Michael

Independent writer/director, originally from West Philadelphia, PA.

Favorite films

  • Blue Velvet
  • Love Letter
  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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  • Wanda

    ★★½

  • My Beautiful Laundrette

    ★★

  • Videodrome

    ★★★

  • The Honeymoon Killers

    ★★★½

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  • Wanda

    Wanda

    ★★½

    Loden said the film was semi-autobiographical and that she was inspired to write it after reading a newspaper report that a woman had thanked a judge after he sentenced her to 20 years in prison for her participation in a bank robbery.

    Sheesh, that really does make it a my problem that the loaded-against-her environment, as much as it garners sympathy, is a little much for a depiction of a 70s housewife with no direction, but regardless what makes this…

  • Videodrome

    Videodrome

    ★★★

    Consistently compelling and thankfully never a scold about its envelopment into violence and perversion as Cronenberg is too much of an earnest violent pervert to judge, but even still falters a bit in home stretch as its mystery that was questioning our subservience to technological consumption is summed up and we have a stretch of just shocking violence and disturbed resignation that doesn't really offer more to ask. Still, as a world that grows alive in unique, bizarre ways, there's…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    The introduction sets the thesis relatively, if a little thinly, well: an old-school Hollywood intro bleeds into the sounds of a modern LA traffic jam which then flightly goes into a musical and dance number where the various members of the traffic jam sing and express themselves in movement to suggest they are more than their trappings. It is the fantasy element of film giving way to the real doldrums of life, then finding solace in fantasy, which is the…

  • The Spectacular Now

    The Spectacular Now

    Combining and, in fact, magnifying the lame charting of addiction and relationship woes of Ponsoldt's previous film Smashed and the "always teetering on the edge of narcissistic angry white male privilege" symptoms of the writers' previous film 500 Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now arrives at one of the most embarrassingly thin and inept character pieces in recent history, a coming-of-age in which no one grows up and it could be argued in fact became more infantile as it buys…