• The Sum of All Fears

    The Sum of All Fears

    The last pure 90s thriller, guys screaming over secure hotlines, male performance anxiety, unrepentant CIA apologism, etc., straightforward and competent entertainment

  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    The Lincoln Lawyer

    Not gonna make a case for this as an unsung classic or whatever but it's sort of buprenorphine to the heroin of the great 90s legal thrillers, in a good way. Stacked cast, too.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    It's weird to me how in the novelization of this (and I think in some interviews Tarantino has given?) the scene where Cliff Booth throws Bruce Lee into a car is treated as both (i) something that actually happens in the world of the story and (ii) an excuse for Tarantino to hold forth with some old-Hollywood arcana about how Bruce Lee would actually kick stuntmen while filming scenes or whatever. But then in the movie itself the stuff with…

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    What was Alfred doing in Burma exactly...

  • The Tomorrow War

    The Tomorrow War

    One thing I really miss about action movies of the 90s is the extent to which they usually revolved around Normal Guys, like hungover cops, or divorced cops, or charmingly dorky scientists, or hungover ex-cops. This focus on relatability as a key characteristic of your action movie hero was also a window into The Machine's understanding of the self-image (and the fantasy desires of) the Median American Male. In the 21st century, amidst a general crisis of representation, the Normal…

  • Snake Eyes

    Snake Eyes

    Honestly think it's great when they have auteurs do big franchise movies. Not quite sure how this fits in with the rest of the G.I. Joe universe, but great flick nonetheless.

  • The Dry

    The Dry

    A touristy thriller adaptation that's competent, engaging, and only two hours long...??? Prestige TV could never

  • We Own the Night

    We Own the Night

    Looks great, great car chase, great mood palette... I want to be one of those guys who's like, "James Gray's tragedy of family loyalty and betrayal spurns the drab bourgeois obligation to 'verisimilitude' and realism for psychological and emotional truth, elevating the policier to Shakespearean heights" and believe it, but also it's like... fr how did Joaquin Phoenix become a cop in like 12 hours?? What??

  • House of Games

    House of Games

    Can't shake the sense that Mamet thinks this movie is about the psychological differences between men and women, which if that's what it's about, boring!

  • Sneakers

    Sneakers

    Strathairn trying to recreate the sound of Redford's kidnapping is such a great scene — a smart, original conceit beautifully executed.

  • Los Angeles Plays Itself

    Los Angeles Plays Itself

    The industry that eats the city also memorializes it: Dialectics, baby!!

  • New Rose Hotel

    New Rose Hotel

    When you buy into individualist theories of production and development, when you use people to use people, when you over-rely on star talent and miss the motion of networks and institutions outside your control, where else will you end up but broken and alone, inside a coffin hotel waiting to die?