Favorite films

  • In the Mood for Love
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Moonlight
  • City of God

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  • Cruella

    ★★★½

  • The Father

    ★★★★½

  • On the Rocks

    ★★★½

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★★

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  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★½

    Most effective use of sound design.  Riz Ahmed is a force. He is perhaps one of our greatest young actors.

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    Marder does here with sound what Schnabel did with sight in "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" one of my favorite films. Riz Ahmed gives a subtle powerful and deeply committed performance. Kudos all around.

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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★½

    A technical masterpiece. The filmmaker in me marveled at the "how-did-they-do-that"-ness of it all. The planning, the performances, the production design, costumes, the sound design, the cinematography, left me in awe.

    but I think like Roma where I was also technically wowed, I think this films bears a second viewing. because a movie is not just about technical achievement, it is about meaning, intention and what the film says about the world around us.

    1917, does really put you in…

  • Pain and Glory

    Pain and Glory

    The artist and his muse. Such a rich exploration of artistic influence and collaboration. But I think what stands out is the backstory of these two friends and collaborators. I will never forget the first Almodovar movie I ever saw, it was Matador. Antonio was young and not yet discovered by Hollywood and Almodovar not yet the revered auteur he is today. And yet, I myself had no idea I would become a filmmaker myself at that point, I just…