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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  • White Material

    ★★★★

  • Greenberg

    ★★★½

  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    ★★★★★

  • She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

    ★★★★½

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  • White Material

    White Material

    ★★★★

    One of Claire Denis' postcolonial texts, here a fable about violence and the ways cultural violence can lead directly to physical violence.

    Huppert, always one of the great screen presences, is particularly workmanlike here, to the benefit of the film.

  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    Au Hasard Balthazar

    ★★★★★

    The titular donkey is one of the great film performances. It's perversely funny that Bresson's most memorable character is a donkey considering his opinion of screen acting, but man it's emotionally affecting.

    One of the great heartbreaking endings of cinema.

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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…