J.D.

Because movies are good and also important

Favorite films

  • Stray Dog
  • The Passenger
  • Satya
  • Cloud Atlas

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  • I Am Cuba

    ★★½

  • Dersu Uzala

    ★★★★

  • They Live

    ★★

  • Star Wars

    ★★★★

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  • I Am Cuba

    I Am Cuba

    Watched for free on the Mosfilm YouTube channel. I did not like it.

  • Dersu Uzala

    Dersu Uzala

    ★★★★

    Second watch. I could just write "dudes rock" and leave it at that, but I also want to mention this is a profoundly beautiful and charming film. It's basically a string of highly romanticized episodes of this deep bromance. It's ingratiating, for lack of a better word, in a good way. For example, the hugging scene is so heartfelt. Kurosawa staged so many cool scenes but apparently I can only think of meaningless superlatives to describe this film. Also, I had forgotten and was completely surprised again by the final twist. Watched for free with English subtitles on the Mosfilm YouTube channel.

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  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★½

    I guess I'm just not that into Alfonso Cuarón movies. They're extremely hyped each time as some life-changing, never-before-seen cinematic experience. While they're decidedly not (*imho -- I hurry to say that I'm just thinking of my personal impressions of the, for me, largely underwhelming Children of Men and Gravity here). My take is that Cuarón somehow makes small movies on a grand scale. And I hurry to start off by also saying this one isn't half bad, at all.…

  • The Virgin Suicides

    The Virgin Suicides

    ★★★★★

    It's on Netflix. I can't believe how good this movie is. A real delight. All the small moments in the in-between shots make this movie. And it's even more beautiful than Lost in Translation from start to finish. And all that quirky goofy funny irony. Highly recommended.