Christian Paystrup

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Favorite films

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • WALL·E
  • The Red Shoes

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  • Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★★

  • Dune

    ★★★★★

  • Einstein and the Bomb

    ★½

  • Kedi

    ★★★★

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  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    Cléo from 5 to 7

    ★★★★★

    “You've always got the answers. It's funny. I've always got questions.”

    Varda’s playfulness for the cinematic camera to a swaying pen extends to the very nature of time as it is perceived within film. Where film constantly seeks to hide our awareness of time within its construction, (4 hours can fly by, 80 minutes can be an eternity), Cléo from 5 to 7 instead opts to constantly remind us of its 90 minutes. The chapters that spread throughout the film constantly…

  • The Zone of Interest

    The Zone of Interest

    ★★★★★

    As we’ve entered the state of the Internet, the nature of how we view the horrors of humanity has shifted. When it’s constantly in our face everyday, it becomes mundane, it’s become normal. We’re desensitized. Which makes Glazer’s Zone of Interest such a brilliant examination of evil by doing exactly that, removing our biggest sense we view evil through to see even further in. All that separates the “paradisal” garden from Auschwitz is literally a wall and some vines. The ashes…

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  • Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★★

    “You may die. You may see.”

    Can’t seem to figure out how to write a dang review of this without just immediately wanting to leap into spoilers. Just as spectacular as Part I but with every element of it turned even way up to the point it feels as if it dwarfs it. Lot more adaptation changes, all leading to the right place, all pointing the path to Messiah. Its biggest strength is how much Villeneuve really has managed to make…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★★

    “I serve only one master. His name is Shai-Hulud.”

    As fine a blockbuster as anyone could hope for. Know in the Twitter sphere this last week, people have gotten all up in arms about Villeneuve’s expression of frustration with over-reliance on dialogue but for this adaptation, it’s the feature, not a bug that makes it all work. Countless passages of Herbert’s work become images, sounds, and sensations that stick with you, and better yet, make the dense dialogue even easier…

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  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★½

    “Everyone keeps telling me how my story is supposed to go. Nah, imma do my own thing.”

    There’s so much that has occurred in the wake of the first Spider-Verse five years ago, both to animation but the superhero genre, and even more the way in which film engages with itself. It has spurred our current fascination with the multiverse as a narrative tool and unfortunately for every Everything Everywhere All At Once we’ve gotten from it there is a The…

  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    ★★★★★

    My favorite producing/writing duo Lord and Miller are back at it with their follow-up to Spider-Verse along with Gravity Falls writer Mike Rianda in the director’s chair with The Mitchells VS The Machines, and holy crap! The mad lads have done it again! Featuring all of the duo’s wacky and creative gags, big juicy heart, fun and lovable cast of characters, and a big love letter to weirdos everywhere. And of course, the stellar animation genuinely felt like a nice…