Favorite films

  • Training Day
  • The Night of the Shooting Stars
  • Sailor's Luck
  • Citizen Kane

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  • The Spanish Prisoner

    ★★★★½

  • Vampires

    ★★★★

  • State and Main

    ★★★½

  • Out 1

    ★★★★★

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  • The Spanish Prisoner

    The Spanish Prisoner

    ★★★★½

    THE SPANISH PRISONER (David Mamet) - I had only seen this once before during its original theatrical run. I remember thinking it was ok but sort of underproduced given the scope/scale: my impression at the time was that despite its milieu of international business wheeling and dealing it felt, as a movie, to inhabit a smaller world then the low level con men of House of Games.

    Second time around, I saw things in a different way: seeing more purpose…

  • Vampires

    Vampires

    ★★★★

    JOHN CARPENTER’S VAMPIRES (John Carpenter, 1998) - seems like I should have seen this before now, as I have watched other Carpenters from this period (Ghosts of Mars and Escape from LA) multiple times and rank them among my favorites. I recently did a podcast where I talked about the difference between the way normal people watch movies and the way weirdo movie buffs like me watch movies, and I bring that up because I absolutely loved this movie, and…

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  • Paris Belongs to Us

    Paris Belongs to Us

    ★★★★★

    A young woman studying for her entrance exam in literature hears someone crying in an apartment down the hall from her: she goes to investigate and gets caught up with a group of artists and intellectuals (some of whom are putting on a production of Shakespeare's "Pericles") who are engaged in a struggle with a secret, global fascist conspiracy. The movie is so close to Rivette's fully-formed, mature works (from OUT 1 to VA SAVOIR) that it can be, paradoxically,…

  • Colorado Territory

    Colorado Territory

    ★★★★★

    "Colorado Territory" (WALSH) - a couple of thoughts:

    1) I tend to consider Walsh at least the equal of Hawks/Ford/Hitchcock/whomever else you want to put here. His rep suffers a bit because none of his films are especially well known (and so much of the early stuff is LOST), and the most (relatively) famous ones aren't necessarily the best of the best. Because of that, I get why people might scratch their heads when I talk about Walsh in such…