Favorite films

  • La Notte
  • October (Ten Days that Shook the World)
  • In the Realm of the Senses
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Recent activity

  • A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate


  • Letter to Jane


  • History Lessons


  • Tout Va Bien


Recent reviews

  • A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate

    A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate


    Every time I see this, my mind is a little blown at the sophistication and economy of Chaplin's direction. The melodramatic opening is a little much, but otherwise this is a little masterclass in storytelling almost entirely via behaviour and implication.

  • A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange


    Far less ambiguous than I'd taken this to be beforehand, this time rather playing almost as empty provocation - and at worst, utterly nihilist. However, even with the perhaps unnecessarily graphic depiction of Alex's own crimes, this thing (which now to me looks like Kubrick's weakest post-1962 feature) still stays interesting in Alex's own symptomatic reflection of total desensitization via his own voracious consumption of spectacle and violent media: conditioned to chase thrills, one naturally begins to do so themselves…

Popular reviews

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood


    Pointless film, but Daniel Day-Lewis gives an astonishing performance as Waluigi

  • Good Time

    Good Time


    "I got beat up. I'm the victim here."
    "Cross the room if you've ever been blamed for something you didn't do."

    Many months before the films North American release, I joked that Good Time looked like "a modern-day Phil Karlson picture" so I was doubly pleasantly surprised when I found that this film approximated that feeling. In his annual love-letter to Cannes, Mark Peranson called the film "a kind of Dionysian New York Gesamtkunstwerk....immersion without identification." Where Good Time…