Favorite films

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

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  • Compulsion

    ★★★★

  • In the Aisles

    ★★★★

  • Prayers for the Stolen

    ★★★★½

  • Zero Fucks Given

    ★★★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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  • The Black Phone

    The Black Phone

    ★★★½

    This would make an interesting double feature with Antlers, another film based on a short story with a limited locale. I enjoyed them both for different reasons.

    Derickson, coming off his work in Dr. Strange, returns to smaller budget, stripped down territory accentuating some well timed jump scares, gradual development, and practical set pieces. He expands on the short story by adding some characters/storybeats and fleshing out the story the otherwise silent spaces around it. This easily could have gotten…

  • The Good Neighbor

    The Good Neighbor

    ★★★½

    A solid thriller with some spotty editing but generally carried by a story that, while it stretches believability at points, works when it is fully engaged with the complicated web of relationships that it weaves. And it definitely commits.

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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…