The Triumph of Tech Over Art and Career Politics in Jurassic Punk (2022) [3.5/5 stars]
Why do computer-generated special effects in movies today look so shitty? Despite some outliers like the spellbinding Avatar: The Way of...
I love the moody vérité style of Cassavetes, the minimalist noir of Jean-Pierre Melville, the epic scope of Lean, and that mix of post-60s hippie auteurs and film school movie brats that formed New Hollywood. For directors working today, I follow Claire Denis, the Safdie Brothers, Paolo Sorrentino, Emma Seligman, David Cronenberg, Cristian Mungiu, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Hong Sang-soo.
At Columbia I took up media studies and cultural criticism. Here I was exposed to the great 20th C. cultural critics: Susan Sontag, Pauline Kael, Paul Schrader, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Robert B. Ray. Although I disagree with many of their takes, Sontag’s "Against Interpretation" formalism and Kael’s rejection of sappy moralism and eye for creative "trash" became the bedrock of my critical lens for movies.
In 2022, I watched and reviewed a new movie every day. I work full-time in TV now but log new movies + reviews as often as I can. In addition to the long form reviews written below, I have logged over 1k reviews on Letterboxd @msxviii. Let's chat about movies!