Favorite films

  • Il Grido
  • A Touch of Zen
  • Umberto D.
  • Bicycle Thieves

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  • Il Grido

    ★★★★★

  • Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

    ★★★★

  • Snipers

    ★★★

  • Suzhou River

    ★★½

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  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    ★★★★★

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

    My Favorite Films, "ranked"

    Where to even begin? Coming in at 87 precious minutes, END OF EVANGELION is as dense as antimatter. It not only contains a plethora of thematic and plot-based baggage from the NEON GENESIS EVANGELION TV series, but it also injects the universe with a myriad of new material. So rarely is a piece of art so reflexive, interpersonal, and superior to its progenitor(s). In terms of its significance to cinema and the visual arts in general,…

  • Woman in the Dunes

    Woman in the Dunes

    ★★★★★

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

    My Favorite Films

    “I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. Not like here. Here everything is soft and smooth.” - Anakin Skywalker AKA Niki Junpei

    The ultimate determinist film. Woman in Dunes not only shows us that life is a series of internments that we must come to terms with, but it also teaches us *how* we are to come to terms with them. To escape society; its overbearing institutions, its constant insistence…

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  • Il Grido

    Il Grido

    ★★★★★

    IL GRIDO is a stone-cold masterpiece. It’s a neorealist LE DOLCE VITA, where women parade in and out of Aldo’s life, each desperate attempt at mid-grief romance leaving him more disaffected than the last. A marathon of heartbreak replaces LDV's excess, but each episode, like LE DOLCE VITA, brings our protagonist closer towards the precipice. By the end, Aldo sees no choice but to dive head-first into sorrow, more morbid than Marcello’s head-first dive into hedonism no doubt, but similar…

  • Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

    Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

    ★★★★

    Vittorio De Sica ranked

    I've been absolutely overwhelmed with work lately. A coworker dislocated his knee while playing with some kiddies, so I've been covering all of his classes. Unfortunately, that means I haven't had a lot of time (or just have been too tired) to write anything substantial. So, I haven't. I want to write something meaningful about UMBERTO D., as it is one of my all-time favorite neorealist films, but need to carve out a couple hours.

    In…

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  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★½

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

    Japanuary 2022

    Part of me wants to keep this short for fear of getting way in over my head in attempting to connect all the dots of this literary behemoth, and part of me wants to dive in head first and claw my way through this viscous, dense forest of a film. Ideally, this review meets somewhere in the middle.

    DRIVE MY CAR is a slow-cooked beauty. Ryusuke Hamaguchi takes a plethora of literary ingredients: Murakami’s excellent short story series…

  • Bicycle Thieves

    Bicycle Thieves

    ★★★★½

    BICYCLE THIEVES has been deconstructed, praised, analyzed, and critiqued to death. So I’m not going to do that. Yes, it’s the masterpiece everyone says it is. Yes, its beauty is in its simplicity and authenticity. And yes, that ending is one of the greatest in cinema. With that out of the way…


    Last weekend I was having a drink at my local watering hole. It was a blistering 40 degrees (celsius). My forehead and glass sweat in unison. Moist were…