• Spider-Man: Far From Home

    Spider-Man: Far From Home

    The best of this bunch, it is actually interesting in its choice of antagonist, devices and motives. The teen comedy aspect is mostly endearing, too. Still, as in all MCU films, everything looks fake as fuck and prays at the altar of military might.

  • On the Town

    On the Town

    Compared to Singin' in the Rain, this one doesn't match it in rhythmic propulsion, but surpasses it in lusty women.

  • The Terminator

    The Terminator

    ★★★★

    I had never grasped the time-traversed love correspondence. I was moved. Otherwise, still a clever updating of the action flick (Cameron's militarist mindset and all).

  • Kanal

    Kanal

    ★★★★★

    Their fates are sealed early on. All we get to do is appreciate their humanity in strength, weakness, and love. Daisy and Jacek probably are my favorite cinema couple.

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★

    Within the visual and rhythmic splendor, the dialogues dig deep and anchor the film in longing, irony, and loss. The final shot hit me hard this time.

  • Mr. Arkadin

    Mr. Arkadin

    ★★★★

    I found Robert Arden's uncharismatic handsomeness and inexpressive eyes quite adequate for the role... and even appealing. Love the marriage of humor and grandiloquence. (Criterion version.)

  • Cookie's Fortune

    Cookie's Fortune

    Benign tale of good-natured southerners coexisting with zooms, pans, and fish. Maybe too benign.

  • Chronicle of a Summer

    Chronicle of a Summer

    Likely I'm taking for granted its innovation but, despite its virtues, it felt Rouch and Morin were winging it and playing more for semi-provoked drama than for the scientific method implied in its premise.

  • Paris Is Burning

    Paris Is Burning

    ★★★★★

    I'd love to go back and relive the feeling of watching this for the first time as a gay teen exiting the closet. It's amazing how the mainstream has embraced what then was relegated to the margins.

    Livingston must have felt very fortunate to find out her subjects were not only fabulous in the vogueing balls but also in their wise and candid eloquence. Those are the two pillars of this exceptional work.

  • Raw Deal

    Raw Deal

    ★★★★

    Wonderfully sensorial and sensitive. O'Keefe slowly earns his homme fatale tag.

  • Paris Frills

    Paris Frills

    ★★★★

    Becker shows complete command of his narrative as beats flow swiftly from all directions.

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    Can't help it: the dramatic interactions between Cruise and Kidman still ring too false.