Ryan

Former future professional screenwriter.

Favorite films

  • Moffie
  • Visitor Q
  • Shortbus
  • The Living End

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  • Resurrection

    ★★★★

  • Palm Trees and Power Lines

  • Cha Cha Real Smooth

    ★★★★½

  • Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.

    ★★★½

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  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    ★★★★★

    Critics debate what exactly makes Goodbye, Dragon Inn such a compelling movie. On the surface, you'd think this movie was a parody of the sorts of sub-Bela Tarr art films that treat long shots of big stars walking down corridors as inherently meaningful. Y'know, like Ad Astra.

    Some things come to mind, though they feel inadequate. Every scene has some sort of struggle, even if it's as benign as watching a woman with a limp climb up a flight of…

  • Irma Vep

    Irma Vep

    ★★★★★

    I don't like that this movie is making me root against Jean-Claude Van Damme.

    Irma Vep is a slice of life movie about a bunch of people making a film that folks mostly seem to agree is intensely riveting despite the fact that there isn't a lot of agreement on why. This is a movie that's mostly people dealing with the random problems that arise from a poorly managed production. It should be boring and self-indulgent, and while an argument…

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  • Resurrection

    Resurrection

    ★★★★

    Rare is it that a thriller this hog-fucking-wild is able to ground its story in believable character psychology, but such is the strength of Andrew Seman's script and Rebecca Hall's performance that it was able to make the typical thriller exasperated-behavior-leads-to-disbelief beats feel raw and honest rather than like plot expediency. Resurrection begins as a ten-a-penny paranoid thriller in the Fatal Attraction, Single White Female mold, but distinguishes itself with an imaginative - and deeply twisted - set of interlocking…

  • Palm Trees and Power Lines

    Palm Trees and Power Lines

    Director Jamie Dack was inspired to make this film by a series of 35mm photos she was taking of Southern Californian strip malls and suburban tracts. Dack locates the lacquered emptiness of small town California in striking tableaus of hills covered in dead grass, suburban donut shops, planes streaking across the sky, and - hence the title - palm trees and power lines. She brings that photographer's sense of framing and life-as-is matter of factness to her debut feature, a…

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  • Everybody's Talking About Jamie

    Everybody's Talking About Jamie

    ★★★

    It's a breathtaking moment. An elderly drag queen pulls out a videotape and slots it into the VHS player. Gradually, we watch as the footage on the TV overtakes the screen, sending us into the past. There we find the queen in her earlier years, not as the staid and cynical Hugo Barttleby, but as Loco Chanelle, the warrior queen in the bloodred dress, vanguard of the movement against spoilsports in custodian helmets who threaten to ruin their good time.…

  • Cha Cha Real Smooth

    Cha Cha Real Smooth

    ★★★★½

    Multiple cases of cannibalism this Sundance and the bravest thing I've seen is still a 24 year-old kid casting Dakota Johnson as his own love interest

    There's a troubling reality where Cooper Raiff becomes Kevin Smith, a wunderkind whose singular debut feature and style becomes a vortex from which it becomes impossible to escape from. There's potential signs of this already in Cha Cha Real Smooth, a movie that I still really liked and found the best of the Sundance…