Favorite films

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Taxi Driver
  • The Tree of Life
  • The Last Detail

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  • The Many Saints of Newark

    ★★½

  • Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★

  • After Hours

    ★★★★½

  • The Game

    ★★★★½

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  • The Many Saints of Newark

    The Many Saints of Newark

    ★★½

    Kinda like if David Chase saw “Bohemian Rhapsody” and went “THAT! That’s how I always wanted ‘The Sopranos’ to feel!!!”

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★

    This time I was blown away by the detail and storytelling of the first half. I actually thought “Wow, and we haven’t even introduced Harrison Ford yet!” Well, that’s when the story basically comes to a crawl. “K” is the most interesting part of the film, but he’s used only as an entry-point to a story that never was and never will be. So much of the second half is recounting elaborate backstory and setting up a third movie that…

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  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    Of course this film requires two viewings, but I hadn't realized just how much deeper I would experience the film a second time. The first time through, "The Tree of Life" seemed merely like a beautiful surface of jumbled memories and moments, the long childhood sequence the most (perhaps only) substantial part. The second time through, I see how simple the film's ideas are, and how profoundly, almost magically they are conveyed to the audience. I will speak about God…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★½

    In the coming weeks it will be fascinating to read all the posts and articles about the exceptional stitching on the emperor's new clothes.

    I haven't read the novel, but I've read The Crying of Lot 49 and it feels like Anderson simply transcribed Pynchon's novel onto the screen. A laudable idea, except Anderson fails to translate the written word into cinematic language.

    The exposition is the biggest stumbling block with this tactic. The film is primarily exposition. As in,…