Billy Jepma

Billy Jepma

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The human embodiment of a coffee table.

Favorite films

  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Tarzan
  • Lady Bird

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  • The Last Duel

  • Spectral

    ★★

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

    ★★★½

  • The Ninth Jedi

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  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I am really, viscerally floored by so much of this. Scott's direction is arguably masterful, both in its thrilling staging of the brutal, messy violence and its portrayal of the petty, political melodrama that occupies most of the running time. This would make for a killer pairing with Gladiator, honestly, as The Last Duel is an antithesis to the heroic, almost messianic masculinity in the former movie. Scott’s effortlessly cinematic direction is a great fit for this story, as he takes…

  • Spectral

    Spectral

    ★★

    My future father-in-law insisted we watch this tonight, which I’m actually glad for, because now I know I can’t trust his movie recommendations. To be fair, this isn’t entirely unenjoyable. It’s essentially a SyFy Original Movie with a decent budget behind it, and on those terms, it functions as the kind of late night watch you only half pay attention to. 

    There are some unique visual flourishes, a decent production, and enough neat sci-fi ideas to give it a slight edge over…

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  • Skyfall

    Skyfall

    ★★★★½

    Just a killer spy movie. It’s still got its bouts of silliness (as it should), but it also delves a bit deeper into its characters and interrogates the role they play in the world, asking if it’s actually living up to the promise of “the greater good.” It’s a little surface level, sure, but Javier Bardem reaaallly sells it, so it works for me. I’m also a sucker for a good action (which this is, and then some) that’s got something…

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    ★★★½

    Wes Craven is such an inspired director that only he could pull off a glorious cocktail of dopey campiness and grotesque horror like this.

    It's aged worse than other staples of the genre, but it's impressive just how imaginative Craven is with what appears to have been a shoestring budget. The production designs are mostly unremarkable, yet the way Craven directs his audience through them is sublime. I love how murky and slippery the film is, how it revels in…