manilazic

Freelance film writer, French but writing in English.

Favorite films

  • Body Double
  • A Serious Man
  • The Naked Civil Servant
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    ★★★½

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    ★★★

  • Cliffhanger

    ★★★½

  • Stillwater

    ★★★★½

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  • Stillwater

    Stillwater

    ★★★★½

    A completely fascinating film about what it means to be from somewhere and finding ourselves (and ‘finding ourselves’) elsewhere. The basic plot itself (about helping the daughter) feels more like an excuse to have Matt Damon end up at an OM match at the Vélodrome and I love it. This is about a man being forced to be outside his comfort zone and making the most of it, not in a colonising manner but with genuine grace.
    Finally a good…

  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★★

    I teared up and tapped my foot and fangirled throughout - and I really, really want to see it again.

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  • The Virgin Suicides

    The Virgin Suicides

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    What is now most iconic about Sofia Coppola’s THE VIRGIN SUICIDES is the predominant colour in the Lisbon girls’ bedrooms: the pale pink on their walls, lipsticks and knickers has even gotten its own name, ‘millennial pink,’ possibly revealing the aesthetic impact this film has had on a whole generation of filmgoers. But what gets forgotten in this superficial praise –countless fashion shoots have taken cues from the close-up on Kirsten Dunst lying on a grassy football field in her…

  • The Girl Next Door

    The Girl Next Door

    ★★

    I want a remake that focuses on the actual girl next door rather than on the fantasy-world of the boy. She could also have feelings and thoughts of her own! That'd be nice.