John Cao

John Cao


Aspiring filmwatcher, or one who watches films.

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  • Shame



    Consider this my extension of the 20x5 because I'm going to demolish the Ingmar Bergman box set. At the very least, I've got eight more that I'm definitely going to watch, not to mention coming back around to experience some of my favorites again. 

    This is a really interesting perspective of war. It's not often you think of the 3rd party, the people who want nothing to do with war. Given, not many people on either side generally favor war,…

  • Hour of the Wolf

    Hour of the Wolf


    20x5 | 5/5 | Ingmar Bergman

    If y'all have seen my Bergman list you'll know I'm not stopping at 5/5.

    I'll say it again (have I said it before, actually?): Bergman could make horror so effortlessly. This is what I mean. The synopsis: an artist's nightmares come to life. Bergman's always got a penchant for the eerie and the supernatural, but this really takes the cake.

    There's just so many things that make it work so well. The isolation of…

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  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood


    Scavenger Hunt #52
    Task 10: A film featuring sports equipment (baseball bat, golf club, cricket bat, etc.) NOT being used for its intended purpose.

    I guess bowling is a sport then.

    I think it's fair to compare There Will Be Blood to No Country for Old Men. They came to fruition in the same year, shot scenes in the same backyard countryside of Texas, and overall both have a Western-esque feel. Oh, and they're dope AF.

    Acting? Daniel Day-Lewis…

  • Joker



    Joaquin Phoenix is a revelation and maybe people are overreacting to this film on both ends.