Favorite films

  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • A Hidden Life
  • The Rider

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  • Tomato Red

    ★★★½

  • Ask a Policeman

    ★★★★

  • Deluge

    ★★★½

  • Lapsis

    ★★★½

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  • A Hidden Life

    A Hidden Life

    ★★★★★

    For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light... everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light."
    - Ephesians 5:8-14

    What is the meaning of the darkness?
    At the core of this question in A Hidden Life, Terrence Malick’s latest film, is that familiar visual sense that has come to define his style. Here he weaves darkness and light as both literal cinematic functions and metaphorical…

  • The Rider

    The Rider

    ★★★★½

    An unconventional film that uses the raw performances of its non-actors to underscore a potent spiritual core. The Rider is not afraid to dig into the human experience without the glamour and the polish, and what surfaces are some deeply rooted questions about what makes life worth living.

    There are a few ways in which The Rider could compare to another recently released and well received indie film with untested performances and an unconventional narrative style- Eighth Grade. I bring…

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  • Ask a Policeman

    Ask a Policeman

    ★★★★

    A fun, workmanlike, early, fast paced traditional British comedy. What happens when your police force hasn't had crime to keep them occupied and employed? You stage your own crimes for you to bust. Which seems perfectly reasonable except for the question of what happens when your staged crime uncovers real crime.

    Thus begins the just over an hour of physicsl comedy driven by a decent characters and a solid script. Worth a viewing.

  • Lapsis

    Lapsis

    ★★★½

    Feels shockingly or maybe even frighteningly relevant for a sci-fi film narrowing in on a future where big tech has disrupted society and economics leaving a massive gap in the ever widening class divide.

    Of course the film leans heavily into the typical conservative platform of "save the middle class", and the film not unironically feels like a love letter to them while simultaneously being a scathing critique of companies like Amazon and Apple (the allegory for Amazon is pretty…

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  • You Go To My Head

    You Go To My Head

    ★★★

    An unconventional love story is about all you really need to understand about this film. An unfortunate circumstance leads to a problematic decision that then begins to spiral into something of an undefinable and unstoppable beast.

    And yet in the middle of this there are real, true moments of beauty. The filmmaker has a knack for capturing a moment, for sitting in the dramatic nuance of a simple conversation, silence, or even the subtle shifts in emotion, be it fear,…

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★½

    This film is everything that we need right now during these tough times.

    Or maybe its everything I need. It finds a way to break through the clutter of these pent up feelings and emotions and offers a simple message of hope amidst all the potential for anxiety and depression and exhaustion.

    Just don't mistake that simplicity for a lack of depth. This is a film about complex emotions. Topics like purpose and meaning are not necessarily the kind of…