Favorite films

  • Pierrot le Fou
  • War of the Worlds
  • Paisan
  • To Live and Die in L.A.

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  • Lux Æterna

    ★★★★

  • Climax

    ★★★★½

  • Céline and Julie Go Boating

    ★★★½

  • Diva

    ★★★★½

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  • Werewolves Within

    Werewolves Within

    ★½

    Infantile

  • Tristana

    Tristana

    ★★★★

    Hauntingly placid and inscrutable. My experience with Luis Buñuel before Tristana had been mixed. While I was undoubtedly impressed by and enjoyed Belle du Jour, Un Chien Andalou, and Viridiana, they didn’t quite impact me as much as their reputation as earth-shattering masterpieces might suggest. And I found The Exterminating Angel downright underwhelming. Tristana on the other hand, entranced me on that instantly recognizable, special level certain films do. There’s a perfect synthesis between Buñuel’s "rigorously neutral" style and the…

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★

    The structure is laughably bloated—for one thing, how many goddamn climaxes does this movie have? Paired with a whopping 152 minute running time, the perceived length of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is unendurable. It's a shame; otherwise this probably would've been entertaining enough, perhaps even something greater. I applaud Rian Johnson's relative experimentation within the Star Wars sequels formula and much of the criticism directed towards this (particularly those who accuse this of "disrespecting Star Wars" or anything that…

  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    ★★★★★

    Howard Hawks famously said that a good movie is "three great scenes, no bad ones." More literally, he probably meant "only three showy scenes," and it's sound logic, of which Memories of Murder can be viewed as confirmation. The film is languorous, the direction is subdued, far from showy, excepting those "three [roughly] scenes." Yet riveting throughout. Bong Joon-ho expertly utilizes the rule of thirds, visual balance, and placing the camera at just the right angle to strikingly capture all…