Joel Mandelkorn

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Favorite films

  • Ikiru
  • Certified Copy
  • Mistress America
  • Burning

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  • In Front of Your Face

    ★★★★

  • Parallel Mothers

    ★★½

  • Volver

    ★★★★

  • Playground

    ★★★

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  • In Front of Your Face

    In Front of Your Face

    ★★★★

    Hong Sang-soo keeps it simple, yet perplexing - so it seems. It's another clever ode to the doldrums of daily life. The overlapping existence with others and seemingly absurdist impossibility of actually connecting is a playful set of themes. Love that this is forcefully philosophical and knowingly silly. There's a heartfelt dismissal of self-seriousness and looking both past and ahead. A handful of tangents and untold stories are scattered to remind everyone sometimes shit doesn't happen (at least not in…

  • Parallel Mothers

    Parallel Mothers

    ★★½

    Penélope Cruz and Pedro Almodóvar joining forces again for more mother and women themes, along with the usual complicated relationships. This has a polish and ambition that help it strive for depth beyond its eye-rolling story beats. The themes can't fully escape the superficiality of some of the melodramatic plot points and too-easy character jumps. The opening and closing sections hint at something more politically and personally compelling, but it's all a little clunky and even silly when you take a step back from well-shot style.

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  • Petite Maman

    Petite Maman

    ★★★★½

    A rather remarkable and indelible film from Céline Sciamma. It's so simple and gentle with how it plays out, yet it's fully realized with its yearning childhood fairytale aims. Not sure many films could match the efficiency of how this one sets up its story and dreamlike perspective. The aims of this type of story and approach probably isn't for most people but I'm forever going to be in on a story that wears its thematic and emotional intentions and…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★½

    Good god, Alana Haim is amazing in this film. Truly outrageous. The role and performance are all-time great.

    A visual world-building and storytelling jukebox from Paul Thomas Anderson. Loose, specific and joyful. Love he created another great comedy again that most people won't really think is funny.

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