Favorite films

  • License to Live
  • The Ballad of Cable Hogue
  • Two Lovers
  • All About Lily Chou-Chou

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  • Chain Reaction

    ★★★

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★

  • The Earth Trembles

    ★★★½

  • Mrs. Hyde

    ★★★

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  • Ambulance

    Ambulance

    ★★★½

    An interesting counterpoint to Unstoppable, partly in terms of its unwavering commitment to a high-octane, fast-cutting visual style, but specifically in terms of its approach to transportation. As a filmmaker, Scott seems most at home on a train, with everything headed in one direction and geographically mapped from station to station. The dramatic tension stems from an ability to foresee and predict a situation, prepare for it, and deal with it: a steep bend ahead, another train on the track.…

  • Targets

    Targets

    ★★★½

    The work of a young man with an old heart. A real death of America movie, in which an aging actor reckons with his status as a relic of a bygone era and plans to leave it all behind, while a young suburban family man suddenly snaps and embarks upon a killing spree. Bogdanovich’s suburbs are pristine and empty, all pastel-painted homes, beige chinos and white plimsolls, well-maintained lawns, a facade of peaceful living where everyone has access to guns…

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  • La Cérémonie

    La Cérémonie

    ★★★★★

    "I feel sorry for you"

    one of the great films about manipulation and belittlement: nonchalantly throwing a dirtied tissue back at the person who provided it without saying thank you; offering to drive someone into town as if it's the noblest thing in the world; finding out someone can't read and instinctively offering to teach them. The rich family treat Sandrine Bonnaire's maid with such casual disdain and dehumanising pity that it's no wonder she's drawn to the chaos of…

  • An Autumn Tale

    An Autumn Tale

    ★★★★

    The way Rohmer shoots conversations between two people in this is fascinating. Characters talk objectively about their love lives together in a two-shot, before, usually as one of them says something the other doesn't agree with/want to talk about, one of them leaves the frame. The camera stays as it is, leaving one character alone in a shot made for two, while Rohmer cuts to the other in a shot of their own. The conversations continue as if nothing has…