Anthony Le

PhD Student at Columbia University

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  • Searching

    Searching

    ★★★★

    "I didn't know her, I didn't know my daughter."

    Searching shows that, when done right, this can be a super interesting way to tell a story. There are a lot of movies that have tried this kind of "computer-based" storytelling, but none have done it this well.

    The reason it differs from, say Unfriended is because instead of a straight up horror film, Searching is more of a mystery-type movie, where the characters are using technology to unravel clues. As…

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★★

    Part of Essential Films To Watch

    "You know why this is my favourite tree? Cause it's tipped over, and it's still growing."

    There's a quality to all of Sean Baker's films that makes them unique. I don't think anyone crafts real characters quite as well as Sean does, as he casts non-actors in both Tangerine and The Florida Project, and somehow gets them to turn in some amazing performances. It extends a sense of authenticity the film, which is one…

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  • Enemy

    Enemy

    ★★★★★

    Part of A Film A Day
    Part of Essential Films To Watch

    Just last September, Denis Villeneuve's english language debut Prisoners was released to theatres. So naturally, it was a surprise to me that he would come back so quick with another film. And, while I believe Prisoners to be a quality film, and one of the better ones of 2013, it was a rather conventional film. It followed the conventions of an ordinary thriller, but was propelled due to…

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★½

    Part of A Film A Day
    Part of Essential Films To Watch

    "No hay banda! There is no band. Il n'est pas de orquestra! This is all a tape-recording. No hay banda! And yet, we hear a band. If we want to hear a clarinette, listen. … It's all a tape. It is an illusion."

    In all honesty, I'm still trying to wrap my head around what I just watched. Mulholland Drive is one of the most confusing films I've…