Favorite films

  • Mulholland Drive
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Vertigo
  • 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

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  • The Blair Witch Project

    ★★★★★

  • Zero for Conduct

    ★★★★★

  • Taris

    ★★★½

  • À propos de Nice

    ★★★★½

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  • The Parallax View

    The Parallax View

    ★★★★½

    Hums with a kind of weirdness that is all too rare for mainstream films these days. You can tell early on how much the filmmakers trust their audience—there’s almost no exposition, and what little there is is largely left hanging. The point here is to generate questions, not answer them, and in that way, it nudges viewers toward the psychological state of the characters here without being overly pushy about assuming the POV of certain characters. Severance found dead in a ditch!

  • Fire of Love

    Fire of Love

    ★★★★½

    “Why did they shoot this with their rationed feed of film? What, or who, was this for?” Me, apparently. Massaged that part of my brain leftover from when I was a kid who watched VHS tapes about natural disasters on repeat while also managing to be strange and engrossing. Probably the best editing in a documentary since Time.

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★★

    " 'Fascism is theater,' as Genet said. And sadomasochistic sexuality is more theatrical than any other. When sexuality depends so much on its being 'staged,' sex (like politics) becomes choreography." — Susan Sontag, "Fascinating Fascism"

    Fascinating Fascism, the movie: A film about the allure of submission, of turning one's body inside out for someone else, and the inherently political context for doing so. Exploding heads, misshapen spines, rotting flesh, and glazed-over eyes, all for the sake of art. Fassbinderian power plays bathed in blood.

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

    A perfect B side to Phantom Thread: another tale of frustrated desire and craving what you shouldn't crave. This one is in some ways even more challenging because it appears so superficially warm and romantic. Fall prey to its nostalgia, and you risk missing its point. Rooting against Alana and Greg is a facile attempt to stave off the inevitable. You don't always get what you want, as a viewer.