Favorite films

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • Harakiri
  • Cries and Whispers

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  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    ★★★★½

  • The Black Phone

    ★½

  • The River's Edge

    ★★

  • House of Bamboo

    ★★

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  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    ★★★★½

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) takes one out of reality and into a world of song and romance. Lush in color, beaming with passion, and caught in the whirlwind of life passing one by - Jacques Demy's vision of a fleeting relationship caught in a transitional period of life captures inexperienced love at its most essential. Showing a missed connection that doesn't spiral the life of two young lovers, but leads them to a greater appreciation of their next relationships.…

  • The Black Phone

    The Black Phone

    ★½

    Scott Derrickson's track record is shaky at best. The one film I find had interesting ideas but not a strong enough throughline is his 2012 film Sinister which has some genuinely worthwhile scares, but the plot itself is barely passable. The Black Phone (2022), a horror film starring Ethan Hawke, falls into that same category minus any sort of suspense or scares. Despite an enjoyable Hawke performance, showing off his ability to play menacing and off-kilter, the film desperately lacks…

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  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★★½

    Mank is impeccably made - a towering achievement for David Fincher, as a film that succeeded on every conceivable creative level, expanding on the Kane legend and not misrepresenting the people the original Herman Mankiewicz Citizen Kane script portrayed. Bombastic, overtly provocative, dripping in narcissism writing that would've made Herman Mankiewicz proud. A gorgeously shot homage to the masterpiece Citizen Kane, the old studio system, and the levity of the situation with the Hearst family's friendly relationship with Mankiewicz and…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    Dune is the unadaptable novel that three auteurs of their era have now braved - David Lynch, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and now with the most self-serious tone, Denis Villeneuve and only Villeneuve had the foresight to split this story into two parts with the massive worldbuilding element of the novel. Now, it's hard to judge the entire product without seeing the result, but knowing what is left in the story has me incredibly excited for part two. Part one does an…