Favorite films

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Nobody Knows

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  • The Three Deaths of Marisela Escobedo

    ★★★★

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★

  • Father Stu

    ★★★½

  • Speed Racer

    ★★★½

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  • Father Stu

    Father Stu

    ★★★½

    Surprisingly pretty good; meanders a bit near the end, but as a whole it's one of the most emotionally genuine faith-based movies I've seen that doesn't contrive its drama and doesn't make me cringe at its dialogue. Stu's decision to become a priest was... not quite believable (too radical/fast of a shift). Aside from that, I sincerely felt for each of the characters and thought most of their decisions were well-grounded in their histories.

  • Speed Racer

    Speed Racer

    ★★★½

    This movie's visuals are always either 10/10 or 1/10. The races themselves are a lot of fun to watch but much of the drama in between is mediocre and cartoonish. That final race is so exciting though and the story makes it easy to root for Speed despite knowing with near certainty the result. The monkey (Chim-Chim) unearthed a deeply hidden memory of Dunston Checks In. Perfect double feature with Redline.

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  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★½

    I haven't seen much of anything this year but I doubt another film will unseat Roma as my favorite of 2018.

    The camera moves like a pendulum, panning between moments of time; perfect, still-frame shots of a single life sweep into one another, meld into a story about the heart of a young woman, the reserved Cleo. The natural soundscape alone leaves you wanting to stay there with the family she works for, listening to them proceed through life surrounded…

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★½

    An intimate, relatable and witty look at the life of an idiosyncratic teenager. Many coming-of-age stories are about individuals who feel out of place in the world – they're either too wise for their own good or stand apart from the traditions of their society – and Lady Bird McPherson is such a girl who dreams of moving to a big city, away from the seeming dreariness of her everyday life. The film is an excellent entry in the genre…