Tom Stoup

Tom Stoup


PW Torch, Icon Magazine, Sound on Sight, Reel Time, Behold Florida

Favorite films

  • Vanilla Sky
  • Boogie Nights
  • The Meaning of Life
  • Mountains May Depart

Recent activity

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

  • Erection

  • Fly

  • The Beatles: Get Back

Pinned reviews

  • Luchadoras


    Once they’ve opened with the sounds of a passenger bus – a purgatorial transit between free aspirations and the limiting necessities of a capitalistic world – the filmmakers waste little time commencing their true journey to profile Baby Star, Lady Candy, and Mini Sirenita as each wrestles to overcome their city’s high rate of often fatal violence against women. The material is extremely heavy, though mercifully the spare representational tableau is as heavy-handed as its delivery gets. Untethered by conventions…

Recent reviews

  • The Beatles: Get Back

    The Beatles: Get Back

    Cillian Murphy is perfectly cast as Glyn. Pattinson just OK as George.

    Atop the gift that is such complete documentation of a moment in modern myth and legend, this story of the Beatles’ self-destruction is in fact one of incredible collaborative creation. Impossible to not feel every bit of that rooftop performance after navigating the the varied nuances of the studio sessions/hangouts.

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Counteractively riddled with CG when it wants to be in “Police Story” mode, but engagingly referential to decades of Eastern action milestones from “The One-Armed Swordsman” to “Oldboy” and beyond while more importantly reverent of the culture in which it is based. A welcome element in this brick-laying phase of the post-Thanos MCU.

Popular reviews

  • Alice in Wonderland

    Alice in Wonderland

    Here’s more of a journal entry than a review, because… I think I finally appreciate this? As a kid I was overly sensitive to tertiary trifles in library-rented Disney tapes and the like. For example I needed to be consoled the first time I saw Arthur ditch the amorous squirrel in an ultimately throwaway scene from “The Sword in the Stone”. From the curious oysters to the exclusive flowers, “Alice” is so full of such fleeting plights that it never…

  • The Tomorrow War

    The Tomorrow War

    The first hour, while just as lower-rent as the ubiquitous marketing conveys, contains enough conceptually that when I describe it to my partner later she’ll think she missed out on something. Then the thing just kinda stalls out… and after it ends there are still about 45 minutes left to go. But hey, nice cyclical storytelling with Chris Pratt angrily kicking a trash can in defeat at the beginning then later angrily kicking an alien head in victory. That’s art, man.