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  • The Queen's Gambit

    The Queen's Gambit

    Fun show but show me the board more. Chess games should be shot like this: youtu.be/jgVvidIRF70

  • Snowpiercer

    Snowpiercer

    Grew on me over the years. Feels long but the images make up for it. Maybe the most successful social metaphor movie this director has attempted because it keeps one wondering about what is behind the next gate.

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  • Schindler's List

    Schindler's List

    ★★

    Privilege of the Screen-
    Personally would elaborate on the point raised by Haneke here by arguing that recreating an experience for the viewer on screen is the function of porn, not art, and doing that for real-life experience (e.g. shower scene), no matter how ugly and horrifying the portrayal, does injustice to the experience itself and disrespects those who actually lived through it. It is a perverse tactic used by manipulators such as Spielberg to make the “unspeakable” consumable. No…

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained

    ½

    Kill Bill is a joyous homage and Pulp Fiction is rock and roll. Guilty of enjoying this movie several times  - nevertheless, taking a step back and going full Resnais for a minute;

    Completely disregards ethics in favor of crass historical exploitation. Tarantino is a great movie lover & talented exhibitionist enamored with aesthetics of on-screen violence - no real problem until he decides to gratify his liberal fan base with stories of faux redemption, making the pill easier to swallow…