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Favorite films

  • Vertigo
  • The Witch
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • King and Country

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  • Some Like It Hot

    ★★★★½

  • Niagara

    ★★

  • Men in War

    ★★★★

  • Mouchette

    ★★★★

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  • The Bride Wore Black

    The Bride Wore Black

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    What this film could have been. First of all, it really should have been a giallo feature. The setup would have been perfect - the woman, typically the lavishly dispatched victim in a giallo, would become the huntress, while the men would be the ones murdered in glorious giallo fashion. Fantastic. Alternately, Trauffaut could have leaned into the trauma and horror of the groom being shot on his wedding day and woven a story that is emotionally agonizing for the…

  • Goodnight Mommy

    Goodnight Mommy

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "Wait! I know! Let's take every iconic image of the Nazi terror and use them to make a film about..."

    "...how Austria took forever to come to terms with its Nazi past??? Sounds interesting!"

    "Well...no....I just thought we'd make it all, like scary and shit because Nazis are scary!"

    "Um...ok. So that's the film actually about, then...?"

    "Uhhhh....I have no idea. Wait!!! I know!! Let's make this kid have horrific trauma issues because...I don't know, I'll figure that out. But…

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  • Bent

    Bent

    ★★

    This is one of those films that I so want to love but can't unless I suspend my critical faculties. The topic - the treatment of homosexuals in Nazi Germany - is deeply important and worthy of study. The film has strengths, found mostly in the first 30 minutes. I like how the film bravely leans into queer culture, not remotely holding back (and kudos to Mick Jagger for his participation in the film). The transition to Owens' character's internment…

  • The Father

    The Father

    ★★★★★

    The saddest film I've seen since Manchester By The Sea. Poetic, gutting, magnificent. Well-deserved Oscar for Hopkins, who is simply astonishing.

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  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Far from perfect, often ridiculous, but just way too much fun.

    Claude Rains is way over the top here, playing Dr. Jack Griffin as pathologically irritable, constantly monologuing at the bewildered townsfolk and taking delight in not only causing mischief but actually killing people. All of this badness is attributed to the drug he took during his research into invisibility - an apparent departure from the original story, in which Griffin is already mad when when he takes the serum.…

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It really does play like you have heard, like a video game, which is a hollow, dull and, frankly, dumb way to convey the horror story of WW1. The film plays out like a campaign from Call of Duty: Trench Wars. We are quickly introduced to the two main characters and, before we get any backstory or have any opportunity to infer anything about their respective characters, off we go into CGI land. Our characters proceed to encounter obstacle after…