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I watch films, I write about them in books and magazines. You know, no big whoop.

Favorite films

  • Touch of Evil
  • Barton Fink
  • Yojimbo
  • Mulholland Drive

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  • Eternals

    ★★

  • X

    ★★★★

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★

  • RRR

    ★★★★

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  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★★½

    If Jacques Demy made a giallo…

    I loved this.  It’s visually brilliant…practical effects and often “in camera.”  

    It subverts the usual (and classist) premise of city/ suburbanites go into the country and get attacked.  Here it is the reverse.   Also we get to see the main protagonist well before stuff goes wrong; in fact we see her really happy up in Cornwall.  Wright knows we really have to see “The before”  to really get “the after.”  Anyway it bucks the current template of horror films that begin at the point of crisis.

  • Fargo

    Fargo

    ★★★★★

    What’s left to say about this brilliant film? The very first time I saw it, I felt let down a little after the dizzying stylistic innovations of the previous Coen brothers films. But after my second viewing I could see them grounding themselves and finding ways to work with idiom grounded in region rather than referring back to cinema. 

    I have a new theory that in the scenes in which Macy and MacDormand are talking, the actors aren’t actually together…