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  • Vertigo
  • Touch of Evil
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • The Night of the Hunter

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  • The Wind That Shakes the Barley


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Recent reviews

  • Ithaka


    The case of Julian Assange is about global press freedom. But it's also about a human being who has been persecuted and the impact of that ordeal on his family, friends, and loved ones.

    This human side of the Assange case is very rarely seen, because most portrayals of Assange leave him devoid of any humanity.

    Assange is incarcerated in Belmarsh during this film and we only see him in phone calls to loved one and old footage. Yet, although the focus is on the struggle of his wife and father to free him, this film restores much of that humanity to Assange.

  • Triangle of Sadness

    Triangle of Sadness


    An attention seeker who writes for the National Review unfavorably compared this to Buñuel’s Exterminating Angel and Godard’s Weekend.

    Perhaps the seed was planted in my mind, but watching this I saw quite a bit of Godard in it (especially Weekend) and could see an argument to be made for a lineage that dates back to Buñuel. It certainly does not exceed Godard in didacticism (something even the most dedicated Godard fan must concede is difficult). And given that the…

Popular reviews

  • Hereditary



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

    Hereditary is a cowardly film.

    It presents itself on first viewing as exploring the terror that stems from a simply unbearable grief. The terror is ultimately compounded by the randomness of death and human powerlessness in the face of it. However, the ending reveals none of this to be true. The film is ultimately unwilling to cope with this real terror, instead going with a bizarre ending that uncovers a convoluted plot that alters the meaning of the entire film.…

  • Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio


    Visually stunning stop motion animation and a delight to watch. For a film about a wooden puppet, it is also surprisingly emotionally moving.

    A lot has been made about del Toro's decision to set the film in fascist Italy and how it is to be considered part of a trilogy with The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth. This is undeniably the weakest part of the film. There isn't really a strong coherent message about either fascism or war, as much…