Favorite films

  • Three Colors: Red
  • As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty
  • Yggdrasill: Whose Roots Are Stars in the Human Mind
  • The Long Day Closes

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  • TÁR

    ★★★★½

  • Triangle of Sadness

    ★★★★

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★★★½

  • Halloween

    ★★★★★

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  • Days

    Days

    ★★★★½

    One of the things I tend to hear from both people who love slower films and people who don't tend to connect with slower films is that these works demand a lot from the audience. That they require intense concentration, intense patience, and a strong will to get through them. I often find the exact opposite to be true. When you have a really great director at the helm who's at the height of his abilities and craftsmanship, they tend…

  • The Crowd

    The Crowd

    ★★★★★

    It feels like older films keep having to constantly prove their relevancy in a society where the goalposts for what is and isn’t deemed “dated” are constantly shifting. Silent films especially. There is so much talk right now about what Hollywood has gotten wrong that it’s unfortunately starting to seem like a great majority of people interested in movies aren’t actually interested in looking that far backyards, automatically assuming any film made before [insert arbitrary cutoff date here] is going…

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  • TÁR

    TÁR

    ★★★★½

    Extraordinarily good on just about every single level. Yes it tackles an incredibly divisive/topical issue with nuance and intelligence but as others have pointed out, this is first and foremost, a character study anchored by a singular performance. As someone who generally isn't absolutely blown away by actors, Cate knocked me off my feet here. Easily the best work she's ever done, just electric in the sort of contained, boiling-top way that reminded me of Oliver Reed 's best work.…

  • Triangle of Sadness

    Triangle of Sadness

    ★★★★

    Incredibly blunt but also frequently very funny. I'll always give Östlund the benefit of the doubt after Force Majeure but nothing he's made since has been nearly as probing, even if I had a fairly good time watching this. I get the idea that his sensibility is much broader that he probably thinks it is, even if I generally agree with his worldview and sense of anger. He just tends to use a hammer more than a scalpel. Also not…

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  • The Seventh Continent

    The Seventh Continent

    ★★★★½

    Sometimes I feel like I'm in an emotionally abusive relationship with Michael Haneke.

  • Triumph of the Will

    Triumph of the Will

    I’ve done a lot of strange things in my post breakup depressive state but watching triumph of the will at 3 in the morning might be the strangest.