Ali Asad

My ratings graph isn’t intentionally symmetrical
UofT alumni. 23

Favorite films

  • Stalker
  • My Darling Clementine
  • Se7en
  • The Godfather: Part II

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  • North by Northwest

    ★★★★★

  • North by Northwest

    ★★★★★

  • Jack Reacher

    ★★★

  • The Lodge

    ★★

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  • Caché

    Caché

    ★★★★½

    I want to talk about a specific scene in Cache that encapsulates what makes not only this film, but the rest of Haneke's work so brilliant. The scene where the main Parisian couple of Georges and Anne argue in their living room full of books, before realizing that their young son is missing. All the while, news related to war and conflict around the world plays on their television in the background.

    If we observe the way this scene is…

  • Winter Light

    Winter Light

    ★★★★½

    The title of this film could mean two things. It may be alluding to the presence of light despite the season being Winter. Or perhaps this is a unique type of light that is only present in the Winter. That is to say, is there beauty and healing to be found in life despite all the struggles? Or is there beauty to be found within these struggles? In "Winter Light", Ingmar Bergman explores these ideas through a pastor who is…

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  • North by Northwest

    North by Northwest

    ★★★★★

    The sheer kinetic energy that Hitchcock manages to imbue within this film is ridiculous. Paired with Bernard Herrmann’s gradually escalating score, the heavy usage of vehicles, and razor sharp dialogue (Cary Grant’s forte)—North By Northwest is the ultimate example of cinema being used to generate pure excitement. 

    This is also some of the greatest set design I have ever seen. The only other film that comes to mind with backgrounds this detailed and a world this intricately crafted is Cuaron’s…

  • Escape from New York

    Escape from New York

    ★★★½

    Ridiculous how much this influenced action games.

    Environments with monotonous, dark backgrounds and a designated area where “action” is supposed to take place. Ice-cold protagonist. Rescue missions and escort missions. Boss fights and mini boss fights. Sneaking and stealth kills. A radio through which the authority figure communicates with the protagonist during his assignment. A timer. Character design (more specifically enemies who look like they were created using a random character generator.) Invisible walls (a scene where a group of…

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  • Casino Royale

    Casino Royale

    ★★★★

    Daniel Craig receiving some intense cock and ball torture at the hands of Mads Mikkelsen has to be my favourite scene from any Bond film. Right next to the opening of Skyfall. How appropriate is it that a character who has been the face of masculinity for half a century, nearly gets emasculated by someone who possesses none of that virility. 

    Le Chiffre (played by Mikkelsen) is in many ways the opposite of Bond. He lacks the vigour, sex appeal,…