Favorite films

  • Night and the City
  • The Sound of Music
  • Stalker
  • Clouds of Sils Maria

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  • Wet Hot American Summer

    ★★★★½

  • Old

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

  • The Nowhere Inn

    ★★

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  • Ways of Seeing

    Ways of Seeing

    ★★★★★

    I can distinctly recall being instructed in 6th grade art on the distinction between the naked and the nude. At that age your attention is naturally piqued when such a subject is raised, and I was made very receptive to what my teacher said.

    Bare skin is a physical reality, a subject like any other. What portrays nakedness is simple and crass, where the nude elevates bare skin to the level of art.

    This is just the kind of dull…

  • Raging Bull

    Raging Bull

    ★★★★★

    The key shot of Raging Bull, and one of the greatest shots in cinema history, is the low angle shot of Sugar Ray in LaMotta's final losing fight with him. As the ring and arena lights distort, Sugar Ray becomes gigantic. His skin darkens so much that he seems, for a moment, to be a living shadow. When he finally strikes, the sound of the fight is mixed with the roar of a lion.

    In this moment of godlike black…

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  • The Nowhere Inn

    The Nowhere Inn

    ★★

    I expected this to be another spiritually punishing extension of my Sleater-Kinney obsession, but the shocking twist that St. Vincent can act and be funny has convinced me this was a missed opportunity despite all the obvious self-indulgence. The fault lies, as always, with Carrie Brownstein. Not only is she an abysmal actress and limited comedian, there is nothing about the film that demands her presence. Despite playing "Carrie Brownstein," she betrays almost nothing of herself. It's very incongruent with…

  • One Froggy Evening

    One Froggy Evening

    There simply isn’t anything funnier than this

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  • The Birdcage

    The Birdcage

    ★★★★½

    I already have a review about how I love this movie, so I'm just going to use this as a space to complain about my viewing experience.

    It's absolutely shameful for AMC to do classic movie screenings and present them in piss poor digital quality. I'm not expecting competent film stock projection like I would at a good repertory cinema house, but it shouldn't look like I'm watching a Russian tube site. I was really excited about the prospect of…

  • Clean Slate

    Clean Slate

    ★★★

    The thinking man's Memento