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  • Die Hard: With a Vengeance

    Die Hard: With a Vengeance

    Beautiful depiction of the rituals of outer-borough ethnic-white culture — telling a black guy he’s the real racist, driving through public space like a fucking asshole, taking a boat out on Long Island Sound, calling your ex wife late at night, etc

  • Tombstone

    Tombstone

    [Robert Mitchum talking while Kurt Russell and Dana Delaney waltz in the snow] Mattie died of a drug overdose

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  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    Gosford Park for people who play Cards Against Humanity.

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    It's been true for a while now that big tentpole movies require of their viewers an enormous amount of what I guess you'd call "extra-textual" knowledge — homework, basically, about whatever "cinematic universe" you're about to enter — but Rise of Skywalker is unique to my knowledge in that it doesn't merely require expansive "in-universe" extra-textual knowledge (of characters, groupings, history) but also "real-world" extra-textual knowledge. If you want to understand this movie — not just if you want to get…