Lover of great film, and books. And a would-be writer and seeker.
The Dark Crystal 1982
Enchanting and mystical with symbolism and universal truth everywhere. What is the broken shard from the crystal? That which has become the black sun, where everything is divided, and wisdom and truth seek each other.
This is the Hero's Journey - it is a gift of metaphysical adventure and ultimate understanding. It is the story of temptation, of prophecy - it is the best kind of allegory told with some sophisticated puppetry. It is the mind seeking wisdom (the shard)…
Battlestar Galactica 2003
Nudged this half-a-star because I appreciate what rock-solid storytelling is going on here. It's been a few years since I last sat down to start this series again, and right away we believe these characters and their response to doomsday on a galactic level.
A good picture is only as good as its writing, and good sci-fi is hard to pull off without being derivative or cheesy, or just plain dumb. This manages to sidestep the traps and stays on course as a great adventure.
Mulholland Drive 2001
David Lynch loves the art of film, and like a true artist has just about created his own sub-genre and it is near impossible to compare to any other director. Like Kubrick, Lynch assumes his audience can think for themselves and doesn't need to explain every nuance. Is this film fantasy? Is it a parallel universe? Near-death experience? Drug-induced delusion? I think I know what it all means, but I could be wrong, and you know what, I don't need…
Soft & Quiet 2022
This is awful. I tried to decide early on if it was satire, an extended SNL skit, or a stumbling attempt at social commentary.
How many absurd generalities can be packed into one picture? People acting like monsters with superficial motivations that play like a very bad PSA.
The nonsense then compounds itself so that I felt embarrassed for the actors who had to fill these roles and play out this propaganda. Next time, if you're going to tackle a…