  • Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street

    ★★★

  • Hudson Hawk

  • The Matrix Reloaded

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  • Soul Man

    Soul Man

    Occasionally a joke will hit like a gut punch and squeeze a chortle out of me, but this flick is DRY as a motherfucker. It’s comedy is very much people standing around, acting like doofuses and stammering on, while other people just look on in confusion. It’s all just so drawn out and comes off as some low-rent National Lampoon spin-off. My parents and a lot of people who were young in the 80s seem to have fond memories of…

  • Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street

    Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street

    ★★★

    Thoughts rescued from my notes app from the night I watched this:

    OCTOBER 19th: SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

    It’s a success because it places a film that’s so often seen as a simple curio or an oddity into a broader cultural context. What does A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 being the “first gay horror film” mean to a country that is on the verge of the AIDS epidemic? What did the film’s reputation at that point…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    I saw this three days ago and I still cannot stop thinking about it. It has been so long since I've seen a movie where every single plot point I found to be genuinely moving on some level. For all the elements of a classical tragedy that's here, there's just as much a sense of playfulness in how they're conveyed; every camera movement, every cut, every use of montage feels so perfectly exact, but never stuffy. It reminds me a…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    Jesus, this was therapeutic. Who would have thought that at the end of the year, my top two films would be so radically different?- 'Nocturnal Animals': a sort of tribute to nihilism, and this, 'La La Land': perhaps the most joyful film experience of the last decade. Strangely, both contain the theme of reality meeting fantasy in explosive fashion, yet each in extremely dissimilar ways.

    There was something distinctly unique about my screening, as I was watching the film up…