Zach Cheney

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Favorite films

  • The Thin Man
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Harold and Maude
  • The Hot Spot

Recent activity

  • The Abominable Snow Rabbit

  • The Blob

  • The Thing

  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Recent reviews

  • The Blob

    The Blob

    There’s nothing quite like, or quite so special as, a theatrical double feature, especially one at my go-to cinema. The feeling that it isn’t over at intermission, that we’re all just stretching our legs together, standing in the concession together for coffee and snacks, standing in the bathroom line together reacting to the first film and anticipating the second, and a whole different phenomenology of seating when you return to your spot for the second half (it’s like a living…

  • The Thing

    The Thing

    Putting out the fire with kerosene…

    A film born of the male id, coursing with masculine anxiety, with primal testosterone: a stripped-down setting, obsessed with survival (until it accepts the inevitable and pivots toward the annihilation of the unnameable other), an all-male cast constantly throwing literal fire at any threat, forcing and then watching each one cut himself, drinking whisky without ever drinking water or eating food, and the only sign of affection ever exhibited is directed toward dogs. 

    You know, The Thing!

Popular reviews

  • Gone in Sixty Seconds

    Gone in Sixty Seconds

    After Nic Cage goes all Zen-Buddhist listening to "Low Rider," then opens his eyes and says, "Let's ride," I told my wife to bury me with the blu-ray of this movie.

  • One Hundred and One Nights

    One Hundred and One Nights


    Are you familiar or in love with the following:

    Fellini/Mastroianni collaborations
    Mastroianni's repartee with Anouk Aimée
    Jean-Paul Belmondo
    Catherine Deneuve
    Robert De Niro (w/ ponytail)
    Alain Delon
    the Lumière brothers
    the Cannes Film Festival
    Luis Buñuel
    Gerard Depardieu's death scenes
    Welles & Touch of Evil
    Jeanne Moreau
    Jean Renoir
    Erich von Stroheim (in The Grand Illusion & Sunset Boulevard)
    Agnès Varda (esp. Cleo, Le Bonheur, & Vagabond)
    Jacques Demy (esp. Young Girls)
    and/or cinema?

    Then this is for you. Viewing this was…