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“I have a horror of obvious, cliché-ridden political statements in films.”
—Frederick Wiseman

Favorite films

  • Belfast, Maine
  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
  • Approaching the Elephant
  • Where Is My Friend's House?

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  • Top Gun

    ★★★½

  • The Irishman

    ★★★★★

  • Cluny Brown

    ★★★★★

  • Thirteen Lives

    ★★★★

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  • Thirteen Lives

    Thirteen Lives

    ★★★★

    I wasn't expecting much when I heard that Ron Howard was directing a Thai Cave Rescue movie, but after seeing some praise on Twitter, I decided to check it out. And it turns out it rips! Extremely tense and effectively focused on the mission rather than the characters.

    Many reviewers correctly mention that the 2021 documentary The Rescue covers this story in a gripping and effective way, but the documentary used lots of recreations to amp up the suspense so the two films have more in common than many are ready to admit.

  • La Comédie-Française ou L'amour joué

    La Comédie-Française ou L'amour joué

    ★★★½

    This Wiseman documentary takes viewers to the titular Parisian theatre company, which was founded in 1680 and continues to perform to this day. As expected of Wiseman's style, we see rehearsals and performances (many in quite lengthy shots), creation and transportation of props and costumes, stage management, makeup, and meetings, which primarily concern their budgets and what services the organization provides to its retired actors.

    Once scene that stuck with me was a detailed discussion about how to interpret one…

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  • It's Always Fair Weather

    It's Always Fair Weather

    ★★★★½

    Gene Kelly sings a song about how much he hates himself while dancing in roller skates.

  • Cocktail

    Cocktail

    Turns out an attractive, straight, obnoxiously confident white guy can achieve success in New York in the '80s!