Favorite films

  • Metropolis
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
  • Real Genius
  • Beyond the Black Rainbow

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  • Free Solo

    ★★★★

  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

  • Terrified

    ★★

  • In the Loop

    ★★★★

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  • To the Adventure

    To the Adventure

    This movie talks way too much and is neither cerebral or insightful. It's loaded with a heapin' helpin' of complete bullshit metaphysics and occasionally interesting scenes (you know the ones).

    Beyond the after-nine-at-night Cinemax channel stuff, you got a movie deep as a kiddie pool and not nearly as fun. It desperately wants to be rich in an exploration of the human condition and satisfaction, as in, "my guy couldn't get a porn star off," and it isn't. Just watch…

  • Eyes of Laura Mars

    Eyes of Laura Mars

    Could this have been a good movie? Sadly, yes, it had lots of potential, and here are the things that killed it:

    1. The world's most icky, chemistry-free couple, brought to you by TLJ and Faye Dunaway. So much NO here.
    2. Not nearly enough Rene Auberjonois fey prancing.
    3. TLJ's commanding forehead ridge and oppressive unibrow. I could. Not stop. Staring.
    4. Inexplicable asides with minor characters.

    The whole premonition "gift" trope in films is always a hard one…

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  • I Am Happiness on Earth

    I Am Happiness on Earth

    I think the best possible user review for this film nails it in one line: "Pretensioso e mal acabado."

    You don't have to speak Portuguese to recognize the word "pretentious." And "mal" means BAD. Everywhere.

    WTF did I just watch?

    People wander on and off the screen, and it's purely accidental that we ever learn their names. This film showcases weird parties, the world's worst band and lead singer in any language, and incongruent sex. Yes, I used incongruent because…

  • See the Sea

    See the Sea

    ★★★★★

    What many films lack these days is a use of the art of subtlety and, when applicable, a true tone and feel of intense creepy.

    This film does both exceptionally well.

    I must admit that I feel odd clicking the "Like" icon for this film because its subject and events are not likable whatsoever. I enjoyed the director's pacing, love the weird-you-out/isolationist atmosphere, and love how the director makes you side-eye the drifter from minute one. The drifter is a…