Pete Valdez

I watch movies and occasionally tv but only when there’s a movie on.

Favorite films

  • The Lovers on the Bridge
  • The Devils
  • Tampopo
  • Nobody Knows

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  • Je, tu, il, elle

    ★★★★

  • Best Man Down

    ★★★½

  • The Change-Up

    ★★½

  • Red Notice

    ★★½

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  • Je, tu, il, elle

    Je, tu, il, elle

    ★★★★

    If a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, just imagine what a hundred spoonfuls would do!

    The first act of this early Akerman film is one of the best visual representations of depression I’ve ever come across. It consists of our protagonist in some sort of self imposed isolation in a barren room for a month, mostly sleeping or aimlessly lounging about. Over the twenty some minutes of screen time she eats copious amounts of sugar by the…

  • Best Man Down

    Best Man Down

    ★★★½

    Was definitely expecting a dumb wedding comedy going in but it’s a drama with some light comedy. It was surprisingly heart felt and very well acted by all the leads. I think maybe there was a little too much going on though which held it back from being a better movie. Either that or the main plot points being obscured until a late reveal was the wrong choice. If they just told the story from start to finish instead of jumping around chronologically to create mystery it probably would’ve been better off. In any case, it’s definitely watchable and better than you’d think given the title/poster.

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  • Army of the Dead

    Army of the Dead

    ★★

    In the director’s cut for Watchmen, Dylan’s The Times They are a Changin’ plays over the typical Snyder slow mo visuals during the title sequence. That’s a good song of course but it’s also probably track #1 on those sound of the 60s albums they used to sell on infomercials. It’s about a 3 minute song which is a major problem for a Snyder cut because he needs more time to properly set up the movie!  So what does he…

  • Brick

    Brick

    ★★★★

    It becomes apparent a few minutes in that this movie’s whole thing is that it’s a noir set in a high school. That’s an already fun concept as proven by the show Veronica Mars but Brick takes it a step further by fully committing 100% to the idea and prioritizing the noir aspect over the setting. The dialogue pretty much exclusively uses lingo from the 30’s and 40’s and besides a few amusing circumstances, it never really leans too hard…