A.C. Webster

“He's got a girl, I got a cat.”

Favorite films

  • Shadow of a Doubt
  • Blow Out
  • Lost Highway
  • Cure

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  • The Quiet Earth

    ★★★½

  • Seven Days in May

    ★★★★½

  • Marie Antoinette

    ★★★★

  • A Life Less Ordinary

    ★½

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  • The Swimmer

    The Swimmer

    ★★★★★

    I was fully blown away by The Swimmer, a visually arresting portrait of one man's journey through the decadence and fragility of upper-class white America. As he “swims” his way through the neighborhood, each scene strips away another layer of gaudy wallpaper covering up the insecurities that lie beneath the foundation of his neighbors' in-ground pools. Burt Lancaster is the perfect casting as Ned Merrill—not only does he look the part of any given boardroom exec of the era, but the…

  • The Piano

    The Piano

    ★★★★½

    An enlightening rewatch. The haunting sentimentality of The Piano shines through what I initially found cold and distant. To be sure, the film is a strange romance that is not particularly warm towards its audience. However, Jane Campion uses these as methods to construct a beautifully realized story about communication beyond speaking.

    Ada's selective muteness is such a fascinating character choice because it creates a reliance on other means of interaction, whether written, translated, or seen directly through her facial…

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  • Avatar: The Way of Water

    Avatar: The Way of Water

    ★★★★

    It’s probably too long and labors in the first hour to set everything up, but vibing with telekinetic alien whales for a full 90 minutes followed by some of the cleanest and exciting action filmmaking in years makes The Way of Water one of my favorite theater experiences of the year.

  • RRR

    RRR

    ★★★★½

    I’ve now watched RRR twice in the smallest of settings: with a rowdy group of friends on a TV with good sound. No matter the format, it’s the biggest movie of 2022.

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  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★

    Charlie Kaufman's career is paved with example after example of putting his ideas over form, and I'm Thinking of Ending Things is perhaps his most ambitious and least concrete. I'm sure the buzz surrounding this film will be its "inaccessibility." In a narrative sense, this tracks: the basic outset of a young woman meeting her boyfriend's parents at his childhood home quickly gives way to shifting realities and esoteric conversations on poetry, aging, and film criticism. This ambiguity can be…

  • Jeremy

    Jeremy

    ★★★★

    A tremendously sweet and gentle film that tells you everything from its tagline: "it's about the first time you fall in love." Jeremy Jones is a reserved and precocious high schooler in New York City. A chance encounter with a girl named Susan sends Jeremy into the melodramatic throes of teenage romance. The heightened drama of every shy glance or awkward phrase perfectly captures the feeling of a teenager's first real moments of love. The entire film is predicated on…