Favorite films

  • Behind Enemy Lines
  • Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil
  • Behind Enemy Lines III: Colombia
  • Seal Team Eight: Behind Enemy Lines

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  • Naked Lunch

    ★★★½

  • Eastern Promises

    ★★★★

  • Benediction

    ★★★★½

  • Central Park

    ★★★★

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  • Benediction

    Benediction

    ★★★★½

    The Long Gay Line

  • Central Park

    Central Park

    ★★★★

    Wiseman sorta bookends Central Park with two traditional forms of performance, with the practice of Shakespeare and the making of a film, to bracket the many ways humans perform in public. here we get performance of sports, religion, music, heritage, allyship, sexual identity, political identity, political duty and surely more I'm forgetting.

    the Reading Rainbow section, which shows us what looks like an organic public performance of one kind interrupted by a director yelling cut, is terrific. as is the…

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  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★

    two-thirds of the way through this emotionally dishonest chore, i was thinking about the many island pornos made by Joe D'Amato. in which are tons of fairly disgusting images, but i was thinking about why, as filthy and god-forsaken as they may be, they're not annoying. and its as simple as this: theyre without affect; either you're getting off on them or you're not.

    instead of trying to ape Denis or Cronenberg, maybe Ducournau should check out Erotic Nights of the Living Dead.

  • Old

    Old

    ★★★★

    a mainstream high-concept film about inescapable age is vintage M. Night, hitting terror, comedy and bittersweet sadness with real dexterity.

    its at its most touching when it focuses in on Bernal and Krieps' relationship. Old's concept allows him to capture the wide spectrum of a long-term relationship -- its difficulty, bitterness and eventual grace notes -- in a way that few films are able to naturally.

    unfortunately i think the ending is a real bummer misfire in an otherwise impressive…