Favorite films

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

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  • Montana Story

    ★★★½

  • In Front of Your Face

    ★★★★

  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★½

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★

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  • 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…

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★

    Every character professes the universally high stakes of their every action, but none of it has the weight it claims to. The body count climbs so quickly and immediately that it’s difficult to care about who survives and who doesn’t. I understand this is a highly intertextual sequel to works I haven’t all seen (the amount of prerequisites to watch a single movie is absurd), but even the new characters here are poorly introduced. Strange himself remains an uncharismatic protagonist…

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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"