• Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    I like this okay and, credit where due, pretty easy to see twice in 48 hours but knowing the shape doesn’t help that structure much. Seems wrong dedicating something so eager for affection to Robert Downey Sr.

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Didn’t per se rewatch, but a) used the Blu-ray — with its deep blacks, bright whites, cool blues, warm yellows — to calibrate my new TV, then obviously had this sprawlingly pleasurable film serve as background noise; and b) want to share my interview with Adam Nayman on his new book David Fincher: Mind Games, where he had valuable things to say about this movie. Hope you enjoy our long (long) chat.

    “At the beginning I say it’s a real…

  • Eureka

    Eureka

    December last year Ryland Walker Knight said this "seems exactly like your shit." He was correct. Thank you Ryland.

  • Hugo

    Hugo

    No applause for producer Johnny Depp.

  • Zeros and Ones

    Zeros and Ones

    Nobody needed to make the definitive COVID movie but nonetheless amazed at how this manifests visual-aural sensations of 2020 — wandering empty streets, every meet-up a clandestine operation, failing to compartmentalize from bits and pieces of information off a phone. Had almost no idea what was going on at any moment, kept thinking my TV was fucked up. Already seems a key text.

  • Panic Room

    Panic Room

    Floats an inch or so above its minor rep. That said, should've been directed by Zemeckis.

  • The Cathedral

    The Cathedral

    "If you were this baby's parents, which film would you choose?"

  • Some Came Running

    Some Came Running

    However much I abhor the Bogdanovich school of thought that cinema is a retrospective medium whose geniuses are long gone, to witness something so totally balanced between rigor of composition and freedom of feeling, driven by an intelligence for rhythm that skirts any possible didacticism — one wonders.

  • Tokarefu

    Tokarefu

    Sincerely wonder if I'm the first person to watch this on an iPad.

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    • Watched with my mom, who said “it’s such a good movie, how they lay the suspense.” And she’s right.

    • Seeing this at 7 was almost definitely the first time I read Howard Hawks’ name.

    • While this only uses a few pieces of music over its whole runtime, each is among the greatest ever recorded.

    • It takes 70 minutes to see the mask up-close? Insane.

    • Thought about how many bad papers this movie inspired. Wonder if any focus on the few household products (Tide detergent, Quaker oats) we see. I wouldn’t read them, but still.

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    Planned on holding my tongue because I thought I’d interview Edgar Wright but the studio passed, so: this movie's pivot from dependable to dumb is one of the harshest I've seen in some time. Nice Walker Brothers cue though.

  • Bergman Island

    Bergman Island

    "I don’t know if there is really any progress or if you just stick to your own obsessions for your whole life, and sometimes something happens and you think you are on a new level — you’ve changed — and then you discover you haven’t changed at all and are still haunted by the same things."

    I interviewed Mia Hansen-Løve.