Favorite films

  • Blade Runner
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Taxi Driver

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  • House of Gucci

    ★★★

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    ★★★★½

  • Ed Wood

    ★★★½

  • The Producers

    ★★★

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  • Elephant

    Elephant

    ★★★½

    Director Gus Van Sant’s tour de force Elephant, winner of the Palme D’Or in 2003, serves as an ephemeral fly-on-the-wall peek into the fictional microcosm of Watt High School. When an average day becomes a waking nightmare scenario, the superficial academic façade burns away – in more ways than one – leaving a raw husk of cold incomprehensible reality. 

    By focusing on the external, the face-value of it all, Van Sant refuses to play into the media’s speculative games. A…

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  • Halloween II

    Halloween II

    ★★★

    Hooptober 2021 Presents: Halloween II

    My favorite shots, the Myers-O-Vision POV sequences integral to the Halloween brand, make me think a great slasher film could be made exclusively from the eyes of the killer. Hardcore Henry but with spooky murder! That would be a hell of a lot better than these hokey hospital set-pieces and Loomis on an utter goose chase. As for the twist cribbed from Star Wars, it doesn't have a reason to exist besides a self-consciousness that the movie itself is an unnecessary continuation.

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    Film Count: (23/31)
    From '81: (3/4)

  • The Omen

    The Omen

    ★★★½

    Hooptober 2021 Presents: The Omen

    Intriguing premise, sturdy construction, epic demonic chants, and a kid you want to punch in the face repeatedly. Not a huge kill count but the ones we do see are well executed, especially the first! I recently used my In the Mouth of Madness review to complain about movies where the characters take most of the runtime to admit they're in a supernatural situation. The Omen is a case where it's fine. The protagonist is…

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  • The Game

    The Game

    ★★★½

    I was expecting a more cerebral game for both the protagonist and the viewer to follow along with. There were no riddles, and despite the puzzle-piece motif there is a distinct lack of mental roadblocks faced as Douglas hops from one chase scene to another. Sure, the underlying purpose of his quest is to solve a puzzle in a way (the puzzle of what's going on) but here's the catch... It feels like he was on a roller-coaster. He had…

  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★★½

    Synder channels his inner Kubrick to deliver an Arthurian legend for the ages. Totally differentiates itself from every other superhero movie ever made, mostly due to its HILARIOUS dialogue. Oh man, not only is this the best drama in theatres but also the best comedy! Holy quips Batman! Only problem was not enough CGI and we needed more Wonder Woman ass shots (nude scene for Justice League 2??) You may not like it if your IQ is below 125 and/or you've never seen an episode of Rick and Morty.