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Favorite films

  • Talk to Her
  • Out of Sight
  • Between the Lines
  • Do the Right Thing

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  • Gremlins

    ★★★★

  • Threads

    ★★★★

  • Walkabout

    ★★★★★

  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

    ★★★★

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  • The Rapture

    The Rapture

    ★★★★★

    I’m knocked out. Learn nothing about this movie and let its singularity wash over you. Michael Tolkin is a great stylist staging bodies here, but his script and its dialogue is really what makes the movie sing—it’s such an all-angles character study.

    That’s why it’s a showcase that results in Mimi Rogers’ best performance, one full of steely precision where the audience needs to be convinced of her new purpose as much as her peers do. It’s a glamorous display…

  • Germany Year Zero

    Germany Year Zero

    ★★★★★

    This is tentatively one of my favourite movies I've ever seen. Powerful and upsetting, it contains all the political power and chutzpah of any Rossellini movie, but something about the trim runtime sneaks up, you immerse before you're for the late developments to... just happen like that (however inevitably). I'm usually pretty numbed to the tragedy of the classics just because of how much shit I watch in a week between work and leisure, but this one got me.

    It's…

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  • Gremlins

    Gremlins

    ★★★★

    I was also a demon child joyously hypnotized by the "Heigh-Ho" sequence in Snow White.

    It's kind of jarring to watch some 6000+ movies before finally getting around to one of the most iconic. It all feels familiar from references and influence, but I got to be surprised by how it spends the bulk of time and in some cases who was in it (happy to see Polly Holliday, Nicky Katt, Glynn Turman, Jonathan Banks, and Judge Reinhold). So I…

  • Threads

    Threads

    ★★★★

    Threads hasn't aged a day, and few movies contain such heartening community help yet ultimately contain no hope. Its themes are a tad didactic at first, but thankfully never in the form of being directly instructive or even containing the political panic and satire you might expect. It just gets bleaker.

    The furthest film you can make from propaganda (that still resembles its form) is a deeply moving scripted message movie, but a specific one that can't be denied, and…

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  • Clay Pride: Being Clay in America

    Clay Pride: Being Clay in America

    ★½

    In this short from an MCU director, the anti-clay hate group is nonetheless called the ClayClayClay, and they are also clay.

  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★½

    I think I watched the wrong one.