Favorite films

  • The Sweet Hereafter
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Citizen Kane
  • The Truman Show

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  • A Place in the Sun

    ★★★★

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★★★

  • Belfast

    ★★★★½

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  • A Place in the Sun

    A Place in the Sun

    ★★★★

    My December recommendation for #Ben’sSecretMovieExchange was George Stevens’ 1951 film A Place in the Sun.  I watched the trailer before turning on the film and convinced myself I knew this film from references in the, history of LGBTQ film history text / documentary The Celluloid Closet.  So watching it I thought I was gifted it because of it’s gay subtext.  Well George’s double life is very much like the closet, that I’m sure Montgomery Clift was pulling from, but the…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★

    A little less interesting then some of Kaufman’s other work. Still loaded with think pieces and terrific acting.

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  • It's Only the End of the World

    It's Only the End of the World

    ★★★★★

    Apparently this film is very polarizing.  I find that really surprising.  I would think most people have had something difficult to say to their family before.  Maybe it's rarer than I think.  I know anyone whose spent time in the closet has shared this sensation.  When you have every intention to finally say what you need to say, but you still wait for the perfect moment.  Many times the moment never comes.  Then someone sees right through you.  In this…

  • Like Father, Like Son

    Like Father, Like Son

    ★★★★★

    Kore-Eda uses his uncanny ability to direct children to examine fatherhood. The outcome is stunning, when parents discover they are raising the wrong child, switched at birth by hospital staff. The emotional struggle to compartmentalize feelings to store them away and re-build the father son relationship confounds the heart and mind alike.