James O'Donnell

I fall asleep during every film I watch and fill in the blanks myself

Favorite films

  • Blade Runner
  • The Angel
  • Manhunter
  • Prospero's Books

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  • Dead Heat

    ★★★★½

  • Nosferatu

    ★★★★½

  • Valley Girl

    ★★★½

  • High Noon

    ★★★½

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  • High Noon

    High Noon

    ★★★½

    Always emotionally immediate, there's such a prevading sense of hopelessness that makes the acts of compassion within so much more impactful. There's no definitive judgement passed on anyone involved, the presentation of characters very genuine and ambiguous given that the whole thing's in real time. It's easy to see how Ronald Reagan and John Wayne came away from this with completely different reactions.

    One man's struggle with an undefined but unshakeable sense of purpose and a whole town trying to snap him out of it, when that train finally rolls in at high noon it's like seeing it crash, you can't look away.

  • Stagecoach

    Stagecoach

    ★★★★

    This came out 75 years before Mad Max Fury Road 💀🤭

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  • Ratatoing

    Ratatoing

    ★★★★★

    Borderline experimental.

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★½

    There's no denying this film feels jumbled and confused. When it comes to character especially there are too many players with too little depth and Wayne's own arc is so far in the background that when it does slip back out into the surface it's a little jarring. This is probably why the ending doesn't land that much for me, for it's operatic sincerity that elsewhere is one of the film's strongest attributes, the disorientating rush to tie something that…