tries to keep it positive, always keeps it real. aka Jean-Luc Bro-dard, aka John Smashavetes. occasionally introspective.

Favorite films

  • Yi Yi
  • August in the Water
  • The Green Ray
  • Days of Being Wild

Recent activity

  • A Day in the Country


  • Spider-Man 2


  • Rio Bravo


  • Love at Sea


Recent reviews

  • Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo


    Hollywood golden age artifice. American exceptionalism. Hollywood, America, two empires whose concerns over their respective aesthetics has resulted in self-mythologizing over time, and will continue to do as long as both remain relevant and thriving. in some ways, this is what’s made me wary. wary enough to have put off a great deal of Hollywood classics, including one Rio Bravo. it’s what turns me away from westerns, what turns me away from this era of cinema. its importance is never…

  • Light Sleeper

    Light Sleeper


    I typically dislike directly mentioning a filmmaker’s influences when talking about their own work, but Bresson and Akerman are very much present throughout this. but it’s very Schrader. it’s got brutal, downbeat clarity, living in an amoral prison of a world. people acknowledging the grim realities of their situation, and trying to survive through their various escapes. there’s an overwhelming amount of bitchin images too. the laundromat scene, and the deception of using the Spanish woman to mask the undercover…

Popular reviews

  • Malcolm & Marie

    Malcolm & Marie


    sometimes you’ve gotta watch a movie you know will be trash, made by a filmmaker who may be the new gold standard for nepotism granting the truly untalented a bevy of undeserved opportunities. and starring people I couldn’t care less about, as the false glamour of Hollywood does nothing for moi. it’s somehow even worse than his last film (of which I’ve previously stated my thoughts), as this time Levinson’s new fun plaything he can latch onto isn’t the 2010s…

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah


    eh. I’d prefer movies about socialists and communists to not be produced and performed by capitalists. don’t even get me started on having jay z be on the soundtrack.

    biopics never work for me. they just come off as lazy, half-hearted recreations of the truth, and almost never give you a complete picture anyways. idk man, I’d prefer to just read a book about what actually happened, and what the Panthers/Fred Hampton were really about. this film is just way…