Favorite films

  • You Were Never Really Here
  • Saint Maud
  • Destroyer
  • Relic

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    ★★★½

  • Erased

    ★★

  • They Shall Not Grow Old

    ★★★★½

  • Species III

    ★★

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  • Species III

    Species III

    ★★

    "You don't want the tongue."

    I'm sad to say Species III is a natural B movie that inexplicably takes itself even more seriously than the first in the series. Without the clever narrative orchestration that made its more serious parts work so well with the cheesier elements. Species II is a bad movie. There I said it.

    Species III, helmed by the team that created the original story and guided its sequels, retains some narrative continuity with the series, albeit…

  • Knowing

    Knowing

    ★★½

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

    A frustrating movie with an intriguing premise lighting the embers of its characters well enough to keep your interest, who are unfortunately written to meander through a pointless narrative.

    The best part of the film is its ending. In light of the frustrating lead up it projects an unearned poignance that stands in contrast to other endings of similarly structured films. And so it comes across as satisfying. But it's not satisfying. What came before was so uninspired and indulging…

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  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★½

    Marvel's Kill Bill 2 ½
    Or
    Red Sparrow+1
    Or Demolition Women.
    Or Black Widow Bourne

    I find it difficult to evaluate this story as presented in its very by the numbers way without acknowledging the color pairing the two leads gives the film. Probably because the story is a little stale, or so blandly treated I find myself more interested in the actors than the movie's narrative.

    For one, Florence Pugh has the most hypnotic quality. Far beyond her beauty.…

  • The Woman in the Window

    The Woman in the Window

    The affluent white woman in the Harlem Window:

    A troubled, botched production which ultimately resorted to using the good will its cast and creators have earned with past projects to distract viewers from the failures of its execution. However well-intentioned the creators may have been.


    Anna, a traumatized agoraphobic (Amy Adams) who regularly spies on her neighbors, Alistair Russel (Gary Oldman) and his family's apartment, may or may not have witnessed Alistair murdering his wife. Then again, was it really…