Discovering good movies, one bad movie at a time

Whatever else we might say about it, mother! is the most Darren Aronofsky of all Darren Aronfsky films, combining at least something from every one of his previous six features. This is the point where I need to admit that I’d rank those six features on a scale from “hated it” to “that was pretty […]

A review requested by Andy P, with thanks for donating to the Second Quinquennial Antagony & Ecstasy ACS Fundraiser. “It’s like a dream turned into imagery” is a sentiment that I confess to relying on much too lazily and much too often, but after seeing Horrors of Malformed Men, I might have to retire it. […]

I’ll tell you what, Collateral Beauty only wishes it could Collateral Beauty as well as The Book of Henry does. This summer’s entry in the “uplifting sentimental treacle made by people who learned about humanity by studying our robots” genre has, like that film, a plot swerve so unbelievably apeshit that I cannot imagine how […]

Season 1 Pilot (8 April, 1990) A+ Episode 1 (12 April, 1990) A Episode 2 (19 April, 1990) A+ Episode 3 (26 April, 1990) A- Episode 4 (3 May, 1990) B+ Episode 5 (10 May, 1990) A Episode 6 (17 May, 1990) A- Episode 7 (23 May, 1990) A Season 2 Episode 8 (30 September, […]

A review requested by Rob Graham, with thanks for contributing to the Second Quinquennial Antagony & Ecstasy ACS Fundraiser. I’m tempted to say that Messiah of Evil is good, but only by accident. Or good, but not  on purpose. These are silly thoughts, of course: other than a very few heavily ironic examples, nobody starts […]

A second review requested by Patton with thanks for contributing twice to the Second Quinquennial Antagony & Ecstasy ACS Fundraiser. How in the name of the good Lord does one even go about starting to discuss Apocalypse Now? It’s among the small population of films about which I think it’s more or less impossible to […]

It’s easy to imagine the same basic stuff of The Fits turning into a stock indie coming-of-age drama: 11-year-old Toni (Royalty Hightower), with few friends her own age or gender, finds herself losing interest in boxing at the Cincinnati community center with her brother Jermaine (Da’Sean Minor) and his friends. Instead she starts spying on […]

The good news is that Assassin’s Creed is probably the most stylish video game adaptation ever, for what that’s worth. As you may have heard, movies based on video games sometimes aren’t very good. So the bar for Ass. Creed to stand out was in fact quite low. But still, let’s not get to pissing […]

A second review requested by Jackie Theballcat, with thanks for contributing twice to the Second Quinquennial Antagony & Ecstasy ACS Fundraiser. I would fear that nothing can be left to say about The Room, but then, is not The Room inexhaustible? I’ve seen it multiple in times in a number of wildly different contexts, and […]

A review requested by David N, with thanks for contributing to the Second Quinquennial Antagony & Ecstasy ACS Fundraiser. In the general fashion of such things, when Aleksandr Sokurov’s Russian Ark erupted into the world at the 2002 Cannes International Film Festival, it was greeted by the majority of English-language critics as though it was […]

There’s a notion going around that The Assassin is a hard movie to parse out at the narrative level. This is so. I have now seen The Assassin three times, in fact, and if you were to tell me that I had to clarify what every scene contributed to the overall narrative at each point, […]

A review requested by Chris D, with thanks for contributing to the Second Quinquennial Antagony & Ecstasy ACS Fundraiser. I seem to have done this slightly out of order, non? So you’ll have to forgive me if I simply borrow what I said the last time I visited the most famous, infamous, and contentious of […]