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Carman has written 11 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • The Shop Around the Corner

    The Shop Around the Corner


    Capitalism: A Love Story

  • The Mule

    The Mule


    Eastwood made a tender film about the failure of the American Dream that doubles as a road trip through America’s beautiful heartland and as an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. it’s also one of the funniest movies of the year. i can’t fucking believe it.

  • The Cameraman

    The Cameraman


    avant-garde filmmaker pioneer turns to commercial work to gain acceptance

  • Dear White People

    Dear White People


    Not a review, but I interviewed writer/director Justin Simien for LAist and it'd be really cool if you read it!

  • Snowpiercer



    poetry in motion

    my review for LAist

  • The Third Man

    The Third Man


    So apparently this exists on the Wikipedia page for some reason:

  • Band of Outsiders

    Band of Outsiders


    I've seen the film at least half-dozen times before and it never really occurred to me how dumb all three of the characters are.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel


    (an incomplete thing that I'll never finish so I'll just leave it here)

    Many have approached Wes Anderson's latest fishbowl of a film as some sort of response to his critics and a self-reflexive culmination of his previous body of work. It's the "most Wes Anderson-y of Wes Anderson movies." As if he read the thinkpieces by his naysayers after Moonrise Kingdom and said, "Oh you don't like my stories-within-stories? Well here's a story-within-a-story-within-a-story." While this may or may not…

  • An Autumn Afternoon

    An Autumn Afternoon


    I wonder if that dance scene in 35 rhums with the Commodores song was Claire Denis' own interpretation of the naval march at Torys Bar.

    edit: oh oops 35 rhums is based on Late Spring too late the connection has already been made in my head

  • Center Stage

    Center Stage


    Literally luminous.

  • Zero Dark Thirty

    Zero Dark Thirty


    Plenty of Smart Movie Critic Things have been said about it by Smart Movie Critics that are right on the mark (along with Dumb Pundit Things from Dumb Pundits) so I have nothing else to add other than this is really one hell of a thrilling movie-going experience.