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Top 4 randomly rotates based off some of my favorites.

Favorite films

  • Carol
  • Cléo from 5 to 7
  • The Long Day Closes
  • Dragon Inn

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  • Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

  • How Green Was My Valley

    ★★★★★

  • Yi Yi

    ★★★★★

  • Cosmopolis

    ★★★★½

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  • How Green Was My Valley

    How Green Was My Valley

    ★★★★★

    96

    I’m three films into Ford’s filmography, and I think this is my favorite yet. A flat-out gorgeous movie, filled with unspeakably stunning imagery, wistful nostalgia, and deeply felt performances. It drifts through memory with a stirring poignancy, and by the end, you don’t even realize just how much it’s knocked the wind out of you. This frequently gets shrugged off because it beat Citizen Kane for Best Picture in 1941, and it’s true that Kane is better and deserved it even more, but that shouldn’t take away from how masterful this film is. Just so, so great.

  • Yi Yi

    Yi Yi

    ★★★★★

    100

    “Why are we afraid of the first time? Every day in life is a first time. Every morning is new. We never live the same day twice. We're never afraid of getting up every morning. Why?”.

    Kind of at a loss for words to properly review this movie, but it’s easily one of the greatest I’ve ever seen. A film that’s beautifully understated in approach, yet feels huge in scope. So keenly observed and deeply affecting. The final stretch…

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

    100

    [70mm]

    When the lights went down for my screening of Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest, I felt something I’ve never quite felt in a movie theater before. From the opening moments, with the film grain enveloping the screen and the projector whirring behind me and the classical Art Deco of the room surrounding me and the sunny ‘70s Valley onscreen, I felt transported. Back to a time I was never alive for, but I immediately felt like I had known…

  • Speed

    Speed

    ★★★★½

    87

    Kinda forgot just how great this movie is. A masterclass in constant propulsive forward momentum, as well as how pure craftsmanship can make up for even the most absurd and implausible premises. This fucking movie puts its foot on the gas from minute one and never lets up for a second (sorry for the bad pun). Pure technical mastery, filled with some of the cleanest and most fluid action you’ll find anywhere. Just when you think it can’t possibly…