Ethan Hill

Lover of food, films, and figuring out how to fit a 5 minute song into a 2 minute drive. My taste is incredibly pretentious, but I also believe Pain and Gain is one of the unsung masterpieces of the last decade, so I’ll like pretty much anything. Can usually be found buried in the Criterion Section of Barnes and Noble or hurriedly scrawling out notes for the DnD session I forgot to plan for. Movies are good.

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West Side Story (1961): A Masterclass in Musical Adaptation (Review)

West Side Story (1961) still dazzles fifty years later thanks to its raw performances, timeless themes, and catchy melodies.

Do Not Hesitate (Review): War Drama Makes the Most of its Brief Runtime

Do Not Hesitate tackles many themes often seen in the war genre, but an arresting lead performance and assured direction allow it to stand out.

Glob Lessons (Tribeca Review): Indie Road Film Brims With Authenticity

Glob Lessons is a heartfelt and often hilarious dry comedy with compelling characters that makes the most of its simple premise.

Panic (Prime Video) Review: Overdue Adaptation Fails to Thrill

Panic is a watchable but painfully average series that relies heavily on clichés and fails to deliver on the possibilities of its premise.

The Killing of Two Lovers: Slow Burn Family Drama Doesn’t Reach Its Potential (Review)

The Killing of Two Lovers leans too heavily into mumblecore to be fully engaging, but inspired direction keeps it interesting.

Never Gonna Snow Again: A Whimsical Modern Fairytale (Kino Polska Review)

Never Gonna Snow Again is a compelling, if slightly inaccessible contemporary fable on the follies of the upper class.

Kill it and Leave This Town: An Animated Nightmare (Kino Polska Review)

Kill it and Leave This Town’s complete lack of plot and macabre imagery will alienate most viewers, but some will find value in its horror.

The Vigil: Religious Thriller Doesn’t Come Together (Review)

The Vigil expertly uses themes of religion and trauma to create a thoughtful character study, though it stumbles in its attempts to scare the audience.

Try Harder!: The Hidden Cost of Being the Best (Sundance Review)

Try Harder! shows the difficulties of being a child prodigy and the failings of the American education system, while never losing sympathy for its subjects.

Dick Johnson is Dead: A Profound Meditation on Legacy and Loss (Review)

Dick Johnson is Dead skillfully blends fantasy and reality together, beautifully examining the impact of a man’s life.