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Favorite films

  • Expats
  • The Mouth Agape
  • Rome, Open City
  • Trust

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  • ...And Justice for All

    ★★★★½

  • Amsterdam

    ★★½

  • I Want to Live!

    ★★★★½

  • Sandra

    ★★★★

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  • Melancholia

    Melancholia

    ★★★★★

    This is an ideological movie, about people's ability to surrender to forces beyond their control, and about their ability to cope with the ramifications of an insurmountable fate. It is about what is important to people... the illusion of wealth or the truth of "eternal life", whether one views the concept of eternal life to actually be spiritually eternal, or just a metaphor for the futility of a selfish physical existence on earth (some might say one in the same,…

  • The Big Heat

    The Big Heat

    ★★★★★

    "We don't talk about those things in this house, do we? No, it's too elegant, too respectful. Nice kids. Party. Painting of mama up there on the wall. No place for a stinking cop, it's only a place for a hoodlum who built this house out of twenty years of corruption and murder! I'm gonna tell you something... you know you couldn't plant enough flowers around here to kill the smell!"
    This had some of the toughest, tough-guy and tough-girl…

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  • When Evil Lurks

    When Evil Lurks

    ★★★½

    Reminds me of The Wailing somewhat except without the emotional power and terrific performances. The tone is anxious as hell and there’s a lot of creative worldbuilding packed in. I really did enjoy that Rugna paints a world where demonic possession is a known factual matter which gives the movie a fairly fresh perspective compared to other movies of the same ilk.

  • Loving

    Loving

    ★★★

    Important story with titanically powerful performances from the two leads. Unfortunately, I think the movie itself can’t quite march the acting. I can appreciate a slow movie, as long as it builds to something worthwhile. With Loving, it's slow and there's no overarching momentum. There's no fluidity. It just inches along through a collection of scenes. And these scenes end up being incredibly repetitive.
    Not only do we see the characters doing a lot of the same things they were…

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  • Aftersun

    Aftersun

    ★★★★★

    “There is this feeling that once you leave the place where you grew up, you don't totally belong there again."
    I think what I love most about Aftersun is how its code isn’t something “rational” but pure memory, dreamscape, subconscious, and emotion. It’s latent with “things you notice” and “symbols” and parts that stick out, that would, if you addressed it too direct on, collapse and lose its meaning, but which, by giving you enough information, allows you to stitch…

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★

    “Two years of nights have turned me into a nocturnal animal.“
    Oh my lord where to start. Batman will always be my favorite “super”hero, even if he is just a venture capitalist with PTSD that pretty much buys his way into having enough firepower and technical versatility to position himself above the law on the food chain so he can work out his issues in a sadistic and masochistic manner on people no one would miss. Yes, it’s unethical, but…