Favorite films

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Eternity and a Day
  • The Worst Person in the World
  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

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  • Slacker

    ★★★

  • Cha Cha Real Smooth

    ★★★★

  • 28 Days Later

    ★★★½

  • Oz the Great and Powerful

    ★½

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  • Slacker

    Slacker

    ★★★

    I had really been looking forward to checking this one out but it's not quite my speed despite being a huge fan of Linklater. It's most similar to Waking Life in his filmography, another aimless collection of conversations I was underwhelmed by. I like the specificity here of time and location but it's not enough to carry the weaker scenes and keep it engaging. Truly insane that Linklater followed this up with something as perfectly realized as Dazed and Confused.

  • Cha Cha Real Smooth

    Cha Cha Real Smooth

    ★★★★

    I was hoping this might be a giant step forward for Cooper Raiff, and it's not quite that, but I still think he's one of the most exciting indie talents out there so I'm definitely grading on a curve. I was a huge fan of his debut Shithouse which showcased his naturalistic dialogue and sensitive screen presence as a college student trying to figure himself out. The emotional arc is similar in Cha Cha Real Smooth but shifted a few…

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  • Satantango

    Satantango

    ★★★★★

    Thanks to Criterion Channel (and Arbelos for the wonderful restoration) I have finally tackled a "white whale" of world cinema: Hungarian auteur Béla Tarr's seven and a half hour slow cinema masterpiece Sátántangó. It is a film that demands your complete focus and that you don't think about focusing, not necessarily an easy place to get. If you can get yourself in that mindset and stay there it is capable of inducing a cinematic trance unlike anything I've experienced.

    Tarr…

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★½

    Piano-tier stuff from Campion here and top 5 of the year for sure. Psychosexual drama in a Western setting with an unbelievable collection of performances from Jesse Plemons, Kirsten Dunst, and most importantly Benedict Cumberbatch. It's a crackling slow-burn with yet another perfect Greenwood score ramping up tension even in quiet moments. Every time you think you have the film figured out something fundamentally changes about the dynamics between characters with the balance of power constantly shifting. The largest shift…