Sam Van Hallgren

Producer, co-founder Filmspotting.

"Favorite Films" my fave of each of the last four years (h/t Tim Hoiland).

Favorite films

  • C'mon C'mon
  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • The Rider

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  • Mamma Mia!

    ★★★½

  • Stella Dallas

    ★★★★

  • Bottle Rocket

    ★★★★

  • Baby Face

    ★★★★

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  • Mamma Mia!

    Mamma Mia!

    ★★★½

    It’s possible to go into this film determined to like it - for the music, for the cast, for the sake of just wanting to have a good time - and to leave completely satisfied. I know this because that’s what happened to me. The music is irresistible, the cast is more than game, and why in the hell else would you watch this movie unless you wanted to have a good time? But I also think it’s very savvily…

  • Stella Dallas

    Stella Dallas

    ★★★★

    A perfect melodrama in the way no one is at fault, only that their simple and perfectly reasonable desires puts them on a path to disappointment, resentment and despair. Stanwyck unreal even when the plot kind of inexplicably demands that she double down on her character’s crass tackiness. 

    Part 2 of Filmspotting’s Summer of Stanwyck Marathon.

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