A.A. Dowd
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1/13/20
11:47 AM
153

I finally watched the Joker this week and ended up feeling like it’s a weird movie to generate so much praise and hatred. For context I afterwards watched King of Comedy, and it struck me that what Joker misses is some sort of psychological and/or moral clarity about the character we’re watching. Without that it’s Read more

12/3/19
3:29 PM
3

Ooh thank you for this interview, Dowd! I saw Waves a few weeks ago and Harrison’s performance was mesmerizing (not to mention, he’s quite a looker). Now I really want to see Luce, as it seems to capture that same intensity. I hope he goes on to have a wonderful career.

9/6/19
1:00 PM
5

A good, brave piece of work. Kudos for writing it.

9/6/19
10:06 AM
6

Well done. Guess I need to pick the book back up again.

9/5/19
9:44 AM
143

This is damn good writing, A.A. It resonated with me in many ways. Like you, it seems, I grew up in a household that could be kindly described as volatile, under the thumb of a cruel and violent stepfather and a mother who encouraged and occasionally participated in what he did. And also like you, I first read IT at Read more

8/7/19
9:26 AM
35

Gonna screenshot this for next time I see a “these AVC movie reviews are too policitized!!!” comment.

8/1/19
10:32 AM
44

Excellent review, particularly this: “It acknowledges that killing will haunt you, maybe ruin you even, while also wondering aloud if there’s some evil so deep and oppressive and destructive it must be met with violence.” There is a lot of Peckinpah in this movie and that boils it down well. There’s a haunting moment Read more

7/18/19
5:47 PM
505

“The problem with the new Lion King is that the animals just aren’t expressive enough” Read more

6/24/19
11:23 AM
2

My favourite gaming moment this year has been thanks to Resident Evil 2. I played the original way back when front-to-back and over again as a teen, so it’s been a unique experience to find things be so familiar yet alien at the same time. I’ve met the “Mr.X” Tyrant for the first time, and juking past him have made my Read more

6/24/19
10:57 AM
5

I liked Days Gone because Deacon St. John is the most realistic zombie-apocalypse protagonist in video game history. He’s impatient. He rolls his eyes at every request, before begrudgingly agreeing to it. He doesn’t do fucking swamp duty. The second he hangs up his radio, he starts swearing at the person who is no Read more

5/24/19
11:00 AM
123

Like, how can you be so down on the human experience, A.A. Dowd? Do you even remember how to make love? Maybe Kechiche just had something to say in words that can’t be contained within the soulful bounds of like, grammatical expression? Maybe we are heading towards the end of everything! Did you consider? Did you even Read more

2/20/19
3:48 PM
9

One of them involves boastful sidekick Snotlout (Jonah Hill) and his weird fixation with Hiccup’s mother, Valka”  Read more

1/17/19
1:38 AM
106

Rewatching Unbreakable this week in preparation for this movie, I was really struck by how good Willis is in it. It’s a quiet, wounded performance but also one where you feel the bond between him and his son and the basic decency of this guy who really doesn’t understand himself. I wish we got that Willis more often.  

1/11/19
4:15 PM
43

I saw it. It only really hits “so bad, it’s good” in the last shot. Before that, it hovers, like Dowd said, in “so bad it’s kind of unbelievable.” I kinda dug the first act because it played like a trashy Frankenstein homage, but at that point, I thought the writer would know how to pay it off or knew what a pay off Read more

12/22/18
10:57 AM
2

I never thought in a million years that I have said a B&W film about a nun in Poland would be one of my favorite films I’ve seen. Ida is so sparse and beautiful and simple in a time when filmmakers overrely on tricky. Read more