b rad

Editor at www.fourthreefilm.com

Favorite films

  • Fort Apache
  • She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
  • Rio Grande
  • Wagon Master

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  • Dune

    ★★★½

  • Pastoral: To Die in the Country

    ★★★★

  • Million Dollar Baby

    ★★★½

  • True Stories

    ★★★★

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★½

    Really clever bit of adaptation of the by far least interesting half of the book. The Marvel/Whedon style dialogue in the first half hour was distracting but settles into a good grasp of the source material. I think a lot of these role are miscast but it looks and sounds right.

  • Pastoral: To Die in the Country

    Pastoral: To Die in the Country

    ★★★★

    Pristine print at JFF/ACMI - cool film, can’t avoid the Fellini comparison in my head but some startling choices and images made throughout.

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  • Mommie Dearest

    Mommie Dearest

    ★★★★½

    Dunaway showcases a new kinda of acting altogether, a hybrid mixture of camp impersonation and full on demonic possession. Without it, the film ceases to exist. Slimy nostalgia tabloid told with outrageous bombast in an epic tale of what is essentially vignettes, a series of scenes so confusingly put together that any given cut could be anywhere between a split-second reaction shot to a "several years later" interval. Few films depend so much on their central performance, and it's one of the greatest I've ever seen.

  • Theorem

    Theorem

    ★★★★★

    The first film I've logged twice on Letterboxd, and one of my very favourite movies of all time. One of the highlights of that rich, rich period of cinema, of the heyday of European arthouse, which unlike so many of those comes not out of navel-gazing but of intense engagement with the political and cultural spirit of the times, in dialogue with Marxism, existentialism and some profane manifestation of the divine. It's a mysterious and beautiful film, and so thematically…