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My favorites are four of my favorites, not my four favorites. Cause who makes a top four list?

Favorite films

  • All About My Mother
  • Sullivan's Travels
  • Johnny Guitar
  • The Heartbreak Kid

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  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    ★★★★★

  • Black Coal, Thin Ice

    ★★★★½

  • The Warriors

    ★★★★

  • Nobody Knows

    ★★★★½

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  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★★★

    Many people-largely not among the demographic that would read Jim Jarmusch reviews on Letterboxd-would look at Paterson’s simple, monotonous existence and feel something akin to pity. For a long time, I’ve actually envied many of the aspects of his life. 

    Paterson’s brain stays in the same place the large majority of the time. It can be called upon to do its job the same way on the 23rd of the month as it did on the 7th of the month.…

  • Irma Vep

    Irma Vep

    ★★★★½

    I want an entire film of the (non-spoiler) three minute clip at the end of Irma Vep. The whole film is delirious and exciting, but that ending sets it all on fire. Hallucinogenic black and white, squiggly lasers shooting from Maggie Cheung’s eyes, entire shots tearing apart like binder paper in the hands of an angry fifth grader.

    Olivier Assayas doesn’t just have one of the most diverse filmographies; he’s restless within his films, taking risks that almost always pay off. 


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  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    ★★★★★

    In McCabe and Mrs. Miller, the great Julie Christie plays Constance, an opium-addicted madam who becomes business partners with McCabe (Warren Beatty), a bumbling entrepreneur that acts like way more of a burnout than she does.

    While Constance is clearly kicking it on the wrong side of modern social mores, she knows who she is, and she acts accordingly. She never buys into McCabe’s delusions of grandeur, and she has a more paternal than proprietary relationship with the prostitutes she manages.…

  • Truck Turner

    Truck Turner

    ★★★★½

    So much fun! Some things that stood out:

    🔹 Amazing post-getting-shot/pre-death choreography. One guy gets shot and starts stumbling around like drunk Gumby. Then a tight shot of him wobbling like tweaked out Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream. He slinks into his car, garbles out some blood, and finally dies, his lifeless head blaring on the horn. Incredible! It was like an episode of So You Think You Can Die!

    🔹Incredible music by Isaac Hayes in a film starring Isaac…

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★

    This is basically what this semester has been like trying to teach high school English via distance learning.

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★½

    At first, Phil, Benedict Cumberbach’s character in Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, seems almost cartoonishly cruel. He browbeats seemingly everyone for not being as manly as him. He attacks his brother George (Jesse Plemons), his brother’s new wife Rose (Kirsten Dunst), and Rose’s effeminate son Pete  (Kodi Smit-McPhee). There doesn’t seem to be much to Phil beyond a propensity for clinging to his brother at all costs, and avoiding bathing at all costs.

    As the film goes on, though,…