Favorite films

  • In the Mood for Love
  • Distant Voices, Still Lives
  • My Own Private Idaho
  • All About Eve

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  • Triangle

    ★★★

  • Broadcast Signal Intrusion

    ★★

  • I Stand Alone

    ★★★½

  • Carne

    ★★★

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  • I Stand Alone

    I Stand Alone

    ★★★½

    First time viewing for this, my fourth Gaspar Noe film and I’m still not really sure what I think of him. I suspect there is something here beyond mere provocation, something that speaks to society’s ills or that mischievously punctures notions of film makers (and indeed viewers) having a responsibility to make moral statements. Philippe Nahon’s superb portrayal of a misanthropic, nihilistic, raging, resentful and increasingly delusional character is also grimly compelling. Yet there is also something really quite irritating about the brash intertitles, shotgun zooms and lurches to luridness. I just don’t know.

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★

    One additional star for Bjork’s cameo and some interesting aesthetic and formal choices in the first 40 minutes or so. Beyond that, this is unrepentantly tiresome and heavy handed. I had little to no investment in it.

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  • Springsteen On Broadway

    Springsteen On Broadway

    ★★★★

    “We live amongst ghosts, always trying to reach us from that shadow world.” Undeniably moving.

  • La Flor

    La Flor

    ★★

    I guess a multi layered trifle that is so big it has to be consumed over three days is still ultimately a trifle.


    On a less flippant note, I am struggling to see what the fuss is about here. Llinas repeatedly sets up the various episodes as being a celebration of his four actresses - but they seem to be too often playing roles without depth, and over the course of nearly 14 hours of screen time, my overall impression…