Tom

movies are the best. my wife and i have a fun podcast about them at the above link!

Favorite films

  • Moonlight
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Florida Project
  • The Princess Bride

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  • Top Gun

    ★★★½

  • La Strada

    ★★★★

  • Prey

    ★★★★

  • I Vitelloni

    ★★★★

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  • I Vitelloni

    I Vitelloni

    ★★★★

    i love movies where you just hang out with the characters. this type of ennui felt natural to these characters, as if they were born and bred with it. they each felt like real, distinct people. without Fellini's ability to understand and convey how lecherous the unglamorous emotion of boredom can be, it could've just been a boring movie without a ton of plot. but instead, it just simply pops, in large part due to the legitimate laughs provided by the main group of characters. another one i will rewatch eventually. be a Moraldo, not a Fausto.

  • La Strada

    La Strada

    ★★★★

    it's a heartbreaking film that isn't gutting or uncomfortable to watch. Fellini hit on the human condition in general, the existential stress on the lower class, and mid-20th century attitudes toward mental health all in one fell swoop. it felt like the plot fell into place around the characters which is typically effective for me.

    i could've sat there for hours watching Masina's Gelsomina because she was so magnetic and her acting so muted and subtle. her polar opposite and…

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  • Gladiator

    Gladiator

    ★★★★½

    bury me in Joaquin's fire fit from the final scene.

  • Pan's Labyrinth

    Pan's Labyrinth

    ★★★★½

    not sure what I can add to this that hasn't been said already, but this is GDT's masterpiece. like many of his films, it shows reverence for the genres he draws from without overusing tropes--here, we have the rule of threes on full display with a twist.

    it makes me feel the same way as one of my favorite books, A Monster Calls, makes me feel. it depicts horrors seen mostly through a child's eyes, and that child is guided…