Author: Jordan

Films Seen 1/1 – 2/2

Please Stand By (2018), Ben Lewin, D [Vimeo] Insidious: The Last Key (2017), Adam Robitel, C- [UA Kaufman Astoria 14] Prototype (2018), Blake Williams, B- [Museum of the Moving Image] Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago (2016), Peter Pardini, C [Delta Airlines] RBG (2018), Betsy West, Julie Cohen, B- [Vimeo] Clara’s Ghost (2018), Bridey Elliot, B+ [Park City Library] The Kindergarten Teacher (2018), Sara Colangelo, A- [Park City Library] Juliet, Naked (2018), Jesse Peretz, C [Eccles Theater] Don’t Worry, He Can’t Get Far on Foot (2018), Gus Van Sant, B- [Eccles Theater] Tyrel (2018), Sebastián Silva, B+...

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Films Seen 9/20 – 12/31

Blue Steel (1990), Kathryn Bigelow, B+ BPM (2017), Robin Campillo, B+ The Day After (2017), Hong Sang-soo, B- Cielo (2017), Alison McAlpine, A- American Made (2017), Doug Liman, B Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Denis Villeneuve, A- Four Sisters: The Hippocratic Oath (2017), Claude Lanzmann, A Four Sisters: Baluty (2017), Claude Lanzmann, A- Four Sisters: The Merry Flea (2017), Claude Lanzmann, B Four Sisters: Noah’s Ark (2017), Claude Lanzmann, B+ Zama (2017), Lucrecia Martel, B Voyeur (2017), Miles Kane and Josh Koury, B The Last of the Unjust (2013), Claude Lanzmann, A Only the Brave (2017), Joseph Kosinski, B- I...

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Films Seen 7/2 – 9/19

The Only Living Boy in New York (2017), Marc Webb, D Sapphire (1959), Basil Dearden, B+ L’assassin Habite Au 21 (1947), Georges-Henri Clouzot, B+ The Ladies Man (1961), Jerry Lewis, A- Endless Poetry (2017), Alejandro Jodorowsky, C+ Dunkirk (2017), Christopher Nolan, A- Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017), Luc Besson, A- Logan Lucky (2017), Steven Soderbergh, A- Detroit (2017), Kathryn Bigelow, B+ La Chinoise (1967), Jean-Luc Godard, A- The Emoji Movie (2017), Tony Leondis, D Marjorie Prime (2017), Michael Almereyda, B+ Human Flow (2017), Ai Weiwei, B Crown Heights (2017), Matt Ruskin, B- Ex Libris: New...

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Valerian & the 1000 Planets: Best Dumb Movie of 2017

Below is an extended version of my review from Popular Mechanics. Though not a Pixar film, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” comes with its own accompanying short film. Technically it is just the opening credits sequence, but not even “Watchmen”‘s brilliant, tuneful introduction is as perfect. It’s like a rare mineral flung out in space for eons, finally orbiting back to us with luminescence, and explaining just how mankind might possibly save itself from extinction, all set to a David Bowie song. It also sets up the forthcoming movies’s setting, Alpha, a hodgepodge collection of ship...

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Jordan Hoffman is a New York-based writer and film critic working for The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Thrillist, Times of Israel, NY Daily News and elsewhere.

He is the host of ENGAGE: The Official Star Trek Podcast, a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and challenges you to a game of backgammon.

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