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Favorite films

  • Decoy
  • Lady in the Lake
  • Murder, My Sweet
  • Road House

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  • The Upturned Glass

    ★★★★

  • Southern Comfort

    ★★★

  • Shed No Tears

    ★★½

  • The Secret of Convict Lake

    ★★★

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    Broadly speaking, a very “beautiful” movie – but beautiful in quite a specific way, not just in the generic realms of simply looking nice; instead the beauty is holistic, as reflection of a regal sublimity immanent in the couture fabrics of the story and all its world – for once, beauty is not only skin-deep! I like that the film doesn’t concede to clichés: that Reynolds doesn’t have to let go of his craft or his obsessive capacity for creating…

  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard

    ★★★★★

    Norma Desmond’s final scene, where she recedes back into the unreal reality of “acting” along the winding staircase of her tragically haunted mansion, is a moment of profound self-reflexivity—where the film’s acknowledgement of its own mirror reflection to the real world of Hollywood at once converges and diverges with the unreality of the medium’s artifice—of “Sunset Boulevard”, the containing vessel. The demise of Norma, a spectral avatar of Swanson’s own self, is congruently brought to life as phantasm with the…

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  • The Reckless Moment

    The Reckless Moment

    ★★★★½

    Chain-smoking, perennially pressured Joan Bennett’s mini odyssey of duty, domesticity and death, wrapped in a strange and unspoken love affair with a man who may as well be a ghost. Really good. It’s great how we never hear the cross-continent army husband, not even as a disembodied voice. How the entropy of crime and deceit is entangled with all kinds of mundane, annoying family hang-ups and how just how much a middle class housewife is made into a compelling, fiercely…

  • The Shop Around the Corner

    The Shop Around the Corner

    ★★★★★

    The Lubitsch touch indeed. Just impossibly perfect construction, performance, tone. You can see in this almost every lesson that Billy Wilder took from his work - there’s a particular late-modern feel to this one that makes it seem the most archetypal, or maybe the most reflective of his protégé’s own films. It’s not just the humour but the sense of timing in every aspect of plotting - the deliberate authorial sense that considers perspective at every turn. The cascading strands…

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  • Possession

    Possession

    ★½

    There was a point where I realised I just didn't care what this was about. I get its allegory on marriage and internalisation and whatever, but I just found it so tedious to watch and impossible to get on board with. So many long, utterly meaningless monologues and annoying directorial decisions too making this a pretty patience testing watch.

    I also didn't find this remotely scary or even disturbing. Felt like one of Cronenberg's early lesser films (if he'd worked…

  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

    ★★★★★

    Oh wow, just finished rewatching Paris Texas and the first thing I read about afterwards is the passing of Harry Dean Stanton. :( How strange and sad. But he lived a great life! We were lucky to have him. I love Travis Henderson so, so much. I found such affinity and affection in every part he played, but never more than here in what he helped make one of the all time great American movies. The tenderness and fragility and pathos just oozed out of Harry Dean. He was a one in a million. A special actor, a special movie. Unrepeatable.