Jake Kazanis

My rating system:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ = 5 stars
⭐⭐⭐⭐ = 4 stars
⭐⭐⭐ = 3 stars
⭐⭐ = 2 stars
⭐ = 1 star

Favorite films

  • Accident
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
  • Secrets & Lies
  • Rehearsals for Retirement

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  • Daguerréotypes

    ★★★

  • Come and See

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★

  • Rat Film

    ★★★★

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  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    At the very least I can say that this film has been bouncing around my mind constantly since I watched it, so it's valid in that sense. But I think I'm so curious about this film because I'm trying to come to terms with the fact that this is what all the fuss is about? I've just about put my feelings to rest that this is just a deeply narcissistic, unfunny project that is pretty much the definition of 'surface-level…

  • Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks

    Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks

    ★★★★★

    One of the mightiest and most humble pieces of cinema ever made. This film is straight-up too big for me to formulate any sort of review so here are a couple of my notes while I watched it.

    - To boil down how this films really feels, it's the most overwhelming sense of absence imaginable. Someone literally took The Turin Horse and made it a thing.

    - 9 hours may seem like an utterly ridiculous runtime, but given the things…

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  • Daguerréotypes

    Daguerréotypes

    ★★★

    I think watching this before I had work made this all feel a lot less curious, but it is a testament to how respectful Varda was of the working class and how completely disinterested she was in fame and the elite. I really don't know what she sees in the magician or what's behind intercutting everyday life with his tricks other than to make everything more 'magical' but I'm not going to fault Varda's fun side because she had such…

  • Come and See

    Come and See

    I feel like I'm getting too sensitive to watch a film that is this undeniably good and say that I love it. The craft here is insane, an impressionistic nightmare that I don't think ever steps a wrong foot. Klimov clearly has a unique grasp on sound and vision, but I don't have the energy to think too hard about it. The most bummed out a film has left me in years, I just don't feel like waxing lyrical about…

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★½

    35mm Presentation

    What a shame that Christopher Nolan has finally taken his obsession with time too far to the point where it's just a gimmick to base this spineless set piece vehicle around. He can't hide this shoddy basis for his films as anything other than a director trademark that he feels obligated to do anymore.

    The main problem is that people really will give Nolan as much money as he wants to do whatever he wants. Sure, he's proven…

  • The Straight Story

    The Straight Story

    ★★★★½

    Utterly transporting, a statement in gentle filmmaking. To me this is proof that beneath every great surrealist is a talented formalist. Surrealism for surrealism's sake is very easy to see through, when you see actually good surrealism it can feel just as perplexing but it lands precisely because the filmmaker knows the groundwork and can make that decision properly.

    It's so hard not to watch The Straight Story and view it through the lens of David Lynch's career, but let's…