Brian Formo

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Favorite films

  • Marie Antoinette
  • Leave Her to Heaven
  • Carol
  • Labyrinth of Dreams

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  • The Three Musketeers

    ★★

  • My Cousin Vinny

    ★★★½

  • Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★

  • Challengers

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  • May December

    May December

    ★★★★★

    May December is a favorite type of film for me. One that expands the more you think about it because the film itself is a conversation starter, it has no answers, and it takes a big swing. The swing here is a heightened tone that I could only pithily describe as if Almodóvar made Persona. There is an actress, Elizabeth Berry (Natalie Portman), and a woman (Julianne Moore) whose sexual past with a minor has made her a community pariah. …

  • Morvern Callar

    Morvern Callar

    ★★★★★

    Morvern Callar has one of the bleakest cold opens of any film. We see the titular woman (played by Samantha Morton), as she wakes up with her boyfriend dead from suicide on the floor and a computer screen that says "READ ME." The note instructs her to "be brave" and to send his novel to various publishers he's listed. That's the plot portion of the opening, before we even get there we lay with Morvern on the floor, her fingers…

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  • My Cousin Vinny

    My Cousin Vinny

    ★★★½

    Someone name a wrench after Marisa Tomei already!

  • Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★

    More than overcomes a convoluted start and finds the proper sandwalk rhythm to become both a stirring standalone film and a setup for a third installment. I missed the warmth that Jason Momoa and Oscar Isaac brought to the (otherwise chilly) first film, but Part Two grows to become better overall.

    I especially loved the final melodramatic moments — they felt like space William Wyler.

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  • TÁR

    TÁR

    ★★★★★

    To give a hint at what's special about TÁR you needn't look further than the opening credits. The opening credits start backwards with members of the crew that generally are at the very end of the end credits, like catering and production units and assistant editors. This is a movie about how an ego can grow too big and turn to manipulation when one role gets too much credit in a collaborative field. An orchestra is like a film set,…

  • Anatomy of a Fall

    Anatomy of a Fall

    ★★★★

    The best aspect of this courtroom drama is how patiently it reveals its intention to show how a microscopic lens on a relationship can be uglier and more hurtful than existing in the relationship itself. That level of scrutiny over an argument or the cloud of doubt over an unknowable intent. Sandra Hüller is great but I was immensely impressed by the arc and performance of her young son, Milo Machado Graner, who is having to navigate an adult methodology…