Mike Ward

Mike Ward

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On a quest to find films that make me feel a high I haven’t experienced yet or at least a sense of comfort that a human made it.

Favorite films

  • Straight Time
  • All That Jazz
  • Hunger
  • Final Flesh

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  • Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

  • Malignant

    ★★★★

  • Mean Streets

    ★★★★★

  • True Romance

    ★★★½

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  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

    I feel like after the rise of Trump/Brexit the film’s meaning took on an extra dimension that I didn’t personally see when I first saw it in 2014. I think after the pandemic this film takes on another dimension of how we view the human experience and our relationship to others. The visuals are just as beautiful as when I first saw it. I appreciate Glazer’s desire/ability to inject abstract images/editing into a film with purpose & effectiveness. We deserve more filmmakers like him.

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★★

    I’ll start off by saying that besides the first Saw film I do not like James Wan films. I think they’re dumb, not fun, way too dependent on jump scares, they tend to have that cheesy 00’s sheen that doesn’t seem to die and most importantly him & his company dominated horror during its worst years. So when a few ppl HIGHLY recommended this film and said it was the craziest thing they’ve seen in years, I was intrigued but mostly…

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  • El Angel

    El Angel

    ★★★½

    TIFF 2018 #20


    It’s like if Xavier Dolan made a 70’s gangster film but was Latino ...and talented.

  • Madame Satã

    Madame Satã

    ★★★★

    Karim Aïnouz really deserves more respect. Between this & Invisible Life, it’s clear he’s got a great eye for beautiful gritty films. Not to mention although both films are tragedies in ways, he at no point wants to make misery porn (Thank god!).