David Fu

David Fu

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always thought you had great style, and style is worthwhile

Favorite films

  • Dead Ringers
  • Céline and Julie Go Boating
  • My Darling Clementine
  • Silent Light

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  • Le Petit Soldat

    ★★★

  • Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

    ★★★

  • No Time to Die

    ★★★½

  • The Kiss

    ★★★

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  • Dead Ringers

    Dead Ringers

    ★★★★★

    NOTE: I pitched this piece, entitled somewhat jokingly, "Why David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers is the Essential COVID-19 Film," to my editor at Slate in April of 2020, right as the pandemic was forcing professional class workers like myself into extended remote work arrangements. As it happened, Slate's freelance budget was entirely depleted so the piece never ran. It reads a bit funny in October 2021 but I was always pretty happy with how it turned out. More than anything else,…

  • The Exorcist III

    The Exorcist III

    ★★★

    blatty the director acquits himself okay but the man’s a novelist at heart and for every striking image he manages to line up, there’s another ten minutes of interminable theological babble to be endured. say what you will about EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC but boorman’s formal acuity was never in question — he had a preternatural feel for how to frame and cut his images even as the material itself lapsed into outright incoherence. blatty’s workmanlike assemblage simply doesn’t compare. that…

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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★

    cinema of moral concern. reminded me a lot of my peers' short films when i was at NYU — humanistic, handheld, more interested in tastefully naturalistic performances than any sort of formalism. it's a movie entirely shorn of rough edges. zhao's animating sensibility seems to be a sort of apolitical curiosity, her camera framing her subjects in medium close ups that close off any suggestion that these people's pain and marginalization could be the result of larger social forces. it’s…

  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    ★★

    burnham never met a punchline he couldn’t thrice annotate to ensure us that he's as in on the joke as we are. maybe there's something clever about that but it mostly just made me wish for braver, more confrontational comedy. who needs all that self-reflexive scaffolding? flashes of brilliance in burnham's bubblegum pop formalism (certainly blows emerald fennell's out of the water!) and as with EIGHTH GRADE, he proves himself a talented mimic but that doesn't change the fact that…