David Conner

David Conner

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Favorite films

  • Cremaster 1
  • The Dark, Krystle
  • All About Eve
  • Female Trouble

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  • Last Night in Soho

    ★★★

  • Lamb

    ★★★★★

  • Flamingo Road

    ★★★

  • High Flyers

    ★★★

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  • Penda's Fen

    Penda's Fen

    ★★★★½

    Stephen: “I had a dream like that, sir. Like the queen in the play, sir.”
    Housemaster Cooke: “Was it of a snake?”

    This was one of those very rare films that I felt compelled to watch twice, and on the second viewing, I found my opinion of it had taken a 180 degree turn. What I first thought was a pile of self-regarding, grandiose horseshit became a strangely energizing manifesto about queerness — very broadly defined — as the foundation…

  • Tilbury

    Tilbury

    ★★★

    From the country that gave us the Eyjafjallajökull ash clouds, Björk and Sigur Rós comes this bizarre little made-for-TV curiosity. Ostensibly a folk-horror take on the 1940 British invasion of Iceland (yes, that actually happened), it ends up being a quasi-Cronenbergian, quasi-hilarious body horror take on male anxieties about female sexuality.

    Moving to forestall the possibility of a Nazi takeover, in May of 1940 the British sent in a mere 746 troops to take control of the tiny island nation.…

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  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★

    Edgar Wright has many strengths as a director — male bonding, male introversion, and male fantasies of metamorphosis from nerd/outcast to messianic hero. That is to say, his wheelhouse is really the narrow spectrum of dream logics that fuel most of geekbro culture. He’s not so great at dealing with actual trauma, real mental illness, or anything having to do with living, breathing women.

    If the quintessential Wright film is Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Last Night in Soho indulges…

  • Lamb

    Lamb

    ★★★★★

    It was interesting to watch this so soon after having seen Titane — another film about the capacity of a bereft parent to bond with someone or something that’s not entirely human. Lamb’s themes also triangulate in a provocative way with those of Ducournau’s previous film, Raw — an exploration of the labile boundary between the human and the animal. On a more abstract, reflexive — I guess I might as well say “meta” — level, I’d propose that it…

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  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★½

    I find myself more consistently surprised by Korean films than by any other national cinema. It’s not just their oft-cited proclivity for “genre-mixing” that accounts for this unpredictability; it’s the way in which the most influential Korean filmmakers of the past three decades have been seemingly unconcerned with maintaining any aesthetic separation whatsoever between “art films” and popular, genre-inflected entertainment. Burning is my first encounter with the work of Lee Chang-dong, but, like the films of his slightly younger generational…

  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    ★★★★

    My mom is visiting us from Florida this week, and this is first movie that the three of us watched together. Her review: “It was…weird.” Basically she was like Marlowe’s cat turning up her nose at all the smelly new stuff getting served out of a similar-looking can. 

    If she were not here — or if I were not such an attentive gay son — I’d probably pontificate at some length on the distinctively Seventies sense of malaise that permeates…