I balk at the idea of rating art, yet here I am. Always trying to learn. Can't be static, I suppose.

Favorite films

  • The Third Man
  • Blow Out
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • The Florida Project

Recent activity

  • Savages


  • Mass


  • River Runs Red

  • A Mighty Wind


Recent reviews

  • A Mighty Wind

    A Mighty Wind


    I'm not sure what Eugene Levy is doing in this, or, really moreso what he's aiming for in this. That's the first time I've ever felt that or used that clichéd construction, but there we have it. Talking about it 19 years later. Anyway, I'm glad someone recalls Peter, Paul and Mary fondly enough to construct that extended gag. Overall, enjoyable for folkies and fellow travellers, and successful as both a gentle, endearing comedy and a stealth musical.

  • Basic Instinct

    Basic Instinct


    The murder weapon? Those surges of Jerry Goldsmith strings. Lethal.

Popular reviews

  • Enemy of the State

    Enemy of the State


    There's nothing like an anti-surveillance state, conspiracy thriller to lift my mood.

    Enemy of the State, which is one of the first 'grown up' films I remember seeing, should be credited with sparking my <s>paranoia</s> reasonable, logically-founded fears and concerns. An introduction to mature awareness of potential for abuse of state power. I used to fantasise about having to destroy all traces of my life, disappear, go underground, because of an errant phone call.

    It's tremendous fun. Tony Scott's pacing…

  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace


    Brutal and sensitive. Underpinned by Thomasin McKenzie's central performance of glorious tenderness, innocence, and deep emotional strength. Ben Foster moves mountains. Directed such that it unfolds gently and naturally, but never flagging, always giving us something to think about, something to feel, something to wonder, people to sit with, a landscape to marvel at, contradictions to absorb. I haven't been moved in this way since I saw The Florida Project. I have more thoughts, but I'm just going to let this one sit with me for the moment.