Over the next few weeks, I will be releasing a series of 10 essays about my top 10 films of the 2010s. These will not be comprehensive, lengthy essays about every aspect of each of the films, but will instead by shorter essays about single elements that I found worth discussing or interesting. These essays will not necessarily spoil every part of the film but they will be spoiling elements fairly freely. Obviously I recommend you see each of these films.

#6: Anomalisa

I don’t recall where I first heard it, but I remember someone once saying that all of…


Over the next few weeks, I will be releasing a series of 10 essays about my top 10 films of the 2010s. These will not be comprehensive, lengthy essays about every aspect of each of the films, but will instead by shorter essays about single elements that I found worth discussing or interesting. These essays will not necessarily spoil every part of the film but they will be spoiling elements fairly freely. Obviously I recommend you see each of these films.

#5: The Lobster

One of the strangest comments I heard about Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster was that it loses…


Over the next few weeks, I will be releasing a series of 10 essays about my top 10 films of the 2010s. These will not be comprehensive, lengthy essays about every aspect of each of the films, but will instead by shorter essays about single elements that I found worth discussing or interesting. These essays will not necessarily spoil every part of the film but they will be spoiling elements fairly freely. Obviously I recommend you see each of these films.

#4: Annihilation

In the final moments of Annihilation, our hero Lena speaks with her husband Kane for the first…


Over the next few weeks, I will be releasing a series of 10 essays about my top 10 films of the 2010s. These will not be comprehensive, lengthy essays about every aspect of each of the films, but will instead be shorter essays about single elements that I found worth discussing or interesting. These essays will not necessarily spoil every part of the film but they will be spoiling elements fairly freely. Obviously I recommend you see each of these films.

#3: Cloud Atlas

Note: As part of its commentary on the movement of souls through time, this film has…


Over the next few weeks, I will be releasing a series of 10 essays about my top 10 films of the 2010s. These will not be comprehensive, lengthy essays about every aspect of each of the films, but will instead be shorter essays about single elements that I found worth discussing or interesting. These essays will not necessarily spoil every part of the film but they will be spoiling elements fairly freely. Obviously I recommend you see each of these films.

#2: Inside Llewyn Davis

The core of the Coen Brothers’ masterpiece, Inside Llewyn Davis, is fear, a very specific…


Over the next few weeks, I will be releasing a series of 10 essays about my top 10 films of the 2010s. These will not be comprehensive, lengthy essays about every aspect of each of the films, but will instead by shorter essays about single elements that I found worth discussing or interesting. These essays will not necessarily spoil every part of the film but they will be spoiling elements fairly freely. Obviously I recommend you see each of these films.

#1: Cosmopolis

In the climactic scene of David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) decides to shoot himself in…


The following article contains spoilers for the film The Fanatic. If you are the sort of person who wants to see The Fanatic cold, I respect that and you should go see it first before reading this.

The Fanatic is many things.

It is the latest film from legendary auteur Fred Durst, notable for fronting Nu-Metal band Limp Bizkit. It is a film starring John Travolta (in a very committed, albeit borderline offensive, performance) as obsessed fanboy *checks notes* Moose. It is one of the funniest filmgoing experiences I’ve had all year (it is not, I should note, a comedy…


This Article Contains Spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home

They are never going to stop making Spider-Man films.

I want to make that clear up front. We may say that this or that Spider-Man movie got it perfectly right (usually narrowed down to Spider-Man 2 and Into the Spider-Verse, two films that are practically flawless) and that if they can’t reach that level of perfection, they shouldn’t bother, but that’s not realistic.

Spider-Man is Marvel’s most popular hero, beating out even Wolverine. His arrival on screen in the early 2000s heralded the real beginning of the Superhero movie as a…


I’m on record as saying that, despite often choosing mediocre or outright bad movies, the Academy Awards are generally speaking a force for good. I put that tweet out there mere days before the nominations were announced and…then got so busy that I never managed to write out my thoughts on the nominees. So, with perpetual lateness, here are my thoughts on the nominees for the 91st Academy Awards:

Best Picture:

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Green Book

Roma

A Star is Born

Vice

The gulf between good and bad nominees here is vast, with a lot of…


2018 was a bad year for the world, but it was a good year for movies. Maybe I’m in a place where I’m open to new stories, new experiences, new ways of thinking about things, but a lot of stuff connected with me this year, made me feel feelings or just fascinated me. Any one of my 11–15 movies would have been a shoe in for my top 10 in any other year, and yet there they are. I want to talk about them, but they’re not in my top 10. And then I realized: It’s my list, I could…

Elessar The Porg Whisperer

Being the adventures of an Alaska-born incurable narcissist with a love of film & too much free time. I write for @criticalwrit and I really like bears.

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