Ryan Davis

Ryan Davis

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Calm, collected, German

Co-host of Hardly the Hottest film podcast and trophy husband.

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  • Another Round

    Another Round

    ★★★★½

    A beautiful film about living fully the life before us, depicting how easily we fall into estrangement with ourselves and our emotions, our days and our loved ones. The film’s quartet yearn to be alive again and free themselves of that which keeps them distracted, dumb, and numb.

    It is an exploration in the freedom of throwing off the inhibitions that keep us from engaging others and life with our whole being. For most of us, callousness grows through only living…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★★

    It’s a film of freedom through longing. Freedom in not trying to find a substitute for what is lost, but rather walking the breadth of the earth, tracing the ache in nature's beauty with no attempt to fix anything. In doing so it finds the lives and communities that form in these empty, open places. 

    Full review here: www.hardlythehottest.com/reviews/nomadland

    “First, nothing can make up for the absence of someone whom we love, and it would be wrong to try and…

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  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom

    ★★★★

    I relapsed pretty hard into Wes films. Sometimes you need reckless symmetry in your life.

    "I can't argue with anything you're saying, but then I don't have to because you're twelve years old,"

    That's the entire heart and spirit of this film.

    There are some minor quibbles with some design choices and narrative beats but then I didn't make Life Aquatic or Rushmore, so ignore me. The real question to be asking here, is why is Wes Anderson so perfect?

  • The Darjeeling Limited

    The Darjeeling Limited

    ★★★★★

    The Luftwaffe Automotive scene alone is one of my favorite Wes scenes of all time and perfectly encapsulates the entirety of the film in that moment as well as the mournful heart at the center of many of Wes' films and his wit and aesthetic.

    It gives us the three brothers, their personalities, and their faults, and how they lose their way, their family, and each other. How they give up. Then they are accidentally given it all back again,…

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  • News of the World

    News of the World

    ★★½

    The least Paul Greengrass, Paul Greengrass movie I have seen. It takes its time, there is a lot of steady camera work, and the tension disappears entirely at points. Somebody get Paul Greengrass a Red Bull.

    Overall, I like a lot of the ideas in the film, the most beautiful being how central stories are to our identity as a people. We need to remember the past and hear stories in order to move forward. Our lives are circles in…

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★★

    A friend mentioned Get Out as we watched and It’s apt. It possesses razor sharp focus on an aspect of a group’s exploitation and suffering in our culture.  The heavily stylized story then revolves exclusively around the the exposure and damnation of that evil.

    And it works for me. It’s surprising and jarring at points which is good, but also a little lost, some scenes or relationships not well developed at all.  But in the end this cut deeper than…