Andrew Saladino

Andrew Saladino

Favorite films

  • PlayTime
  • The Red Shoes
  • American Graffiti
  • Hud

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  • Animal Farm

    ★★

  • The Zone of Interest

    ★★★★

  • The Boy and the Heron

    ★★★★★

  • Santa Claus: The Movie

    ★★

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  • Animal Farm

    Animal Farm

    ★★

    A bizarre product of its time: secretly funded by the CIA at the height of the Red Scare (yes, really), this adaptation twists Orwell’s novel into practically a propaganda piece of its own, bafflingly altering the original ending that saw power corrupting in endless cycles and class structures ultimately upheld and never changed – swapping it for an ending that sees the farm animals rise up and achieve freedom by overthrowing the pigs, basically just squashing much of the satire…

  • The Zone of Interest

    The Zone of Interest

    ★★★★

    “...many of the perpetrators of the Holocaust were so-called desk murderers whose role in the mass extermination was greatly facilitated by the bureaucratic nature of their participation. Their jobs frequently consisted of tiny steps in the overall killing process, and they performed them in a routine manner, never seeing the victims their actions affected. Segmented, routinized, and depersonalized, the job of the bureaucrat or specialist – whether it involved confiscating property, scheduling trains, drafting legislation, sending telegrams, or compiling lists…

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  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★★★

    If I write four words half as good as the four final words here, I'll die happy.

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★

    Wildly ambitious and admirable, but ultimately frustrating and exhausting. This is very much the director of THE DARK KNIGHT and INTERSTELLAR doing his own version of PRIMER. Take that however you'd like.

    Like INCEPTION, it's a film of mechanics and logistics, and like MEMENTO, there's a vague structural resemblance to an ouroboros, but it lacks the energy and mystery of either of them -- especially the way that INCEPTION piecemeals out the various machinations of dreamsharing without losing the forward…

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