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Favorite films

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Alien
  • The Thing
  • Sherlock, Jr.

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  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    ★★★★

  • Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★

  • Romancham

    ★★

  • Ikiru

    ★★★★★

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  • Sherlock, Jr.

    Sherlock, Jr.

    ★★★★★

    Watched at the Cleveland Cinematheque. Enjoyed hearing someone behind me go, “…what,” when Buster jumped through a man’s chest.

  • Godzilla Minus One

    Godzilla Minus One

    ★★★★★

    Shin was great, but this corrects the record by accurately portraying Godzilla as kinda chubby and cute.

    The most interesting human story ever told in a Godzilla film while also successfully being both a Showa era Godzilla tribute and Spielberg tribute. My son said he wants to rewatch it a thousand times. Amazing film.

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  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    ★★★★

    The first Harry Potter film where everything that should be treated as shorthand gets the shorthand treatment. The story itself introduces some new concepts in a kid-friendly way which made it very fun to watch with the 10-year-old. He just got it, even the time travel!

  • Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★

    While I’m seeing others having a near-religious experience, mine felt like more of an academic one. Denis at the top of his craft, combined with witnessing all the seeds of sci-fi/fantasy yet to come… It felt almost Precambrian, for better and worse.

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  • Ikiru

    Ikiru

    ★★★★★

    Kurosawa revisits the swamp of Drunken Angel, a symbol of the latent pain and sickness of post-war Japan. Here, it is healed.

    This isn’t just Dickensian, it’s A Christmas Carol incarnate. Scrooge’s stand-in is bureaucracy at large.

    “A May-December romance? Forget it.”

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★★

    Confident, bold, and brave; I’m having a hard time coming up with a contemporary equal. One truly does have to reach back to Dreyer to find work this contemplative.

    I think I’d love to watch a cut of this that slices the entirety of Koyaanisqatsi into That One Scene.