John Gruber

John Gruber

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Favorite films

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

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  • The Many Saints of Newark

    ★★★★

  • No Time to Die

    ★★★★

  • Candyman

  • The Rolling Stones: Charlie Is My Darling - Ireland 1965

    ★★★★

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  • The Many Saints of Newark

    The Many Saints of Newark

    ★★★★

    The common problem with prequels is exemplified by the Star Wars series. You make a movie (or a series) where there’s a rich backstory. The backstory is so intriguing it demands being put to film. But you put it to film and the backstory itself has no backstory. A successful prequel ought to make you feel like you’d like to see a prequel to the prequel.

    “The Many Saints of Newark” is a successful prequel.

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★★

    A fitting finale. I’ll go to my grave arguing that Sam Mendes was not a good fit for Bond. Fukunaga is. A beautiful, wonderful opening sequence. A fairly cohesive story. Some of the action sequence devolve into video game likeness, but they are all shot well. It’s a long running time but it’s earned. (Ana de Armas nearly steals the show.)

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  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★★

    Just preposterously dumb. One thing these movies always seem to cheat on is scale. Sometimes Kong seems like he’s maybe like 6 or 7 stories tall. Other times he’s as tall as a skyscraper. Maybe that’s just me?

    Anyway, whatever you do, if you decide to watch this, don’t go into it thinking of it as a movie. A narrative that you sit back and enjoy and think about as a cohesive story unfolds. Think of it more like a…

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    ★★★★

    Hadn’t seen it since the theatrical release. Enjoyed it more than I remembered — perhaps because I’m getting old, and more receptive to nostalgia, and pondering death. Brad Pitt is truly sensational. He’s so good.