Favorite films

  • Three Colors: Blue
  • Braveheart
  • Open Range
  • It's a Wonderful Life

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  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★★½

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    ★★★★

  • The Smile Man

    ★★★

  • Parasite

    ★★★★

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★½

    - Not that David Lowery improved on the poem’s ending, but Lowery’s ending fits his film, thematically, much better than the poem’s ending would have done.
    - The poem is superior overall for sure, and of course it has stood the test of time.
    - The film is in conversation with all the poem’s themes in an intriguing way. I think the film bears reviewing for sure and should be watched alongside reading the poem.
    - I have a problem…

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★½

    The Green Knight is one of the most visually stunning, most beautiful American films I have seen in years. The only thing I have seen in the past few years that rivals it for its effective use of color and sweeping cinematography may just be Zhang Yimou’s Shadow from 2018, also a marvelous film. Not only does color and even the lack thereof, landscape, and physical atmosphere feature heavily (because, to be fair, The Green Knight and Shadow are not…

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    Is “art film” The Lighthouse — which appears to be made with the art house theater in mind, not mall theaters — actually a crowd pleaser? It seems it may be!

    I loved The Lighthouse. Not that this proclamation will come as a surprise to anyone who follows my film writing. I loved writer/director Robert Eggers’s last film, the Calvinist/Colonial America/New England folktale/supernatural horror picture The Witch, and I enjoy Eggers’s well-written, well-read, well-researched, extremely technically minded approach to filmmaking…

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    Leonard Maltin wasn’t kidding when he called Into the Spiderverse “the most spectacular animated feature” he’s ever seen! I finally saw it, and it is truly incredible, an exhilarating experience. A true achievement for the medium, for the genre, for film in general. I’m not joking! It is the best Spider-Man movie, without a doubt in my mind, for the way it depicts the idea at the heart of the Spider-Man comics of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko: that Spider-Man…