Favorite films

  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • The Last Temptation of Christ
  • Amadeus
  • All the President's Men

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  • The Lost City

    ★★★

  • Cabaret

    ★★★★★

  • The Princess

    ★★★½

  • Vortex

    ★★★★

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  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    ★★★★½

    I was supposed to be in London this week for a holiday, and one of the things we were planning on doing while we were there was to see Hamilton on the West End. Sadly, a certain event happened and we couldn’t travel. In a moment of beautiful coincidence, when Disney announced they were going to release the recorded performance of Hamilton onto Disney+, the release date fell on the week my family and I would have seen it.

    I’ve been…

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

    While it begins as another Scorsese gangster movie, The Irishman evolves into this melancholic and reflective tale of mortality and a beautiful and haunting portrait of men facing their own aging bodies.

    The Irishman is not just a gangster film, it is a film that just as much about Scorsese and De Niro facing their own life as it is about the characters reflecting and looking forwards on theirs. It’s personal, and it really feels like it is. There is…

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  • The Lost City

    The Lost City

    ★★★

    I’m kind of exhausted so I don’t have much to write tonight, however, yeah, this movie is fun, if not flawed. It’s got enough charm for a nice little watch though, and Bullock, Tatum, Radcliffe and Pitt are so great. It’s fun.

  • Cabaret

    Cabaret

    ★★★★★

    I am eternally thankful that my history teacher showed us Cabaret while studying twentieth century history. I don’t think any piece of media has captured the steady, quiet rise of fascism better. Tomorrow Belongs to Me and that final shot will always haunt me.

    Cabaret truly is a masterpiece. This is the third or fourth time I’ve watched it, this time in a cinema (which is incredible to watch on a big screen and get swept up in), and I…

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  • Three Thousand Years of Longing

    Three Thousand Years of Longing

    ★★★★

    MIFF 2022

    George Miller is a wholly singular voice. I can remember the first time I tried to watch the original Mad Max, I was perplexed. “This movie launched a career and a franchise?”. I didn’t get it. The second time round, I started to understand it more. That’s when I tried to watch Fury Road, and 20 minutes in? Wasn’t sure. Didn’t get it. Months later, I tried again. I then watched it five times in a week. Something…

  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★★½

    What is blockbuster cinema if not spectacle? What is spectacle if not the capturing of the "impossible"? What is the value of the impossible if it cannot be seen? Is this not the point of blockbuster cinema? To capture the impossible?

    Jordan Peele's third feature Nope is a blockbuster about blockbusters, while also analysing the exploitation of spectacle. Spielbergian in concept, the use of a Spielbergian vibe as an idea to create this meta commentary on blockbusters, an updating of…