b rad

Editor at www.fourthreefilm.com

Favorite films

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

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  • The Master

    ★★★★

  • Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

  • Ashes and Diamonds

  • Four of the Apocalypse

    ★★★★

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  • Four of the Apocalypse

    Four of the Apocalypse

    ★★★★

    I’m not generally as enamoured with spaghetti westerns as many people are, for a couple of reasons. Mainly, I prefer the genuine article and find the adjective “revisionist” unhelpful - almost all good American Westerns are revisionist! Nor do I find the Italian sensibility particularly interesting in its expression in these movies - the genres of giallo and especially poliziotesschi end up being far more interesting and revealing wrt the socio-political anxieties of the time and place, being the fairly…

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    ★★★★

    If this film was made any earlier the CG would be too hokey, any later and likely too self-serious and lifelike. As it stands, the pulpy video game cutscene robot designs are perfect. Hugely bold narrative gambit in the last act. Strangely structured, lots of surprises throughout and an all time child performance. I don’t think I’ll ever really get or love Spielberg as an auteur but this is as engaged as I’ve been by a film of his.

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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…