H.I. Otis-Martinson

H.I. Otis-Martinson

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Filmmaker on the rise, amateur critic, will watch any movie in your four favorites.

Favorite films

  • Once
  • The Florida Project
  • Only Yesterday
  • Kiki's Delivery Service

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  • The Burning

    ★★★½

  • Dune

    ★★★★★

  • Maniac

    ★★★★

  • Cigarette Burns

    ★★★★

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  • The Piano

    The Piano

    ★★★★★

    For some reason, I've been fixated on the minority opinion that this movie is boring, or that the character dynamics are somehow problematic in a way that the film isn't pointedly wrestling with. Feel how you want to about whatever you want to, but did we watch the same movie? Did those folks just forget to press play on it?

    Every single frame of The Piano is absolutely arresting. It is feminism as the richness of mind and soul, as…

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★★

    "You can't kill the boogeyman"

    I've been thinking a lot about Halloween this last year. Obviously, I re-watched it a few months back, and plowed through the whole franchise. I've also seen all of John Carpenter's theatrical releases. And it's been a pervasive point of reference as I comb through canonical slashers--a subgenre I've always been fascinated by, but that I've never fully dove into.

    With Blank Check covering the film this week, me starting a new semester of film…

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  • The Burning

    The Burning

    ★★★½

    The Burning actually starts off really well. You've got a prologue that has some great Looney Tunes energy. There's that first kill--which actually has a nice little bit of foreshadowing that I like. And then you meet a camp of horny, profane teens played by actors in their mid-20s. Once we get into the back half, though, it sort of falls apart. It's still a bit of nasty fun. Cropsy's pretty cool. And this release from Shout Factory looks fantastic.…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★★

    Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of Dune is worth five stars for the simple fact that I've never seen anything quite like this before. He has been inching towards this, particularly with his last three films. And holy hell, I pray to god that people see this in a theater.

    There's not much to say about Frank Herbert's novel Dune. Every element has been picked over in the 56 years since its publication. It is comfortably one of the five most important…

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  • Dave Chappelle: The Closer

    Dave Chappelle: The Closer

    I'm always rooting for Dave Chappelle. I love Chappelle's Show, and save for The Bird Revelation and Sticks and Stones, I've been impressed with his Netflix run. 8:46, a concise, funny, personal gem, seemed like a real rebound after the misguided Sticks and Stones. As Chappelle, brings an end to the second wind of his lustrous career, you couldn't ask for a more emblematic finish than The Closer.

    The Closer is Chappelle at his most frustrating. The entire special is…

  • The Howling

    The Howling

    ★★★½

    It really sucks that this isn't great, because it's so close. This is beautifully directed by Joe Dante, as it teems with foreboding atmosphere, and blends together some cool makeup work as the werewolves reveal themselves. There's a lot of poetry, particularly as we see Karen (Dee Wallace) wrestle with some debilitating trauma. Hell, this is a film that makes some clever allusions to the old Universal Monsters The Wolf Man, which is on-the-nose, but works.

    But The Howling has…