Favorite films

  • Andrei Rublev
  • Beau Travail
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
  • Sans Soleil

Recent activity

All
  • Mean Girls

  • The Gentlemen

  • The King's Man

  • Train to Busan

    ★★★

Recent reviews

More
  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    Watched in glowing 35mm, as intended. 

    Everything is blown up on the Big Screen; from the exaggerated, almost comically theatrical character performances of the first “part” (and the heightened sense of fantasy here is met with an even more devastating crash back to reality), to the subjectivity of the (sometimes optimistically curious, sometimes nightmarishly claustrophobic) camera, to the sound design throughout, which ranges from oppressive to sublime - the Club Silencio Llorando performance in surround sound is a stunner, as are any moments in which Badalamenti’s walls of strings from the title and love themes swell above the diegetic sound, bathing the images in brooding, melancholy atmosphere.

  • The Sacrifice

    The Sacrifice

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    *spoilers for all 7 Tarkovsky films*

    In Andrei Rublev’s penultimate scene, the titular artist breaks his years long vow of silence to console the son of a recently deceased bellmaker: “you will make bells, I will paint icons”. He concurrently breaks a second vow, the vow - driven by his spiritual crisis and paralysing disillusionment with the world, with his fellow man and with himself - to never paint again. He had turned creator to observer, wandering 15th century Russia,…

Popular reviews

More
  • The Making of: Mulholland Drive

    The Making of: Mulholland Drive

    [this review has been removed by a moderator]

  • Solaris

    Solaris

    ★★★★½

    Just saw this on the big screen; aptly, it was pouring down as I walked out of the theatre. I'm writing this review on the bus home now. Tarkovsky was a filmmaker who understood and spoke often of the inherent subjectivity of art, and perhaps as a result of the way he constructs his films, watching them multiple times can feel like completely distinct experiences. When I last saw Solaris I may have come away thinking about the futility of…