Favorite films

  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Raging Bull

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  • A Good Year

    ★★★½

  • Alphaville

    ★★★½

  • Pierrot le Fou

    ★★★★½

  • Band of Outsiders

    ★★★★

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  • The Addiction

    The Addiction

    ★★★★

    Like Jarmusch would do, Ferrera here chooses to shoot the gritty side of New York in beautifully crisp black & white photography, such an appropriate choice here and not what I expected. Also like Jarmusch there's some strong form with repetitions of war images with the voice over and a nice sunset shot.

    I love the attention to detail in the backgrounds and compositions. There are some great moments of blocking where the afflicted protagonist Kathleen is isolated from groups of…

  • New Rose Hotel

    New Rose Hotel

    ★★½

    A lesser Ferrera to me, which is a shame because near the opening there is a great sequence of Dafoe and Walken hanging out in a bar with some stunning red lighting smothering them. The rest of the film never reaches these visual heights again, but what dooms it is just the poor minimalist narrative. I know Ferrera can make those work but when he is not very active behind the camera they just kill the film's potential.

    Dafoe and…

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  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    ★★★★★

    Two viewings in two days confirms this is my favourite movie.

    Kinski as Aguirre is an all-time achievement and perhaps the greatest male performance. His movement and posture is perfect, he conveys layers of madness with his glares into the camera.

    Herzog sought out to make the greatest film of all time and his capturing of the jungle is so authentic and gritty, this really is a beautiful movie to look at full of stunning shots, but you are always thinking about how hostile the environment is.

    A masterpiece, it's between this and The Godfather for best of 1972, but I learn towards Herzog.

  • The Untouchables

    The Untouchables

    ★★★★½

    Such a fun period piece, but there’s a lot of filmmaking to appreciate. De-Palma is a great technician, the low angles that use the ceiling as part of the frame, the iconic split-diopter shot at the opera and the gorgeous blue and red lighting present in the night scenes, these all really elevate this. The scene that feels like a western was also great to see unfold. It’s certainly a very entertaining story with morality involved, and the performances are…