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Favorite films

  • Safe
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • The Day He Arrives
  • Only Angels Have Wings

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  • The Handmaiden

    ★★★★★

  • Caught

    ★★★★

  • Frozen II

    ★★★

  • Fire of Love

    ★★★★

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★½

    CHANI, IN VOICEOVER: Arrakis, my planet, is forged in sand but also blood. The spice, a sacramental rite of my persevering clan, is pillaged by a remorseless empire and its jealous Padishah Emperor. The land and its people ravaged by the blood-thirsty Harkonnen, they look towards a fabled voice from the outer world who will lead them to paradise.

    CUT TO:

    PAUL ATREIDES, SPOTTING DUNCAN IDAHO: Duuude, what’s up?

  • Days

    Days

    When a filmmaker holds on each shot for so long that the entirety of the film forever burrows its way deep into your consciousness... that’s a Tsai-op.

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  • Frozen II

    Frozen II

    ★★★

    Giving a soft co-sign to Remy's first contrarian movie take: this is the superior film to the first in almost every way but the music.

  • The Princess and the Frog

    The Princess and the Frog

    ★★★½

    My friend Matt gifted Remy a Princess Tiana doll that he was mistakenly given in a Target order so she now has an outsized idea of the importance of this movie. Doesn’t really want to watch Lion King, no time for Aladdin, eat shit, Little Mermaid… this is a Princess and the Frog household.

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  • TÁR

    TÁR

    ★★★★½

    JUILLIARD STUDENT: I never played The Last of Us. I’d rather spend my free time—and my money—supporting work places that foster fair labor practices.

    LYDIA TÁR: Oh, yes, I suppose we should sacrifice the mechanical ambitions of Jak X: Combat Racing and the technical prowess of A Thief’s End to the ever-evolving, reckless defenestrations of contemporary culture’s most regressive cultural whims. Great art—like Cortex Strikes Back, or Keef the Thief—requires dedication, young man. Would you want your nascent work to be defined by…

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★½

    Thank you, Tom. I love you.