TJ D_____

I own two cats and a dog, or, rather, they own me.

Favorite films

  • The Third Man
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • The Tree of Life
  • Fanny and Alexander

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  • Céline and Julie Go Boating

  • La Vérité

    ★★★★

  • The Swimming Pool

    ★★★★

  • Demon Squad

    ½

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  • The Swimming Pool

    The Swimming Pool

    ★★★★

    I had no idea Guadagnino remade this as A Bigger Splash. Very different aesthetics in shooting hot people poolside. Really liked this—perfect for the 94 degree day.

  • La Vérité

    La Vérité

    ★★★★

    Clouzot could direct the hell out of a courtroom drama--dynamic shots that help the drama of the event.

    And Brigitte Bardot is quite the talent to hang your tragedy on.

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  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    This film is sub narrative. It’s merely a clipshow, or a greatest hits package of only the obvious hits, none of the more interesting deep cuts.

    The worst best picture nominee of the decade. Maybe the 21st Century.

  • Close-Up

    Close-Up

    ★★★★★

    #90sMarathon

    There isn't much more for me to say about this film-- most of it has already been said and better than I could. It's such a beautiful look at the roles we play in our day to day, and the collision between art and "reality", whatever that is. This docudrama is one of the great Iranian films, one of the great 90s films, no. It's one of the great films.

    Here is what I wrote about it for Abandoned…