Daniel Patterson

Daniel Patterson

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I adore The Cat in the Hat (2003). I enjoy other films as well.

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  • Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★★½

    A giant, rollicking, unstoppable freight train of never-ending anxiety. The score already makes it obvious but this is a horror movie. It’s all painfully awkward interactions with people who you’d rather be thousands of kilometres away from and yet they’re right behind you, lingering like a horror movie villain waiting to strike. Even though it’s beautifully cringeworthy, it’s also riotously funny in the most disturbing way—this script is absolutely razor sharp for every minute. Rachel Sennott’s Twitter feed provides me…

  • It's a Sin

    It's a Sin

    ★★★★★

    So, uh, this tore my soul into a million tiny pieces and violently ripped it out of my chest. One of the best things I’ve seen in the last two years, hands down. While the subject matter is obviously very dark, it’s so loving, so tender, so wholesome and just so empathetic. There’s a lot of heartbreak along the way—which is utterly soul destroying—but it’s never executed in a nasty, manipulative or mean-spirited way and every single character and their…

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  • The Godfather

    The Godfather

    ★★★★★

    Al Pacino is god’s gift to humanity.

  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    ★★★½

    Another entry into the Unhinged Rosamund Pike Cinematic Universe™. You know instantly she’s going to be a nasty operator simply because of her bob cut. This is one of those times where I’m glad it’s not a big film by a big director because so many people are going to take the wrong things out of this—the discourse would be a nightmare. I’ve been disappointed with Pike’s output since Gone Girl and this feels like the thing she could’ve done…

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  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★½

    In space, no one can hear your daddy issues. It’s obviously not the action film Fox wants everyone to think it is. It’s meditative, intimate, haunting and heartbreaking. Brad Pitt is brilliantly subtle and communicates so much poignant emotion from his face alone. I also think it has my favourite opening scene of the year—I was transfixed. I can’t wait to expand on my thoughts as it ruminates in my head. All I will say is that we don’t deserve Hoyte van Hoytema’s talent.

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★★

    What goes inside Christopher Nolan’s brain is the question I had after watching Tenet. I’d argue it’s his most complicated film on a pure story level, even more so than Inception and Interstellar. Even after I left and was excitedly discussing every nuance with my friends, I had to check myself. I’m confident I’ll be rewarded for multiple watches but I can’t say I grasped every beat of this story. I can’t put it in my top five of his…