Author: Jordan

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.