José Rodriguez

Lover of films. Editor at heart. Partial to westerns. 
Biggest Audrey Hepburn fan on the east coast.

Favorite films

  • Mulholland Drive
  • Barry Lyndon
  • Beau Travail
  • There Will Be Blood

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  • The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters

    ★★★★

  • Pleasure

    ★★½

  • Burning

    ★★★★

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  • Donkey Skin

    Donkey Skin

    ★★★★

    “Have fairy-tale princesses all disappeared?”

    A technicolor fairytale brought to life by none other than acclaimed director Jacques Demy. Donkey Skin not only marks my initial foray into his distinctly dazzling world, but the film itself is considered an oddity of sorts as films naturally began moving past the brightly colorful studio produced looks, preferring a more grounded and realistic style of filmmaking. While it is a bit of a shame it did allow directors like Jacques Demy to shine…

  • Panic

    Panic

    ★★★★½

    “For ten years I’ve lived in books and consorted only with the dead. They never betray you.”

    A gripping tale full of deceit, misguided love, and the destructive nature of mob mentality — Panique is a film that perfectly captures the sentiment present in post-war France (and most of the world, if we are being honest). Based on the novel by Georges Simenon, Panique clearly exemplifies director Julien Duvivier’s cinematic tendencies and semi-nihilistic nuances. Dripping with such confident stylistic flairs,…

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    “Bad luck to kill a seabird...”

    Probably my favorite film from director Robert Eggers, The Lighthouse is a swirling, maddening dive into pure and utter chaos. From the very first shot, the stage is set as the film masterfully pulls you into it’s weird and unforgettable world — like a siren luring a sailor to his demise. The impeccable attention to detail is matched only by the artistry and wonderfully unique voice Robert Eggers brings to independent horror cinema.

    While…

  • Clytaemnestra

    Clytaemnestra

    ★★★

    “Apollo, my god.”

    A pretty good story of life imitating art, though I am not very familiar with Agamemnon so I felt a lot was lost on me. Good performances all around and a pretty well shot film overall — not too shabby for a movie just over an hour.

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  • The Happenings

    The Happenings

    ★★★

    “We’re not going to be responsible for anything.”

    Watched for the Collab Film Club. 

    Nihilism and tragedy are the last things I thought would be a part of this weeks film — thankfully for me, I find a great enjoyment from these types of movies. From the mind of director Ho Yim, comes an explosive addition to Hong Kong’s new wave during the 80’s. The Happenings follows a group of youthful outcasts on a night out as things very quickly…

  • Under Capricorn

    Under Capricorn

    ★★★★

    “There’s always the kangaroo, Mr. Riggs...”

    Watched for the Collab Film Club

    Directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, and written by Hume Cronyn, Under Capricorn ended up being a box office failure — partly due to the audience belief that the film was supposed to be a thriller and possibly because of Ingrid Bergman’s scandalous relationship with Italian director Roberto Rossellini. This all factors in the films overall obscure nature when speaking on Alfred Hitchcock’s filmography, something I think is unwarranted…