ethan cartwright

ethan cartwright

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Favorite films

  • Ashes of Time
  • The Magnificent Ambersons
  • La Notte
  • Wagon Master

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  • Defending Your Life

    ★★★★½

  • La Bête Humaine

    ★★★★

  • Rush Hour

    ★★★

  • A Hard Day's Night

    ★★★½

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  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    ★★★★½

    "There's always a bigger fish."

    a helluva lot smarter than most people realize. in this film (and later installments in the prequel trilogy, I'm now realizing) Lucas examines how corporations can end up controlling and influencing governments to their own benefit, how small planets/nations and their citizens can be exploited by more powerful political groups, how the weaknesses of democracy can be cleverly and easily used to give rise to fascism. all this and Lucas delivers incredible visuals, wonderfully expanding…

  • The Searchers

    The Searchers

    ★★★★★

    Wayne's best performance out of anything I've ever seen him in before. Ford casts him as Ethan Edwards, almost the antithesis of his character from Stagecoach 17 years previous: old and bitter instead of young and hopeful, simple persistence turned into dogged obsession, filled with hate and rage at the world's ugliness rather than respect and kindness at its beauty. Amazed that people have criticized this as racist -- it's one of the few westerns I've watched that accurately depicts…

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  • Zeros and Ones

    Zeros and Ones

    ★★★★

    "I am your enemy, but your enemy won't be gone when you kill me."

    "My brother is a revolutionary."

  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Twin Peaks: The Return

    ★★★★★

    "Is it future...or is it past?"

    trapped in the rotting corpse of American dreams and myths, unable to escape the trauma and violence so long buried under the surface that only now starts showing its true face. still cannot believe this exists, a work so overwhelming in its scope and emotional breadth that it's almost impossible to write about. probably the greatest film of the 21st century thus far.

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  • Bulworth

    Bulworth

    ★★★★½

    "So you're saying the Democratic Party doesn't care about the African American community?"
    "Isn't that obvious?"

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

    found this eerily similar to the final season of The Sopranos, obsessed with the inevitability of death and the ever-looming question, "what is this all for?" eventually, there will be nothing left except your memories of people and places forgotten by everyone else. it is what it is, whether you're the president of the largest union in America or the hitman sent to kill him.