Favorite films

  • Inherent Vice
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Ugetsu
  • Hellraiser

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  • Carrie

    ★★★★★

  • Legends of the Fall

    ★★★★

  • Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

    ★★★★★

  • Brick

    ★★★★½

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  • Carrie

    Carrie

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Underlying all stories from any time or place in history are characters who just want to be happy. Heroes and villians all act accordingly. Right or wrong, their means of obtaining happiness create many outcomes encompassing many genres. Sometimes things work out so well the story can only be called a fairy tale. When the search for happiness goes irreparably wrong, you get horror. Carrie is a cruel film because it tortures the audience with the comfortingly familiar foundations of…

  • Legends of the Fall

    Legends of the Fall

    Somewhere between guilty pleasure and outright favorite lies Legends of the Fall, the only movie ever made to show a cow get tangled and shredded in barbed wire and euthanized, and cut to a romantic scene of two lovers bathing nude in a hot spring at sunset like the aforementioned scene didn't happen literally seconds ago.

    It's widely remembered as a romantic vehicle for Brad Pitt to be a photogenic and dreamy icon for two hours, and it totally is,…

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  • Mirror

    Mirror

    ★★★★★

    We live inside a nonlinear series of memories which we attempt to reconcile with the present, but by the time the memory catches up, the present has become a memory itself.

    Hindsight is what allows us to see how significant the history we've lived through really is in the grand scheme of things.

    The Mirror is to cinema what James Joyce's Ulysses is to literature. So personal in such specific ways that it becomes universal when approached outside itself. I…

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★★

    It's been years since I saw Winter Light, but I'm pretty sure I prefer this to Ingmar Bergman's masterpiece.

    A cry from hell about a man of God. Deeply depressing in a way that healed my soul. I have few words for this one.

    It's not subtle in it's sociopolitical views, and it should not be. But where it could be didactic, shouting its messages out of the images, it instead works the other way, pulling you inward and inviting…