Michael Snydel

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Favorite films

  • The Cranes Are Flying
  • L'Inhumaine
  • Love Affair
  • Babette's Feast

Recent activity

  • Priscilla


  • All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt


  • Monster


  • Oppenheimer


Pinned reviews

  • Blue Jean

    Blue Jean


    Excerpted from my review for The Spool

    “A portrait of a closeted lesbian woman living in England during Margaret Thatcher’s oppressively homophobic 1980s reign, Georgia Oakley’s Blue Jean illustrates a unique paradox for a critic. How does one navigate criticizing a film’s self-imposed binaries while also accounting for the realities of a restrictive period, the gravity of the subject matter (and parallel current circumstances), and the differentiation of what is intended as cinematic affect and what constitutes clumsy filmmaking? 

    From the…

  • Solaris



    Discussed on Discussed on Episode 15 of Intermission. with Dan Mecca.

    Here's how I contextualized this conversation in the description of the episode:

    "Coming off a disparate and largely consistent run of projects (including most recently, the stubbornly low-key backstage musical/relationship drama, Magic Mike’s Last Dance), Soderbergh was and remains an unpredictable filmmaker who’s as likely to knock out a four-quadrant-blockbuster as an obtusely rendered conspiracy thriller throwback like Kimi.

    Today’s conversation touches on Soderbergh’s ongoing fluency switching between different…

Recent reviews

  • Priscilla



    “Promise me you’ll stay the way you are.”

    I understand why some view this as potentially fussy to the point of redundancy but I think there’s something compelling and moving in its juxtaposition of the minute and an abstract mythic.

  • All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt

    All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt


    There’s so much I want to say about the ways that hands and arms and backs and bodies are shot in this. Remarkable film.

Popular reviews

  • Titane



    Heavy metal petting.

    Really feel like I should have had a stronger positive or negative reaction to this given how hard it’s trying to make me feel something.

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza


    “I doubt it, but we’ll see.”
    Hustle and Flow.

    A very rewarding continuation of Phantom Thread’s thematic concerns of partnerships vs. transactional dynamics. Toes difficult line of making these relationships literal without narrativizing them.

    PTA has long thrived in motion, but this feels crucially breathless to avoid preciousness or relationship signposting. Every passage feels dense in concept (just an endless string of schemes), but smartly blends together as a combination of youthful impulse, melancholic wanderlust, and gamesmanship. 

    On some level,…