nocturnalduck

nocturnalduck

3.5+ out of 5 = recommendation
3 out of 5 = guarded recommendation
2-2.5 out of 5 = fine
1-1.5 out of 5 = bad
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Favorite films

  • Oppenheimer
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • Interstellar

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  • Chinatown

  • Peppermint Frappé

    ★★★★

  • The Pianist

    ★★★★★

  • Rio Bravo

    ★★★

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  • The Killer

    The Killer

    ★★★★½

    mountains may depart → ash is purest white → the killer

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

    Killers of the Flower Moon

    ★★★½

    articulating this is difficult but martin scorsese can periodically lapse into a style of filmmaking that feels manipulative to me when he's trying too hard to make a great movie. i lump this and raging bull into his category. what makes the style feel manipulative to me is how overengineered it feels: much like raging bull, this movie seems like it already has pre-eminently mapped out the discourse surrounding it. it knows what 'themes' viewers will take away from it,…

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★★★

    the world as both already imbued with the material properties inherent to its creation and fundamentally, inescapably created by us. reversing causality doesn't escape it, but maybe an inability to perceive it expands the immanent plane of material possibilities in which it can get exerted. faith as the binding property behind the existence of agency: it's all only ever about what your tenets are.

  • Oppenheimer

    Oppenheimer

    ★★★★★

    on one side of the dialectic, you have fission. you have a man entirely governed by the art of the possible. when most see a fixed sky, with mundane properties and textures and patterns, he sees an infinite swirl of potential physical theories and explosions and secrets unearthing the structural properties of the universe. he lived shrouded in ambiguity: a purely theoretical physicist and also the head of the biggest experimental physics project ever, a loyal husband and also a philanderer,…

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