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Favorite films

  • Seven Samurai
  • Dersu Uzala
  • Amadeus
  • Little Women

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  • Past Lives

    ★★★★

  • Brokeback Mountain

    ★★★★½

  • The Eight Mountains

    ★★★½

  • The Devil's Advocate

    ★★½

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  • Black Narcissus

    Black Narcissus

    ★★★★½

    The greatest achievement of Black Narcissus is that not for a second do you even consider that the film was entirely shot in Pinewood Studios

  • The Searchers

    The Searchers

    ★★★★★

    Europe has Homer's Odyssey, the Americans have John Ford's The Searchers. The movie is the essence of the American west, it's final scene the essence of moviemaking.

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  • Hannibal

    Hannibal

    ★★½

    As far as Italian – or in this case Italian-American – sword & sandal productions go, there are far worse examples than Hannibal. To be sure, by today’s standards this film is absolutely awful, but I always appreciate how these films, despite their low budgets, still manage to make them feel somewhat ‘epic’ through the use of practical effects. You have to appreciate these films for what they are: just fun Sunday afternoon entertainment. Nothing more, nothing less. Of course, Victor…

  • Mr. Klein

    Mr. Klein

    ★★★★½

    As Hitchock has shown with North by Northwest, it is possible to create unrivalled high adventure by using mistaken identity as its premise and building a spy thriller around it. Joseph Losey’s Mr. Klein takes the notion of identity crisis to a whole new level of doppelgänger paranoia (or rather say horror) that contemporary American films like Klute or The Parallax View could only have hoped to achieve. The Cold War, the Kennedy assassination and the downfall of Nixon undoubtedly…

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  • The Stranger

    The Stranger

    ★★★½

    “No! He still follows his warrior gods marching to Wagnerian strains, his eyes still fixed upon the firey sword of Siegfried, and he knows subterranean meeting places that you don't believe in. The German's dream world comes alive when he takes his place in shining armor beneath the banners of the Teutonic knights. Mankind is waiting for the Messiah, but for the German, the Messiah is not the Prince of Peace. No, he's... another Barbarossa... another Hitler.”

    Only Orson Welles…

  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard

    ★★★★★

    "So they were turning after all, those cameras. Life, which can be strangely merciful, had taken pity on Norma Desmond. The dream she had clung to so desperately had enfolded her."

    Sunset Boulevard might have the best script ever written for a movie. Having seen this movie now for a third time, I have come to believe that this truly is one of the greatest movies ever made. The dialogue, the cinematography, the dark, yet mysterious characters, the fun cameo…