Those has written 90 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Junun

    Junun

    ★★★½

    Somebody's been studying his Les Blank.

  • Sunset Song

    Sunset Song

    ★★★½

    A tremendous amount of wheat.

  • Wax, or The Discovery of Television Among the Bees

    Wax, or The Discovery of Television Among the Bees

    ★★★½

    Kinda like Guy Maddin if instead of silent movies and old books he was really into educational VHS tapes and old Windows screensavers.

  • Bad Day at Black Rock

    Bad Day at Black Rock

    ★★★½

    Among this movie's many other perfect little efficiencies, Robert Ryan's racist villain is conveniently introduced wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat.

  • Can Dialectics Break Bricks?

    Can Dialectics Break Bricks?

    ★★★½

    This is definitely the only kung fu movie I've ever had to pause so I could add things to my reading list.

    Also if this can be on Letterboxd then I don't see why Wizard People, Dear Reader can't.

  • The Golem

    The Golem

    ★★★½

    Modern media depictions of Jewish myth and folklore tend to come in one of two flavors: light magical realism or Biblical epics targeted at gentiles. Full-bore genre storytelling with Jewish themes is hard to come by in any medium and virtually nonexistent in film. So I can't understate how much of a thrill it was for me, as a Jewish cinephile, not just to see Jewish imagery and themes in a film like this at all, but to see them…

  • You Can Count on Me

    You Can Count on Me

    ★★★½

    A sweet, solid, mostly unassuming little movie for grownups. Which is nice every once in a while, especially when it's guided by as sure a hand as Kenneth Lonergan's. He, Linney and Ruffalo coax an impressive amount of nuance, well-observed character detail, and genuine emotion out of a Hallmark movie premise.

  • Bound for Glory

    Bound for Glory

    ★★★½

    Ugh, what a shame that this gradually gets bogged down in embarrassing biopic cliches, because whenever the movie just shuts up and lets Guthrie's music and Haskell Wexler's cinematography do the talking it becomes downright mythical.

    So much jaw-dropping, indelible imagery in isolation here. A dust storm of biblical proportions. Beautiful shots of trains. A gloomy performance in the rain. Tiny acts of kindness and cruelty. Even more beautiful shots of trains. Meticulously detailed Depression-era Americana, windswept open roads. Great…

  • The Man in the White Suit

    The Man in the White Suit

    ★★★½

    This is why we can't have nice things.

  • Birth

    Birth

    ★★★½

    Jonathan Glazer is determined to make me never enjoy the beach again.

    I keep going back and forth on this one. Is it hauntingly mysterious or just frustratingly vague? Is it masterfully controlled given how easily this material could have slid off the rails into truly icky territory, or chilly and mannered to a fault? Does the last act add a fascinating new dimension to the story or is it just an overly plotted cop-out? Ultimately I have to throw…

  • Belladonna of Sadness

    Belladonna of Sadness

    ★★★½

    Man, that devil is a real prick.

  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★½

    The Replacements.

    Okay, fine, The Beatles.