Jonathan Zachary

Jonathan Zachary

Baptize me in Cinema. Half the brains behind the Exploring Cinema Podcast, link in bio!

Favorite films

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Brick
  • There Will Be Blood
  • The Matrix

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  • House of Gucci

    ★★★

  • American Gigolo

    ★★★

  • Lethal Weapon

    ★★★

  • Dressed to Kill

    ★★★½

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  • Dressed to Kill

    Dressed to Kill

    ★★★½

    De Palma certainly shoots things in an interesting way - An unnatural, overthought sort of way that makes his movies totally unique but not very satisfying. He makes bold choices for the sake of being bold, and his stories are just elaborate setups for the visual tricks he wants to pull off. Dressed to Kill is fascinating, head-scratching and hollow. Plenty of great images though.

  • Secret Window

    Secret Window

    ★★★

    Very silly, but not not fun? Makes much of the phrase "a story is only as good as its ending" then cuts to Depp taking a big ol' bite of corn in the final frame. And remember, if you try to divorce your husband they might just have a psychotic break and go off on a dog-killing, wife-murdering spree.

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  • By the Time It Gets Dark

    By the Time It Gets Dark

    ★★★★

    By the Time It Gets Dark is beautiful, meditative, and enigmatic. It is also a chore; not for lack of material to process, but because built deep into my movie-going experience is an expectation to know explicitly how disparate elements relate, and to be given some sense, early on, of where a film is leading. By the Time It Gets Dark provides no such road-map, and makes no connections on behalf of the viewer. It requires sustained focus from a…

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★

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

    I'm pro long, contemplative, and weird, but The Green Knight offers little to chew on as Sir Gawain wanders across the screen, occasionally coming upon the ghost of a maiden or a family of giants that seemingly contribute nothing to the story of a young man's ambiguous, half-hearted quest for courage and stature.

    I liked the Last Temptation of Christ style ending, where our protagonist lives out the consequences of his first decision, only to return to the decisive moment and go another way. Without integrity, royalty and riches are empty, it seems to say, and just when the film finally threatens to coalesce around something, it ends.