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Favorite films

  • A Touch of Zen
  • High Noon
  • La Dolce Vita
  • Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky

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  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    ★★★½

  • Pitfall

    ★★★★

  • Tongues Untied

  • Palm Springs

    ★★★★

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  • Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★½

    92

    A gargantuan, visually and narratively ambitious piece of space opera that sees the ascension of this messiah through his trials with the Fremen and through the galactic threads with which his ascension is due in large part. It’s clear Chalamet has found a clear groove with the complexity of his character and, with Villeneuve’s growing taste and ability for sci-fi spectacle, leads this project to being one of the best films of the 2020s thus far. Same truly goes…

  • The Zone of Interest

    The Zone of Interest

    ★★★★½

    88

    A mundane, core shattering historical horror piece that slowly melts into the crevices of your mind throughout its entire runtime. Screams and bullets and thick black smoke creep in from the other side, but it’s the ultimate decisions of silence and “un-sight” that rings in the coldest shivers. The learned practices of suburban home life, meticulously continued through the day bolsters a necessary sense of duty, yet it’s in its own sheltered behavior that complacency and chosen ignorance proves…

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  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    ★★★½

    73

    “Conner, we've talked about this. Thirty Seconds to Mars is the name of a band. It's not a fact.”

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★★

    *Was an 89, now an 80*

    A bit vapid after repeated viewings, but it’s still a totally harmless romcom with a few really creative ideas. There’s also a few glaring plotholes but they’re pretty easy to ignore.

    “I felt everything I'll ever feel. So I'll never feel ever again.”

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  • Oppenheimer

    Oppenheimer

    ★★★★½

    91

    70mm

    A relentless viewfinder into the past and into the minds that contrived the means for an end-of-world cataclysm. Brilliantly, seamlessly weaves together the events of a 20 year or so span and slowly constructs the pieces to a question that haunts and plagues us to this very day - when is the end? Cillian Murphy’s Oppenheimer demonstrates a vast, emotional understanding of the character he portrays and is able to pull it off with a continuous, subtle brutality…

  • Past Lives

    Past Lives

    ★★★★★

    96

    Fuck it. Five stars. Honestly I’m at a loss of words for this. Finds an incredible, increasingly subtle balance between the differing feelings and ambitions of two people, set up against a grand display of life and love, personal history and circumstance. I also found a lot of personal resonance with this. Shoot me please.

    “If you leave something behind, you gain something, too.”