Favorite films

  • The Graduate
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • The Fountain
  • Back to the Future

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  • Airplane!

    ★★★★★

  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl

    ★★★★

  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    ★★★★

  • Ball of Fire

    ★★★★

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  • Airplane!

    Airplane!

    ★★★★★

    I don’t know how many times I’ve seen the film in my life, but it never ceases to be funny. Even jokes that were clearly of their time (“Jim never has a second cup of coffee at home”) are now so dated and esoteric that they’ve come back around to being memorable.

  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl

    The Diary of a Teenage Girl

    ★★★★

    Loved this. It’s funny to me how many films aim to be “gritty” and “raw”, and yet Heller nails it by just playing the film honestly. It’s frank about sex, desire, and forming your identity, which is made so difficult when the adults around you also don’t have their shit together (and probably never will). And yet it’s not a preachy thing about the need for role models but rather a look at how close can you come to the…

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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★½

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

    Between this and Hereditary, I’m confident saying I’m not an Ari Aster fan. On a technical level, his skill is undeniable, but it lacks artistry. Everything he does is painfully self-aware and there’s no empathy for his characters. The deaths of family members are exploited and crassly used for shock value with minimal reckoning. He’s made two movies that are ostensibly about unimaginable grief, and yet they both get bogged down in mythological bullshit. By the end, you’re no longer focused on the protagonist because of some threatening cultish other. Spare me.

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★½

    The meta first act is my favorite part of the movie, but the whole vibe is sort of Lana Wachowski acknowledging studio pressure for the film to exist and then clapping back with a big, unabashed love story. Not everything works (the action doesn’t come close to the original trilogy, the Smith and Morpheus characters are undercooked), but it has a true north in the Neo/Trinity relationship and that keeps the whole movie together.