Favorite films

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Shin Godzilla
  • Beethoven

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  • Galaxy Quest

    ★★★★

  • Spaceballs

    ★★★½

  • Empire Records

    ★★★★

  • Jingle All the Way

    ★★

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  • tick, tick...BOOM!

    tick, tick...BOOM!

    ★★★

    I'm actually an unapologetic fan of Rent as both a stage musical and a soundtrack. I don't have a memory of the Chris Columbus film adaptation since seeing it on a teenage pseudo-date in 2005, but I suspect I'd be soft on the "overly sanitized" adaptation as well. I'm also a Lin-Manuel Miranda apologist, generally supportive of In the Heights, Hamilton, and Vivo. So I'm kind of this biopic-musical's target audience.

    And this made me feel uncomfortable. The closest experience…

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The joins the pantheon of movies that starts off with an all-timer short film which missteps into a screenplay that is trying to be too-subversive by half. There was so much drama in the premise alone. By the time this becomes a full-on murder mystery, I found myself missing what we'd left behind. Last Night in Soho had me under its spell through the section where Thomasin Mackenzie's Eloise is blurring her own identity with Sandie's. It was an engaging…

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  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★★½

    "You're not a Nazi, Jojo. You're a ten-year-old kid who...wants to be part of a club."

    JoJo Rabbit is a movie that built on me. Several of the reviewers I've listened to make the Moonrise Kingdom comparison and I was definitely getting that vibe in the opening camp scenes. But when the immensely talented Thomasin McKenzie appears and projects her character into the story, the movie took me for a great ride. It culminates in an amazing battle scene at…

  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★★

    Just through cultural osmosis, I knew the basic plot beats of this movie, but it's nothing compared to actually watching how it comes together. Spike Lee was hyper-honest in his portrayal of this neighborhood, showing an intimacy and familiarity with the every day moments of the community that shine through. The camera work is street-level and top-game at the same time. And it just floors me that this movie still rings so true for decades afterward - in small things,…