Adam Bernstein

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Top four = recent faves.

I'm quietly judging you.

Favorite films

  • Comrades, Almost a Love Story
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales
  • Perfect Days
  • For a Few Dollars More

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  • Stonewalling

    ★★★★

  • Any Rags

  • It Happened One Night

    ★★★★★

  • The Boxer from Shantung

    ★★★★½

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  • Stonewalling

    Stonewalling

    ★★★★

    Effective, bleak drama about a naive young woman navigating her way through the perilous gig economy in contemporary China. Does the near-impossible and incorporates the pandemic in an interesting, convincing way. Well-performed by a cast of mostly non-professionals, and gorgeously shot with a static camera and lots of single take scenes.

  • It Happened One Night

    It Happened One Night

    ★★★★★

    Invents every romantic comedy trope and executes them all so well that most of them were never topped.

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★

    How I imagine the producers pitched this to Villeneuve:

    VILLENEUVE: I dunno, this seems sort of hopeful and uplifting. I prefer dark stories about serial killers and drug runners. I don't really see why you came to me, to be honest.

    PRODUCERS: Did we mention there's a giant spider creature thing?

    VILLENEUVE: I'M IN.

    (This joke for the thirty people who saw ENEMY).

  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★½

    Pretty fucking great. Peele confirms he's got the goods. The UNBREAKABLE to GET OUT's 6th SENSE, this is a darker, less crowd-pleasing, weirder film than Peele's breakout. It's also scarier, funnier, and in many ways better, stuffed to the brim with memorable nightmare imagery. Plus, it has the benefit of a showstopping performance from Lupita Nyong'o -- the best horror lead performance since Toni Collette in HEREDITARY.

    It's true that the ideas aren't as cleanly presented as they were in…