Favorite films

  • Brief Encounter
  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • Elevator to the Gallows
  • Autumn Sonata

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  • Men

    ★½

  • Crush

    ★★★½

  • The Bad Guys

    ★★★½

  • Montana Story

    ★★★½

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  • Men

    Men

    ★½

    It is exceptionally difficult to tell a non-literal narrative and have it hold the proper emotional weight. The story here operates purely as symbolism, metaphorical and only that. While there are grounded moments of domestic drama and home invasion horror, many sequences only make sense on a symbolic level. The entire ending sequence had my theater mumbling and occasionally chuckling, the strangeness of the situation being so far from reality that there was no other emotional way to react to…

  • In Front of Your Face

    In Front of Your Face

    ★★★★

    Hong’s recent focus on health and how it redirects a life works so well within this narrative structure. Each of the film’s two halves convey feelings of both avoidance and inevitability with respect to what waits on the other side; our protagonist stays with her sister to avoid meeting with a director, and she stays with the director to avoid returning to her sister. Each person allows her to be open about a particular aspect of her life yet not…

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  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★★½

    me, after california dreamin' plays for the 400th time: "PLAY IT AGAIN WONG"

  • Twin Peaks

    Twin Peaks

    ★★½

    me, running as fast as i can: "i appreciate your style, i just don't get it! please, leave me alone!"
    david lynch, galloping after me and playing a trumpet: "negativity is the enemy of creativity"