Favorite films

  • Blade Runner
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Suspiria
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

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  • The Secret of Kells

    ★★★½

  • Friday

    ★★★

  • Infinity Pool

    ★★★½

  • Women Talking

    ★★★½

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  • The Secret of Kells

    The Secret of Kells

    ★★★½

    "It takes everything."

    I watched this kind of disjointed, and I suspect I'll like it even more when I rewatch it. Even so, The Secret of Kells is so interesting and unique. The first entry in Cartoon Saloon's Irish Folklore Trilogy features Irish culture-inspired art that's instantly enchanting. Its tone is both light and digestible yet not afraid to take risks and get a little darker. There's good variety in the color palette. And the performances are all really good.…

  • Friday

    Friday

    ★★★

    "Ha, you little rat bastards."

    I didn't know that Ice Cube co-wrote this with DJ Pooh. Friday is really funny, and the characters are all so interesting. Everybody contributes something to the overall feel of the neighborhood, which is important in a movie like this where the location is as much a character as the people. The movie felt really slow in the middle though. I did watch the director's cut, which is six minutes longer than the theatrical cut,…

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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★½

    "I just can't take no pleasure in killing."

    I paid more particular attention to some new things this time around. One of those is the score. It's really industrial. Lots of metallic-sounding instrumentation. I don't know what the right term for it is, but it sounds existentially hollow if that makes any sense. Of course there's that classic flashbulb sound effect. It's so eerie.

    This all ties into the second thing I tried to pay more attention to - the…

  • Infinity Pool

    Infinity Pool

    ★★★½

    "This is just a little game."

    I had no idea what this movie was about going into it, so it was nice to be totally blind in the theater outside of familiarity with Cronenberg. While the staples of violence and sex that one might expect from the filmmaker are definitely there, Infinity Pool finds Cronenberg exploring class divides, social divides, and the long-standing ethical debate around a classic sci-fi premise (which I will not give away if you also have…