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Favorite films

  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Ran
  • Secrets & Lies

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  • The End of Summer

    ★★★★

  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

    ★★★½

  • The Teachers’ Lounge

    ★★★½

  • Under the Skin

    ★★★½

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  • Mysteries of Lisbon

    Mysteries of Lisbon

    ★★★★★

    Mysteries of Lisbon is my first encounter with Raúl Ruiz, so I don't have the authority to say whether it’s a good entry point for his work. What I can say is that I absolutely loved it. It’s four-and-a-half hours long, and it’s not in much of a hurry either, yet it’s never once boring. It’s about as narratively, thematically and stylistically prodigious as a single film can be. It’s so abundant that you want to spend hours picking apart…

  • PlayTime

    PlayTime

    ★★★★★

    Is Jacques Tati’s PlayTime the best-directed film in existence? Impossible to say, of course, but it’s equally impossible to deny how few films bring together every aspect of the cinematic medium - photography, mise-en-scène, editing, sound and narrative - in as intricate and impeccably controlled a way as this one. That on its own would be more than enough justification for its regular presence on best of all time lists, but the film is always doing more than what’s on…

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  • The End of Summer

    The End of Summer

    ★★★★

    Ozu's best-scored film.

    Ranking Yasujiro Ozu

  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

    The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

    ★★★½

    Possibly Terry Gilliam's Terry Gilliam-est film. He's always struck me, as I'm sure he's struck a lot of people, as a director with a uniquely good eye for fantastical images but who's rather more of a liability when it comes to good, clean storytelling, and there's no stronger support for that impression than this film. It's a flight of fancy that doesn't even pretend to care about things like character depth or narrative logic (in fact it even tries to…

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  • Allen v. Farrow

    Allen v. Farrow

    Why don't we all just forget about when Mia Farrow's legal team, which included one Alan Dershowitz, offered to make the molestation charges go away if Woody Allen would agree to a $5 million settlement? I don't know about you, but to me that doesn't exactly look like something a woman who feared "for years" that her boyfriend was a paedophile would do (see also: allowing him to co-adopt their children in 1991).

    Oh, and another thing: if it doesn't…

  • Chariots of Fire

    Chariots of Fire

    ★★★★½

    In winning the Best Picture Oscar, Chariots of Fire was condemned to an image of mediocrity, its most common context for discussion being that it stole the award from Raiders of the Lost Ark. It's true that two films nominated that year - Raiders and Reds - were better than Chariots, but since the Academy isn't exactly known for its perceptiveness it's best to judge it on its own terms, and in that respect, it's an assured success.

    I wasn't…