Favorite films

  • The Third Man
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Shadow of a Doubt
  • Lost in Translation

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  • The Card Counter

    ★★★½

  • Mission: Impossible

    ★★★½

  • Thief

    ★★★★

  • Days of Thunder

    ★★★

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    Watched it in an AMC theater to get the back-to-back Kidman/Cruise double billing "thank you for watching this in the theater" announcement experience. Found myself crying for like the entire last hour of the film, not sure why. I heard a woman sitting behind me say the same thing to her date, that she cried for an hour and wasn't sure why. I think, at least for me, it's the weirdly emotional acknowledgement that the biggest movie star on the…

  • Up in the Air

    Up in the Air

    ★★★★★

    "What's In Your Backpack" is the original Marie Kondo.

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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★★

    Probably the most relevant film of the 2010s and early '20s. How does one go on living a normal life with existential catastrophe looming closer and closer on the horizon? How does one not only survive but maintain a faith? How is it possible to wake up each day and not have a complete moral and spiritual breakdown? It isn't -- not if you're really paying attention.

  • Stardust

    Stardust

    ½

    This is the worst thing I've ever seen, and I lived through a war.