Favorite films

  • The Godfather: Part II
  • The Godfather
  • Manhattan
  • West Side Story

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  • Voyage of the Rock Aliens

    ★★★

  • My Science Project

    ★★

  • Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★★½

  • Breeders

    ★★

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  • Patton

    Patton

    ★★★★

    That imagery. That speech. That performance. That music. I profoundly dislike the cliche "They don't make them like they used to," but, keeping in the spirit of PATTON (1970), in which General George S. Patton is depicted as an anachronism in his own time, Franklin J. Schaffner's epic look at Patton's turbulent final years also feels out-of-time at the dawn of "New Hollywood"-era filmmaking. Five decades later, the differences are even starker, both between the grand stature of the film…

  • Heaven Can Wait

    Heaven Can Wait

    ★★½

    Pleasant, with nice low-key star performances. I can like 1970s New Hollywood shambling carefree low effort writing, but this feels like barely a first draft. Need to re-watch Here Comes Mister Jordan, which I recall as much more effective.

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  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    I simply didn't care. Great acting, particularly by Ed Norton and Emma Stone. Early on Stone's character lets loose with an eviscerating speech that summed up my feelings exactly. Then it kept going for over an hour.

  • Sin City

    Sin City

    ½

    This movie is almost a perfect vortex of things I don't like: style over substance, precious film noir homage, relentless recycling of cliches, hyper-overprocessd visuals making live action look like a cartoon, the "story"-telling of Robert Rodriguez, soulless action, comic books...

    This was a staggeringly artful complete miss, and I'm kind of impressed by it. There wasn't a single moment that interested me. Some of the visuals were neat, but none gave it any value, and I found it tedious throughout, despite generally liking most of the actors (when did Mickey Rourke turn into a 'roided-up Robert Stack?).