I love to watch movies and TV shows and I love to write about them. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to do this as much as I would like. Only when I feel that I have something worth writing about will I add a review.
Unlike traditional reviews, these will often read more like conventional essays. Traditional movie reivews are too formulaic and too often prioritize elevating the aesthetic sensibilities of the author than providing meaningful commentary. It’s as if most reviewers see themselves as poets first and foremost. Perhaps that’s a function of editors looking for the most talented writers when hiring, but most just spew out the most pretentious and meaningless gobbledygook.
I miss Roger Ebert. I especially loved it when he would write about the ideas a film inspired him to think about while sparsely discussing the movie itself. If a reviewer mentions the film’s color pallette it damned well better have to do something with the plot. Anyway, I hope you enjoy.
Film Review Formula
I rate things on a five star scale and I try to avoid half stars as much as possible. Because I try to write about the ideas a film elicits, these writings are less designed to guide consumers and more designed for a person who has already watched the film.
One of the five stars is reserved for artistic merit. A film can be technically perfect, but if it’s not about anything it can only receive four stars.
They Cloned Tyrone is an excellent film that takes a critical look at attempts to force black assimilation by means of appropriation.
Fargo season 4 continues a frustrating series that is marked by complete technical proficiency from everyone but the writers.
The Bad Batch attempts to be some sort of transgressive allegory, but its message is muddled and the plot is ridiculous.
Master and Commander paradoxically wants to be both Moby Dick and a rollicking adventure about great British men. You can’t be both.
No Hard Feelings is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It looks like a rom-com, walks like a rom-com, but bites like a satire.
Fargo Season 3 consists of one plot hole after another, stumbling its way to a plot hole conclusion. Here’s an incomplete list.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things has all the thematic depth one would expect from a Charlie Kaufman film without any of the entertainment.
Season 2 of Fargo is the best in the series, but that’s not exactly high praise. Excellent acting and cinematography, poor writing.
White Noise tries to take one of the best books ever written and compact it into 136 minutes of film. That’s not enough time.