Jesse Holden

Jesse Holden

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Movie watcher, comic writer, podcast maker

Favorite films

  • Stalker
  • Let the Right One In
  • Everything Will Be OK
  • Network

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  • Love, Death & Robots: Pop Squad

    ★★★★½

  • Great White

    ★½

  • Bo Burnham: Make Happy

    ★★★★½

  • Bo Burnham: Words, Words, Words

    ★★½

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  • The Dead Don't Die

    The Dead Don't Die

    ★★

    Beloved and self-aware indie film director Jim Jarmusch opens his Actors Rolodex and assembles the Jarmusch Avengers for The Dead Don’t Die; a zombie movie that isn’t a zombie movie so much as it is a movie about beloved and self-aware indie film director Jim Jarmusch making a zombie movie. It knows it’s a bad movie, tells you at length that it knows it’s a bad movie, but doesn’t do anything interesting with the fact that it’s a bad movie. I’ve never sat in a theater so palpably tired of being winked at before.

  • Akira

    Akira

    ★★★★★

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

    Akira is a story about annihilation, about a species in its adolescence weilding power it hasn’t reckoned with, about thermodynamics and the law of anitya; a story that literally only one country on Earth could tell. In a post-Hiroshima/Nagasaki world, buildings are no longer unassailably permanent fixtures. Tanks are not invincible. As an invisible nuclear radiation settles in the flesh, the human body itself can no longer retain pattern integrity. In the long, stark shadow of an atomic blast—an image that not-coincidentally…

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  • Love, Death & Robots: Pop Squad

    Love, Death & Robots: Pop Squad

    ★★★★½

    A standout in the series; a strong, simple story, rendered immaculately. Nolan North is great as always.

  • Great White

    Great White

    ★½

    Feels stitched-together from the leftover B-roll of other mid-tier shark movies. Opens on not one but two separate irritatingly-long ocean flyovers rushing up to an island coast, it spends most of its time in the bloated and shark-less doldrums of five snippy and uninteresting people adrift in a raft on the sea for an hour (in the words of Letterboxd’s finest reviewer, “NO SHARKS”), and it stacks its climax with all the trailer moments in quick succession, with no regard for…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★½

    It’s exactly the movie I was afraid it would be. Charmless and unsurprising, too cowardly to stand on the shoulders of Last Jedi or have anything to say about anything. The whole movie is in such a goddamn hurry to go nowhere.

  • Hannah Gadsby: Nanette

    Hannah Gadsby: Nanette

    ★★★★★

    I really wasn’t sure how to rate Nanette. Definitely not five stars, though. I have a philosophy about five-star movies, you know? I have a system. Five-star movies speak to me in a way that seems secret, that feel unique to me and my weird brain. They celebrate the medium. They transcend what you’re in the “mood” for. They’re timeless. 

    Nanette offered me none of the above and it still fucked me up. It gave and took with such mastery, put me…