Favorite films

  • The Double Life of Véronique
  • Beau Is Afraid
  • Dark City
  • Once Upon a Time in America

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  • One from the Heart


  • Deathtrap


  • Eating Raoul


  • Lola


Pinned reviews

  • Come and See

    Come and See


    Although I've seen people call this a realistic movie, nothing in it strikes me as real, in the sense of photographic realness that captures an event accurately.

    Seen through the eyes of a 13-14 year old protagonist, with a wandering, moving camera that itself feels like a real participant in the movie (and thus the movie's persuasion is very powerful -- you feel like you are there with everyone), "Come and See" depicts a wartime nightmare of what it feels…

  • Three Colours: Blue

    Three Colours: Blue


    "Blue" is less a formal movie than a visual lyric dedicated to grief. You could say that the main character suffers terrible loss and, as the plot goes, she deals with it. That's it.

    But wait, Kieslowski structured these Three Colors films around the French Revolution's three values, even though he downplayed that, and "Blue" is about liberty. I'm one to think that his movies, whether Three Colors or Decalogue, are in fact profound meditations on their topic.

    How is…

Recent reviews

  • One from the Heart

    One from the Heart


    When released, Coppola's film follow-up to "Apocalypse Now" was a bomb.

    And yet let's ask a question: if this were released as an A24 movie today, it would ... win Best Picture.

    Yes, I think it would.

    "One from the Heart" is a cinematic wonderland, an attempt to make the Citizen Kane of romcoms. Whenever it fails, you nevertheless have to think about praising it for succeeding quite often. The shots are, frequently, unbelievable. Who does this today? Who has…

  • Deathtrap



    Underrated. Very fun, outstanding acting by Caine, Cannon, Reeve.

    Outstanding movie house as well. Or really, outstanding use of a movie house by Lumet.

Popular reviews

  • Barbie



    "Barbie" watches to me as if someone took an evolutionary psychology class, another on the Frankfurt School, and another on feminist philosophy. That person was so confused about how those might fit together that they made this movie, idealizing their favorite toy while undercutting it, only to promote Mattel in the end.

    I have complained about the toyland movies I've seen in the last decade or more. The first "Avengers" watched as if it were a recreation of the toy…

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    All Quiet on the Western Front


    This is one of the better films of the year, a favorite for me.

    I say "favorite" with caution. This "All Quiet" is one of the few war films where it's nearly impossible to watch it as inadvertently glorifying war, a constant problem when war is depicted on the silver screen.

    This film seems aware of all of its predecessors at once, and yet it has its own aesthetic. A film lover will recognize how so many shots or scenes…