Favorite films

  • Mario Puzo's The Godfather: The Complete Novel for Television
  • Taxi Driver
  • No Country for Old Men
  • The Empire Strikes Back

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  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★½

  • Magnolia

    ★★★★

  • Boogie Nights

    ★★★★½

  • The Northman

    ★★★

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  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★½

    If only every other superhero movie could be this fun.

    For the first time in god knows how long I felt wonder at superpowers in the MCU, and all the credit goes to Raimi's colorful, vibrant and expressive direction. I've recently been wondering if I'd fallen out of love with the genre, but I was reminded here that all you need is the right approach. I can't remember the last time I had this much fun with every minute of…

  • Magnolia

    Magnolia

    ★★★★

    Pure maximalism, for better or for worse.

    Is it arguably too long and slightly melodramatic? Yes. I prefer when PTA is more quiet and subtle in his later work, both it and Boogie Nights solidified that for me. Ultimately though, it definitely sticks the landing and lives up to its ambitions. All the characters are fully realized, the last half-hour is a stroke of genius and it's most of all very earnest about the hardships of connecting with other people and the fickleness of those connections. It's one of the most empathetic movies I've ever seen.

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  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★½

    So big fucking whoop, I'm in the minority on this one. My main issue is with the plot, one that I find beyond bloated. It has too many beats, too many twists, and loses its momentum around halfway through. I’m glad Matt Reeves made the movie he wanted to make, but this script was in serious need of some editing and streamlining to me. 

    I'm also not a fan of Catwoman at all. Her integrations to the narrative feel lazy,…

  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★★½

    A literal slice of life. Part of the magic of cinema is transporting you into another world, and Chungking Express immediately destabilizes with dreamlike vibes, erratic sequences of violence in the underworld and omnipresent neon signs. It also isolates itself by calling back to California every so often, reminding the audience that what you see is only one story (well, two in this case) amongst many. And therein lies its message.

    This film is unwavering in its belief of the…