Favorite films

  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Come and See
  • Margaret
  • Nights of Cabiria

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  • Midnight Run

    ★★★★

  • Penthouse

    ★★★½

  • The Haunting

    ★★★

  • No Time to Die

    ★★★

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★

    Lowery's a bit of a weirdo, no? I can't really put my finger on what I think about him overall (minor caveat: I've only seen A Ghost Story, The Old Man & the Gun and this one to date, but those appear to be the key entries from what I can glean), because on the one hand, there's simply no denying his natural filmmaking ability or his distinct creativity and approach to the medium. You never quite know what you're going…

  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★

    Atmospherically arresting—that ranch feels truly alive for much of Nope's runtime, both inside and out...almost like it warrants a shout-out in the closing credits. And Yuen's coinciding story is both superbly acted (boy, that guy's turned himself into quite the versatile and dynamic performer since "The Walking Dead" brought him to the national stage; much moreso than most actors who break out that way) and the movie's most interesting element, an allegorical side story about the dangers of trying to…

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    I'd originally planned to write a lengthy essay on this, probably my favorite film of the decade (only Margaret is otherwise in contention) and absolutely the most personally meaningful, for my dad's soon-to-be-defunct poetry magazine Parnassus, but life got in the way—I switched companies just as the deadline was approaching and simply didn't have the hours in the day to write a 4,000 word piece with the proper checks and drafts to do my father proud. I did, however, begin

  • Along the Coast

    Along the Coast

    ★★★½

    In many ways, this playful documentary about coastal France symbolizes everything that the French New Wave would ultimately be about. Du côté de la côte is ostensibly about tourism and outsiders in the French Riviera, but it's really a love poem to the area itself—Varda's camera is full of mischief as it pans over two-piece bikinis and crowded sand. Animal floats linger over burnt bodies; a sultry voiceover chimes in with the name of a town as the primary narrator tells the story of a landmark. By manipulating imagery, messages, and structure, Varda cheekily previews everything we'd see out of the movement's masters going forward.