Collin Brinkmann

Just gonna use this as a place for rough thoughts on things--star ratings are purely polemical and no word is final.

Favorite films

  • I'd Climb the Highest Mountain
  • Ludwig
  • Grass
  • Mank

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  • The Life of the Dead

    ★★★★★

  • Eastern Promises

    ★★★★★

  • Grass

    ★★★★★

  • Unconquered

    ★★★★★

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  • Grass

    Grass

    ★★★★★

    as contrapuntal as late Godard

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★★

    I think I underrated this....
    Bright blown-out liquid digital, nu-bullet time isn't about speed anymore it's about slowness, kung-fu acrobatics replaced by shot-reverse shot weighted in the most banally beautiful reality + frame-braking wave-making explosions of viscous visual ingenuity....
    Ideas ideas ideas ideas, plus action. The structure is insane : meta-playfulness/social critique --> full throttle re-baptism --> 'boring' lore drop world-rebuilding --> flitting in and out of action philosophy / philosophical action --> straight-up world-shattering/rebirthing Miracle.
    The movie itself is…

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  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★★★

    why do you love me?

    With Fincher it always comes back to this: loneliness, plus its attendant causes and effects -- alienation and self-isolation, ambition and failure, love and disappointment, desire and loss, etc. etc. The questions of why certain people stick around and others leave when someone is who they are and does what they do. I find Mank and his wife's relationship quite moving, and as such is a great example of how Fincher subtly operates with this…

  • The Card Counter

    The Card Counter

    ★★★★★

    who are you, God?

    Schrader's L'argent, a movie that is barely a movie, a film at the end of the 21st century. Conversations filmed in shot-reverse shot or in two shots with no resemblance to any conversations i've ever seen in a movie, the lack of perceptible tension, momentum, excitement in them is the very thing that makes them tense, momentous, exciting. As late films go this one is veerrry late. It seemingly exists not to be a film but…