Favorite films

  • L'Atalante
  • The New World
  • Lost in Translation
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort

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Recent reviews

  • She Said

    She Said

    Finds innumerable small details to flesh out its information-packed script - about working-mom balance especially, but even simpler stuff like taking calls in the middle of New York, shitty Skype connections, a dropped cup of coffee, accidental outfit matching, the draw of celebrity photographs - that really makes this sing. The actors respond accordingly, giving slight expressions that tell a whole story boiling just under the surface of what we see, one that only occasionally bursts free. Schrader's last film,…

  • Numéro deux

    Numéro deux

    Dreaded watching this ever since reading about it in Brody’s book, and it sure is unpleasant in almost every way! Almost morally speaking, I have to actively recommend against seeing the movie, knowing those who must will anyway. But if you don’t absolutely need to, really, honestly, do not.

    One stellar moment where the husband’s off to work and the wife resentfully says “fine, go to your boss” and he’s like “I’m going to my friends, we’re on strike” and she’s like “same thing.” Relations override politics.

Popular reviews

  • La Flor

    La Flor

    Still wrapping my head around it critically, but I want to answer some non-spoilery questions that I myself had going into it.

    God no. It is pointedly - as in, specified within the film itself - designed to be watched on three separate days, in three separate parts. Episode 1 and 2 the first day, Episode 3 the second, and Episodes 4-6 the third. You could make a case that it works…

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    First, the bad - David Robert Mitchell not listen to his own music or something? Gotta crib exclusively from other movies like this one? Poor form.

    Second, an admission - almost every element of this movie is completely in my wheelhouse; an awful version of this would still be at least halfway appealing.

    Third, a conclusion - I was all about this thing from the jump. It picks away at the way young men in this town chase women, fame,…