Michael Heimbaugh

You’ve been chosen as an extra / in the movie adaptation / of the sequel to your life

Favorite films

  • Uncut Gems
  • Miami Vice
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Do the Right Thing

Recent activity

  • Zombie 3

  • House of 1000 Corpses

  • The Lair of the White Worm

  • The Score

Pinned reviews

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    “These were his people.”

    A terrific continuation of what I’ve decided to dub the “Pynchon phase” of Anderson’s career. Since Moonrise Kingdom, his films have grown more and more driven by the creation of hyper-specific in-film universes marked by (1) an almost absurd attention to esoteric detail, (2) the strong influence of 20th century history and pop culture, and (3) a deep overarching sense of world-weariness. This just might be his most Pynchonesque work yet: packed like a dense star…

  • R.E.M. Road Movie

    R.E.M. Road Movie

    I   L O V E   Y O U

    R.E.M.—aka my absolute favorite band of all time, ever—just released a 25th-anniversary deluxe remastered edition of 1994’s excellent Monster. The reissue has given me a much deeper appreciation of a record I’d always underrated—not exactly an easy listen, to be sure, but it’s still some of their best and most strangely beautiful work. In that spirit, I figured I’d finally give this overlooked nugget from the Monster-adjacent era (a major contender for the band’s…

Recent reviews

  • House of 1000 Corpses

    House of 1000 Corpses

    Hooptober IX: The Hoop o’ Nine Tobes

    (1 bloodthirsty old person/people film)

    If I Wanted To Listen To An Asshole….
    I’D FART!!!

    My first “real” Rob Zombie movie (I don’t think El Superbeasto qualifies as a “movie” so much as a huge pulsating tumor birthed one night at 3 AM from the skull of an Adult Swim viewer)—exhausting and gross and dumb and silly just like any good slasher pic should be. Love how good he is (much like…

  • The Lair of the White Worm

    The Lair of the White Worm

    Hooptober IX: The Hoop o’ Nine Tobes

    (2 insect-centered* films—1/2)

    Or, Let’ssssssss Go Crazy**

    “I’ve heard of penis envy before, but this is ridiculous!”

    First movie of Hooptober this year is also my first Ken Russell joint—and whad’ya know, it rules! Already knew I liked Amanda Donohoe from her bit roles in Liar Liar and The Madness of King George and seeing this unparalleled showcase for her talents only confirms it. She’s nothing short of a miracle, leaving no…

Popular reviews

  • Flight of the Conchords: Live in London

    Flight of the Conchords: Live in London

    🎶 They used to be slayin’ and slayin’ and slayin’, and now they’re gayin’ and gayin’ and gayin’

    All my love and respect to queer icons Stana and Anats.

  • Joe Pera Talks You to Sleep

    Joe Pera Talks You to Sleep

    “If you have a crummy day coming up tomorrow, just remind yourself that, ‘At least I’m not in jail like Bernie Madoff.’ Or maybe you are. I don't know. I'm sorry.”

    Bittersweet, incredibly calming, quietly hilarious, surprisingly beautiful. I’m so glad this exists. If you’re reading this, I hope you have a great sleep tonight. Good night.