Collin Brinkmann

Just gonna use this as a place for rough thoughts on things--star ratings are purely polemical and no word is final.

Favorite films

  • The Lost City of Z
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
  • We Bought a Zoo

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  • Inland Empire

    ★★★★★

  • Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

    ★★★★★

  • The Sun Also Rises

    ★★★★★

  • The Town

    ★★★★★

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  • Inland Empire

    Inland Empire

    ★★★★★

    Lynch reinvents the close-up & then shatters it into a million terrifyingly expressionistic pieces..... Maybe he's just been on the collective mind but I thought of Godard a lot watching this, it's like Godardian horror -- digital video, superimpositions, banally poetic dialogue scattered across, and, of course, a gigantic & exhilarating F-you to conventional cinema

    Would've loved to have been around in 2006 to see this explode into the world

  • The Town

    The Town

    ★★★★★

    honest-to-God masterpiece

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  • Blonde

    Blonde

    ★★★★★

    idk.... I'm at a loss here because I can't remember the last time I watched a film this long & this resistant to caring about conventional narrative rhythms, standards of character psychology, the purpose of images, time/audience management, etc etc etc etc. ...
    I'm skeptical of those who are quick to hate it / or quick to love it, I can't imagine having a Definitive Take on this messy movie. The film seems to be asking the question of me: why…

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★★★

    why do you love me?

    With Fincher it always comes back to this: loneliness, plus its attendant causes and effects -- alienation and self-isolation, ambition and failure, love and disappointment, desire and loss, etc. etc. The questions of why certain people stick around and others leave when someone is who they are and does what they do. I find Mank and his wife's relationship quite moving, and as such is a great example of how Fincher subtly operates with this…