Paul Monk

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Favorite films

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • The Thing
  • Songs from the Second Floor
  • Ace in the Hole

Recent activity

  • Desk Set


  • Gerry


  • The Shop Around the Corner


  • The Razor's Edge


Pinned reviews

  • DumbLand



    David Lynch Ranked

    David Lynch has spent his whole career trying to convince people that his work isn’t built on moral or political grounds, but is almost entirely a manifestation of his id. This is largely ignored by critics and fans, who, after seeing movies that operate with such a perfectly encrypted view of our world, assume that there must be a key to unlock them. It’s fun to search (in vain) for the passage in Laura’s Diary that bridges…

Recent reviews

  • Gerry



    Harris Savides was one of the few DPs capable of mimicking—and possibly even improving upon—the Bela Tarr visual/compositional model. And I didn't even mind Matt Damon in this! I still don't think he's capable of fully disappearing into a role, but his performance wasn't an outright distraction like it usually is (probably because he's only being asked here to walk slowly and shoot the breeze with a guy that he's known since he was a kid). Nicely done, Matt.

  • The Shop Around the Corner

    The Shop Around the Corner


    The best final shot sequence of any romcom that I’ve seen

Popular reviews

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out


    Breathtaking feature. Johnson at his whodunnit-loving best.

    Some highlights:

    -Lakeith Stanfield calls Daniel Craig “hoss” no fewer than 40 times.

    -Jamie Lee Curtis won’t stop looking into the camera and mouthing “I was in Halloween.”

    -Not a single knife.

    -Michael Shannon punching Chris Evans in the mouth.

    -Michael Shannon punching Dode in the mouth.

    -Michael Shannon punching me in the mouth (3D screening).

    -It’s actually a prequel to Brick? This didn’t really land tbh.

  • The Magician

    The Magician


    Georges Melies filmography breakdown:

    10% brilliant, ground-breaking phantasmagoria 

    20% Faust / Mephistopheles 

    70% horny magicians