Favorite films

  • In the Mood for Love
  • Seven Samurai
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Man on Wire

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  • Notorious

    ★★★½

  • Hellraiser

    ★★★½

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    ★★★½

  • Ju-on: The Grudge

    ★★★½

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  • Notorious

    Notorious

    ★★★½

    The Nazi-hunter angle, the finer details of operational infiltration, and the wrinkles of the plot are fairly underdeveloped for what is ostensibly an espionage thriller. That deficit doesn't much matter, though, because the romance-manipulation triangle in Notorious between Devlin (Cary Grant), Alicia (Ingrid Bergman), and Alexander (Claude Rains) is so strong. Bergman in particular is excellent and stands out in Hitchcock's filmography as one of his best actresses, capable of romance, deception and vulnerability. I found myself more and more entranced by Notorious as it moved along.

  • Hellraiser

    Hellraiser

    ★★★½

    Hellraiser is a film that holds no quarter: it is devoid of camp, pushes the limits of pain and disgust, and makes little effort to present sympathetic characters. I was genuinely shocked at how far some of these scenes go and I think I detected some edits where even more devastating bodily destruction was cut out of the film. The design of the cenobites is brilliant, evoking all sorts of tendencies and compulsions beyond the typical murderous rage seen in…

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    Pick nearly any scene from this film - Winkie's Diner, the espresso tasting, Adam's wife's affair, the bungled hit, the cowboy, Betty's audition, the love scene, Club Silencio, or the nightmarish "waking up" - and you'll find a masterclass in direction, acting and atmosphere. No other movie so effectively prods the primal unconscious while stimulating the higher brain's need to make sense of it all. Mulholland Drive is my favorite film from my favorite director, which puts it in the…

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★★

    This film has been on my "I-should-probably-check-that-out" list for nearly 20 years... and I now understand what all the hype is about. The lighting and original score set a tone of elegance and propriety while the inclusion of Cuban jazz evokes a cosmopolitan sensibility and - through its lyrics - ambiguity for the ultimate outcome of the plot. Then along comes that subtly expansive ending! It's a good thing I never saw this in the theater because I might be anchored to my seat waiting for the next showing to begin. I am absolutely smitten.