Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Pinned reviews

More
  • Certified Copy

    Certified Copy

    ★★★★★

    Nothing has changed.
    But you have.

    Six years since I saw this. A lifetime ago. It feels like yesterday. A different film this time. That's part of the point. Its twists less a coup than clues undeciphered. We are beholden to our prejudiced perspectives, in cinema as much as in life. The past behind, the future before. All at a remove, lives glanced in a glass. We want to go back and can't wait to get away. A relationship, a…

  • Stranger by the Lake

    Stranger by the Lake

    ★★★★½

    Review from my VOD column "This Week on Demand"

    What curious creatures we humans are, with the intelligence to understand our animalistic urges yet not the inhibitions to overcome them. Fatty food, we understand, tastes good to trick us into eating it aplenty. So it is with sex, procreation and pleasure inherently intertwined, evolutionary urges linking lust and love under the auspices of attraction. Stranger by the Lake is a microcosmic masterpiece, its streamlined screenplay and sole setting condensing these…

Recent reviews

More
  • West Beirut

    West Beirut

    ★★★½

    Desperately messy edit and pace can't derail the impact of this wartime Bildungsfilm. Doueiri's first has all the hallmarks of a debut—one without any good equipment to boot—and a general narrative framing of conflict through innocent eyes that might easily feel overfamiliar. That it doesn't is testament to the cultural particularities and dramatic legitimacy he manages. His '70s Beirut is well-invoked, the pain of its split deeply felt.

  • Gregory's Girl

    Gregory's Girl

    ★★★½

    Little nostalgic evocation of my school days here—girls and soccer were, shall we say, in short supply—but Forsyth's winningly outré lines make it hardly matter. There are some asides here that had me howling.

Popular reviews

More
  • Enter the Void

    Enter the Void

    ★★★★½

    Certain films you love because they touch you personally. Others you love because they tell a story so gripping you feel part of it yourself. Some you love for their part in shaping you as a cinephile, even as a person. Then there are the handful of films you love simply because you must love: because they represent so bold an authorial vision, so striking a view of the world, so wholly unique a perspective on life through cinema, that…

  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    Werckmeister Harmonies

    ★★★★★

    Why do I hold Werckmeister Harmonies aloft as the greatest film I have ever seen? A huge part of it, admittedly, and the thing that makes me think it will remain my favourite film to the day I die, is its profound personal relevance. I first saw the film about 5 years ago now, at a time when my interest in cinema was in the very very earliest stages of blossoming. It blew me away. Takes that long, images that…