Favorite films

  • The Tree of Life
  • Before Sunrise
  • Paris, Texas
  • Three Colors: Red

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  • Year One

    ★★

  • Due Date

    ★★

  • Spider-Man

    ★★★

  • Young Ahmed

    ★★★½

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  • Rocks

    Rocks

    ★★★★

    "Not every woman is cut out for motherhood."

    Oh, this is lovely. Absolutely tragic, but never concedes to miserablism -- there's always a lot of life in everything here, even the horrors. Even as Rocks makes the wrong decisions, you still completely get it. You understand the need for a break, to blow off steam, to escape from a hand she never would've asked to be dealt. And her friends all feel like people, not just a supporting cast there…

  • Narcissus

    Narcissus

    ★★★★

    There's a section in Animated Motion #4 detailing the animation of the movement of stick figures, and the sheer complexity of human movement really becomes apparent while watching it. I suppose it's no surprise, then, that Norman McLaren's other great interest is dance films -- all those he's made are studies of that very same idea, but in a completely distinct form.

    There's such close intimacy & fierce eroticism in both this and his earlier work Ballet Adagio. But what McLaren…

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  • The Central Park Five

    The Central Park Five

    ★★★★

    Oh what it would be to live in a world where this is unthinkable.

    "I want us to remember what happened that day, and be horrified by ourselves, because it really is a mirror on our society. And rather than tying it up in a bow and thinking that there was something we can take away from it, and we'll be better people... I think what we need to realise is we're not very good people. And we're often not."

  • Like Crazy

    Like Crazy

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Was pretty stunned by the news today. The moment I read it I thought back to this little gem, which has always been my favourite work of his; a quiet, tender, and, most importantly, naive romance.

    Young British writer Anna (Jones) delivers an essay in class at her LA college, where Jacob (Yelchin), a budding furniture designer, is her TA. Having caught her eye, she leaves him a scrawled note that's at once heartfelt and half-formed, full of adolescent poetry…