Favorite films

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Tootsie
  • GoodFellas
  • Rushmore

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  • Alien

    ★★★★

  • The Nest

    ★★½

  • Adoption

    ★★★½

  • Léon: The Professional

    ★★★½

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  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★

    Now these are a rough couple days at work.

  • The Nest

    The Nest

    ★★½

    Occasionally operating with the simmering intensity of a horror film, The Nest is hindered by a script that is a mass of bungled contrivance. The film sags into tedium because of the predictability of the various plot turns, but the main problem is that Sean Durkin can’t quite find the right tone. It requires the fearless floridness of a Yorgos Lanthimos or the emotional vividness of a Todd Haynes. Instead, The Nest flops into a middle ground, wasting strong performances by Jude Law and Carrie Coon.

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  • I'm Your Woman

    I'm Your Woman

    Director Julia Hart (who is also co-credited on the screenplay) brings smart, lean storytelling to the film, judiciously employing neo-noir trappings. She has a particular panache for understated conflict, lending the material an air of battered accuracy that recalls the grit-and-grime cinema of the nineteen-seventies era in which the film is set. Rachel Brosnahan is very good in the lead role, conveying that discomfort and dawning confidence of a person who was expecting that self-sufficiency wasn’t an attribute she’d be needing in her life.

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★

    Riz Ahmed is exceptional as the drummer whose toiling in the salt mines of hard rock has demolished his hearing, but every bit of Darius Marder's feature directorial debut has artful oomph. It's a smart, measured drama that obviously toils to respectfully portray the deaf community, impressively avoid the trap of lapsing into drama-draining didacticism. Paul Raci gives a very nice performance as the man presiding over the commune-like retreat when Ahmed's character goes to learn how to function in his new reality.