Julian (The Film Seeker)

Julian (The Film Seeker)

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No longer the Cynic.

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Favorite films

  • Moonlight
  • Chungking Express
  • Parasite
  • An Elephant Sitting Still

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  • Young Ahmed

    ★★★

  • Princes and Princesses

    ★★★½

  • Border

    ★★★½

  • El sur

    ★★★½

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  • Beyond the Hills

    Beyond the Hills

    ★★★★½

    Following his landmark Palme d'Or win for 2007's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days and preceding his shared Best Director win for Graduation, Cristian Mungiu found just as much success at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 with Beyond the Hills, not only scooping up the Best Screenplay award for himself, but also netting his pair of leading performers the prize for Best Actress. With a style as unapologetically direct and unapproachable as Mungiu's, it's a wonder that the…

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Multiverse films are (thankfully) not as widespread as the same MCU that has invested quite a bit of stock into them lately, but in the past 6 months, the number of good multiverse films has impressively doubled. That figure seems less impressive when that doubled figure amounts to a whopping two films, but in the first half of 2022, Everything Everywhere All at Once ecstatically joined the lonely ranks of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Of course, the Spider-Man film that…

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  • Young Ahmed

    Young Ahmed

    When Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne scooped up the Best Director award at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival for Young Ahmed, those having seen the film greeted the news with a collective "...wait. What?" Under normal circumstances, the Dardenne brothers picking up an award at Cannes would come as no surprise to anyone; aside from the Jury Prize, the duo have scooped up literally every award in the main competition for which a non-actor would be eligible. Hell, even if Young…

  • Suddenly, Last Summer

    Suddenly, Last Summer

    Context matters. To what degree that may be true is variable, as is evidenced by the oft-debated "separate art from the artist" perspective of film consumption. But in the case of Suddenly, Last Summer, the need to view Joseph L. Mankiewicz's melodramatic adaptation of a Tennessee Williams play with an altered mindset comes not from having to shield one's knowledge of a massive asshole in order to appreciate it, but rather from understanding the circumstances that led to one poor,…

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  • Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

    Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

    Let this be a lesson to all you self-proclaimed Oscar pundits out there: no matter how airtight the perceived top 5 list for International Feature may be, always expect whichever committee votes on these nominees to throw in at least one curveball to fuck with everybody! This year, I learned that lesson the hard way when perhaps the easiest slam dunk category of the year was upended with the untimely demise of Asghar Farhadi's best movie in almost a decade.…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    For decades now, the question of whether or not a Dune adaptation could be successful has plagued the philosophical minds intersecting the realms of cinema and literature. Who could adapt such a lofty novel into a single condensed film and do Frank Herbert justice? With the surreal minds like Alejandro Jodorowsky and David Lynch taking on this challenge, only to have their efforts collapse under the weight of their own ambition, the tale of fictitious messiah Paul Atreides has finally…