Favorite films

  • North by Northwest
  • Citizen Kane
  • L'Atalante
  • The Selfish Giant

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  • How Green Was My Valley

    ★★★

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★

  • The Northman

    ★★

  • Tobacco Road

    ★★½

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  • How Green Was My Valley

    How Green Was My Valley

    ★★★

    Doomed to always be compared to the Greatest Film of All Time, thanks to beating it to Best Picture at the 1941 Oscars, this clearly isn't in the same league as "Citizen Kane". John Ford's extremely admirable feel for the common working-class folk of the Welsh Valleys comes up against the inevitable glamorisation of Hollywood studio productions of the time, so that we are told via the narration how dirty a Welsh miner's skin is, for example, but in actual…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★

    Frenetically tries to be everything for everyone all at once: sci-fi, fantasy, romantic comedy, gross-out comedy, martial arts, family drama... Which doubtless explains its success with so many people. I hate to appear the curmudgeon, but this frenetic aesthetic just doesn't entirely work for me. A silent scene with two rocks is my favourite for being an oasis of calm amidst all the mayhem; I could've done with more breathers like that, less being shouted at by every shot and…

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  • The Northman

    The Northman

    Based on the Norse legend of Amleth, from which William Shakespeare stole the plot of "Hamlet", I wish that Robert Eggers had stolen more from Shakespeare instead. What makes "Hamlet" so fascinating a play is not Hamlet's plotting to avenge his father's death; it's his indecision about whether to actually go through with killing his uncle, or whether to kill himself instead. That ambiguity, that sense of tussle and confusion in Hamlet's young soul, is endlessly rich, and in large…

  • Stories We Tell

    Stories We Tell

    ★★★★★

    A masterpiece documentary, possibly the best of the last 20 years, about that most human of traits: the need to tell other people the stories of our lives. Precious few manage to tell their story with as much compassion and intelligence as Sarah Polley, though. Her film is incredibly humane, moving, and wise - by which I mean its has the wisdom to cast its measured glance askew at the notion of a singular "truth". In that wisdom, and in…