JJ

“You're gonna do it because the picture has worth! And you have worth if you serve the picture.”

Favorite films

  • Midnight in Paris
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • Metropolitan

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  • Scream

    ★★

  • Pig

    ★★★½

  • The 355

    ★½

  • Napoleon Dynamite

    ★★★★★

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  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★

    I might have to recuse myself from this review, because I realized during this movie that I might hate slasher movies. Or at the very least, what they have become. Half if not most of the fun is knowing the conventions and laughing as they play out, a Scream movie doubly so. It’s a very derogatory genre, which encourages you to look down on the characters and the movie itself. Slasher fans will say it’s out of affection, but I…

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★½

    Clearly based off John Wick, and owes more to it than just a starting point. The underground restaurant world is similar to Wick’s assassin society, and like the Wick series that world building is more distracting than not. Its real strength is its open, simple-hearted sincerity. The shadow of violence hovers over every scene, yet the warfare is usually fraught words poking at barely submerged grief. Cage is allowed to keep his performance internal, reminding us what a talent we…

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  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★½

    Pretty much exactly what you think it will be. If that’s something you like, then this is a good couple of hours. Kind of coming to terms with the fact that film language has passed me by. These movies are now so openly structural, like exposed rafters. Nothing escalates naturally anymore. The whole world shifts to hit the designated markers, and everything shown has an immediate and utilitarian purpose to it. There’s no moment to breathe, just gears churning with…

  • Napoleon Dynamite

    Napoleon Dynamite

    ★★★★★

    It’s not its fault that indie movies that followed it took away all the wrong lessons. An iota perfect slice of life, a thousand well observed details that culminates in a community. Also happens to be very funny. There’s no accounting for taste, but if there were the haters would be in the red.