B.S. Cronin

Young cinephile recording some thoughts

Favorite films

  • Adventureland
  • Casino Royale
  • Manhattan
  • Listen Up Philip

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  • The Irishman

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★½

  • Arctic

    ★★½

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★½

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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Not in tune with the universal praise for this one. I found it predictable and full of one-note characters. Humorless, too. Baby on the bed during an abortion, cmon. I ain't falling for that heavy handed symbolism. Cinematography was great though.

  • Arctic

    Arctic

    Worth it for Mads. What a face. What a performance. Otherwise a pretty rudimentary entry in the survival movie genre.

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    I'm still mourning the loss of Tarantino's long time editor Sally Menke. All his films after her death have been plodding and overlong.

    This one is too, but I found this depiction of 1960's Hollywood irresistible... the clothes, the cars, the music on the radio. All the actors put on excellent performances and they are all extremely good looking.

    There's a melancholy but good-hearted vibe to the thing which I didn't expect from the director of "Deathproof". As disjointed as…

  • High Life

    High Life

    Starts out slow, even verges on boring. But the cinematography is top notch (as is the set design) and kept me involved as the story unravels. Small bursts of sexuality and violence also helped hold my attention.

    There's a trippy black hole sequence in the middle of the film that was one of the most involving, frightening, and distressing cinema moments of 2019.

    Pattinson is so intense and bizarre that he makes this strange sci-fi film feel real and believable. I guess that's what actors are supposed to do.