Favorite films

  • Inland Empire
  • The Truman Show
  • Blue Velvet
  • Synecdoche, New York

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  • Black Panthers

    ★★★★

  • Daguerréotypes

    ★★★★

  • The Wicker Man

  • Bicycle Thieves

    ★★★★½

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  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    “You fools, this man is plotting our doom! We die at dawn! He is Caligari!”

    Considering The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is discussed and referenced endlessly as one of the most famous and influential films in history, I really wasn’t expecting to genuinely enjoy it as much as I did; being so beautifully orchestrated with gorgeous set design, innovative concepts, and a theatrically manic atmosphere. The intricately expressionistic sets - with the light and shadow literally painted onto them, and distorted…

  • Kiss Me, Stupid

    Kiss Me, Stupid

    ★★★½

    “Oh you’ll like it, it’s not very big but it’s clean”

    Cleverly written and brilliantly directed with Billy Wilder’s signature wit and superb timing, Kiss Me, Stupid is a really funny comedy that’s always entertaining with its ‘shocking for the time’ content and surprisingly crude humour; getting plenty of laughs out of its cartoonish tastelessness and fantastic gags. Although the casting could’ve likely been improved, Dean Martin really stands out playing an exaggerated caricature of himself, and while so many…

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  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★★

    “Can we just call it a potentially significant event?”

    As much as I wholeheartedly support the messages of Adam McKay’s satirical disaster film Don’t Look Up, the director’s signature obnoxious style and lack of subtlety makes it difficult to connect with at times. The narrative is reasonably engaging and is energised by the frantic editing and largely decent comedy, but similarly to Vice and The Big Short, the condescending tone really starts to impede on the overall enjoyment; often making its scenarios…

  • Hustle

    Hustle

    ★★★

    “Do you love this game?”

    Hustle plays it’s fairly formulaic ‘rags to riches’ basketball story pretty safe without much notable originality, however it still manages to be an entertaining enough little movie; even if only for seeing Adam Sandler in another non-comedic role. The screenplay is often distractingly weak and predictable, and much of the film exists purely as fan service for NBA followers, but Sandler’s performance really makes the movie work and compensates for much of the otherwise lacking…