Favorite films

  • There Will Be Blood
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • No Country for Old Men
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

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  • The Virgin Spring

    ★★★★½

  • Wild Strawberries

    ★★★★½

  • The Color of Pomegranates

    ★★★★

  • Electra, My Love

    ★★★★½

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  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    ★★★★

    Seeing this in a theater really transforms the movie into a hall of mirrors; sitting in a theater watching a movie where people sit in a theater and watch a movie. The effect is completely immersive. You are there. It seems so integral that I can’t imagine watching this any other way. As a former movie theater employee it felt like home, all the familiar boredoms, all the familiar waiting around, all the familiar sweeping up. Very lovely.

  • The Round-Up

    The Round-Up

    ★★★★½

    Does a lot of the same things as The Red and the White but with even crazier hats, so of course I loved it

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  • War and Peace

    War and Peace

    ★★★★★

    I spent a little over 10 hours in a theater today. 2 hours of that time was spent in intermission, fighting the horde of bewildered octogenarians shambling for the bathroom. The other 8 was spent soaking up unprecedented spectacle.
     
    Look, I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, I’m a sucker for period epics and this thing checks off all my boxes. Hats? Not a bald head in sight. Snow? Enough to drive Napoleon out of Russia. Duels? Only one,…

  • The Report

    The Report

    ★★★

    *every scene in this movie*
    Adam Driver: Don't you see?? The CIA! They’re monsters!
    Annette Benning: Wait a minute...So you’re telling me the CIA were monsters. . . and got away with it?!?!

    Essential content in an inessential package. Like if a manilla envelope was a movie. The information inside might be invaluable, but on the outside it’s still a boring envelope. Couldn’t you have splurged on a folder? High gloss? Leather cover? A binder maybe? Either way, Adam Driver…