Favorite films

  • City Lights
  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Handmaiden
  • Breathless

Recent activity

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  • Ricky Gervais: SuperNature


  • Pieces of Her


Recent reviews

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog


    Fine performances, fine film. The atmospherics are everything, and the plot goes to unexpected places.

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story


    The 1961 version of West Side Story is my favorite musical film, and six decades later Spielberg maintains the most important piece: Sondheim/Bernstein’s extraordinary songs.  All of the set pieces are great, I like the leads, and Rita Moreno stole every scene she was in — just as she did 60 years ago.

    Spielberg pulled it off, and I tip my hat.

Popular reviews

  • Downton Abbey

    Downton Abbey


    The movie rides with its characters, its music, and, most of all, its beautiful house.  All of these are as fine as ever, actually finer on the larger screen.  

    The plot? Ridiculous, but so was the TV show and I couldn’t miss an episode.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood


    I loved it without condition -- it was beautifully shot and scored, the screenplay was tight, and (despite its 2:30 length) I did not want it to end. The "star" of the film was "Hollywood in 1969", a subject I am tremendously interested in, and most of Tarantino's efforts went into showing us what the city was like in the months (or hours) leading up to the Manson murders. I enjoyed the story very much, though I almost didn't need…