Favorite films

  • Sweet Smell of Success
  • Barry Lyndon
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Gattaca

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  • Like Someone in Love

    ★★★½

  • Benedetta

    ★★½

  • The King of Comedy

  • The Passenger

    ★★★½

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  • Like Someone in Love

    Like Someone in Love

    ★★★½

    Oh my. Didn’t see that coming. The antithesis of a Hollywood movie. The ending felt a little rushed. The film is so patient until the sudden explosion at the end. Even the preceding scene of the neighbor talking out the window didn’t feel quite right. Still, an amazing conclusion.

  • Benedetta

    Benedetta

    ★★½

    I’m a fan of most of Verhoeven’s films, even the ones most folks don’t like, and maybe as a straight white male atheist Jew I just didn’t get this one, but: boo.

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  • Belle de Jour

    Belle de Jour

    ½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is a bad movie and gets my full scorn.

    Awful story, mediocre editing, mediocre acting, mediocre cinematography.

    About a woman who was sexually assaulted as a child and is unable to have an intimate relationship with her husband. She has fantasies where she is raped and violently assaulted at her husband's direction. This causes her to begin working as a prostitute, a decision in which she seems to have little agency, and then she has no agency in choosing…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Hated it. Okay acting by Toni Collette, but not much else. It was boring. It was dreary.

    It introduces plot elements for no particular reason. What's with the clucking? Why does the opening tease us with the camera going into the model house, when the model homes have nothing really to do with the plot? That's never tied back into the film.

    Why do we twice see a close up of someone chopping with a knife, but no fingers are…