Adam Bernstein

Adam Bernstein

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Top four = recent faves.

I'm quietly judging you.

Favorite films

  • Charley Varrick
  • Night Moves
  • Blue Collar
  • Rolling Thunder

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  • Old

    ★★★½

  • The Color of Money

    ★★★★

  • The Collector

    ★★★★

  • French Water

    ★★★

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  • Old

    Old

    ★★★½

    Surprised at how much I liked this one. Dialogue is awful and characters are overly broad, but formally it's easily Night's most impressive and daring film in ages, which went a long way for me. And while I wish it delved more into the existential terror of aging instead of focusing so much on the physical elements, said physical elements provide plenty of gooey body horror thrills (one nasty death felt like the closest anyone's gotten to capturing the feel…

  • The Color of Money

    The Color of Money

    ★★★★

    Script is a little shallow and low stakes, but the three leads are all fantastic and Scorsese's kinetic style is off-the-charts good. Love all the great character actors in small supporting roles, too (Forrest Whitaker!). Might have gone higher in my rating, were it not for a weirdly flat, damp squib third act.

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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…