Jacob

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Favorite films

  • Happy-Go-Lucky
  • The Meetings of Anna
  • American Honey
  • Back to the Future

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  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    ★★

  • Porco Rosso

    ★★★★

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    ★★★

  • Lisa Frankenstein

    ★★★★

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  • The Taste of Things

    The Taste of Things

    ★★★★

    The Taste of Things so sweetly presents cooking as a creative partnership. Dodin plans the menu, but he recognizes Eugénie as the best person to prepare each dish. In an interview, Juliette Binoche compares this relationship to that of a director and their actor; Dodin knows exactly what needs to be done, but that doesn't mean he can or should do it all himself. Eugénie truly understands and respects his taste, and it is this mutual admiration of ability that…

  • Argylle

    Argylle

    ★★

    Though intermittently amusing, Argylle is an awkward reminder that true spectacle takes more than a fun idea. Countless moments are, in concept, outlandishly silly and exciting, but the impact is hardly ever felt. Rainbow-tinted dance fights and murderous ice skating make no narrative sense beyond the spectacle they’d provide, but what is the point if it all looks this bad? If realism isn’t possible, forgo it entirely; give the audience something purposefully cartoonish. It’s disappointing to watch these sequences play…

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  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    ★★★★½

    “Is someone hurting you?”

    Silence speaks volumes, but only to those who understand the language; the men who take up space in Autumn’s world don’t speak it. They judge and project meaning on her silence, but they don’t interpret it how her cousin, mother, and medical professionals do. No monolithic experience of womanhood exists, but there is common ground that women walk on as they move through life. Autumn throws out a familiar set of vague answers to the variety…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "I think he was better than me."

    Elio is so young. It's in the way he dances, how he slides into a room, and how his father calls him "Elly-Belly" while his mother holds his head. Oliver may not even be that many years older, but he's in such a different place. He's experienced, wiser -- still emotional, but not naive. The relationship between these two, a boy and a man, is a sad reflection of something I see too often.…