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top 4 are my most recent first watch 5 stars

Favorite films

  • The French Dispatch
  • Our Little Sister
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Casablanca

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  • Dune: Part Two

    ★★

  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    ★★★

  • Sexy Beast

    ★★★

  • Red, White and Blue

    ★★★

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  • The Devil, Probably

    The Devil, Probably

    ★★★★★

    It's true that something is driving us against our will. You have to go along with it. And we do go along with it. Who is it that's making a mockery of humanity? Who's leading us by the nose?

    The devil, probably.

    Shot right up to the top of my favorite films. Watching this made me remember how juvenile and corny optimistic nihilism is, and how I lead my life with that. I mean, I treasure that bullshit. It's a…

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  • Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    ★★

    Ticket was gifted to me so I have more courage to be catty about this lol

    Well... meaningless word vomit ahead.

    Unfortunately, Villeneuve is a filmmaker I deeply care about and who has made some of my favorite movies, so I felt compelled to sit through this, even though this 3-hour experience veered closely to the reason why I abstain from the whole MCU / superhero industrial complex. Visual and sonic assault to the senses that only emphasize the hollowness…

  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums

    ★★★

    Not my favorite Wes, tbh. It was fun to see the earlier, less eccentric version of the unique style he has cultivated. Great ensemble performance. Amazing soundtrack, tailor-made for me especially the Nico/TVU songs. Lots of dry humor that I enjoyed. But I felt mostly emotionally detached to this. Like it tried to be heartfelt but was too caught up on being quirky.

    need Margot's mink coat and Chas and his boys' tracksuits in my closet

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  • The Missing

    The Missing

    ★★

    Wow, a film about arrested development due to sexual trauma, involving imagined aliens. What a mysterious concept.

    Positives first: Cool mix of rotoscoping and traditional animation. The multiple switches in animation styles as plot device were inspired. There's a tender love story in here as well.

    Now to my lukewarm take... At best, portraying sexual trauma as some mythic monster that we have to keep at arm's length all our lives until we reach critical mass and finally kill it…

  • The Zone of Interest

    The Zone of Interest

    ★★★★

    My first lucid thought when I finally composed myself after watching this is that the supposed "discourse" that many early watchers thought this film would beget was wildly overestimated. I don't think Jonathan Glazer could have handled this film any more judiciously or safely, especially with the timely horrors we lay witness today. "Evil of banality" has become film criticism's hottest zinger lately, but that phrase truly encapsulated what the film was trying to depict. And I don't need to…