Favorite films

  • The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
  • Perceval
  • Comrades: Almost a Love Story
  • The Assassin

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  • Riotsville, USA

    ★★★★

  • The Mission

    ★★½

  • A Love Song

    ★★★

  • Red Rocket

    ★★★★

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  • Lincoln

    Lincoln

    ★★★★½

    Ten years and the nakedly obvious upheaval therein may have actually improved the fundamental politics of this, at least from my perspective. In the Obama era, Lincoln’s steadfast commitment to his principles could be seen as timely, a friendly reminder from an icon to continue the good work. Now, it’s the actual machinations that resonate; in a way it has matured, or perhaps its outlook has curdled, like some of the greatest historical films; it has come to take on…

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★★

    While it serves different purposes in different films, Wong’s voiceover has always been central as another layer in his characters’ and cinema’s means of expression. But while there are numerous phone conversations that hang over the film’s images, In the Mood for Love only contains two lines of true voiceover. They both come from Cheung, immediately after she and Leung realize they both know the secret that initially unites, then ultimately divides them: “I thought I was the only one…

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  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    Let's leave aside the extravagant vanity and stupidity of this, a project that seems as much an excuse for Waititi to clown around in Führer cosplay as to indulge his worst and most juvenile tendencies: the twee coming-of-age story, the playful mocking that ultimately coalesces into love. Let's even excuse the utterly incoherent at best, downright fascistic approach to Nazism, which doesn't so much dismantle the very real and very dangerous ideology as it presents it baldly and plainly, hoping…

  • House

    House

    ★★★★

    From the Criterion description: “House might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet.”

    No. This is our world.