Favorite films

  • The Third Man
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Inland Empire
  • The Apartment

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  • Original Cast Album: Company

    ★★★★

  • The Muppet Christmas Carol

    ★★★★

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★½

  • The Shop Around the Corner

    ★★★★★

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  • Ratatouille

    Ratatouille

    ★★★★½

    I get the Pixar backlash because their films are so aggressively mediocre now, but circa 2007 it seemed like they couldn't miss - their movies from that era are by themselves enough to justify computer animation as a medium capable of greatness, no matter how often it's abused. And Bird is probably the best single director Pixar ever had - his films have a real sense of style and a panache with camera movement and composition that even the best…

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★

    Sometimes genuinely mystical, occasionally substitutes being confusing for being mystical. (Why Alicia Vikander plays two different roles I couldn't say; it comes off as a half-hearted attempt at symbolic Lynchian doubling.) The omnipresent blue color grading is a drag that makes the film less visually interesting than it would otherwise be (though the way it switches abruptly to poisonous yellow for the final sequence is pretty great), and it's determined to take the grimmest possible approach to every new plot…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    As with Bong's Snowpiercer, the class metaphor is surface-level text rather than subtext (the rich family lives upstairs while the poor people live downstairs, do you get it, it would be weird if you didn't), and also like in Snowpiercer, this is gratifying, because it means the movie has already done the work of interpreting itself. This in turn means we can avoid tedious Marxism 101 explanations of What Parasite Really Means*, and get down to what is actually exciting…

  • The Straight Story

    The Straight Story

    ★★★★½

    I undervalued this one significantly when I first watched it a few years ago (even though I "liked" it). It's by no means a curio or throwaway project, which is how it's often talked about: Lynch made Lost Highway, then Mulholland Drive, oh yeah and in between he made that quirky little picture for Disney, and get this, it's rated G, haha!

    And sure, it's not quite as good as two epochal masterpieces*, but it's no quirkfest. Instead, this is…