Ollie Cochran

Current top 4 theme: 90s favs.

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Favorite films

  • The Age of Innocence
  • Boogie Nights
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Good Will Hunting

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  • Funny Games

    ★★★★

  • Taxi Driver

    ★★★★½

  • Before Midnight

    ★★★★★

  • Before Sunset

    ★★★★★

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  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    ★★★★★

    An essay I wrote on this film last year:

    Since its inception, cinema has been not only an artistic form of entertainment, but also an enabler in discovering other countries, cultures, and ideas. For example, as far back as the 1890s, cinema has been used to depict the politics of a country, with Mexican president Porfirio Díaz using propaganda films to ideally chronicle his presidency. Pedro Almodóvar’s 1988 feature, Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Women on the…

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    Second watch - up to 5*. Effectively a perfect film in terms of its technical composition: the score, cinematography, acting, writing, and direction are all flawless. But that’s to be expected of this film, and something that I found true if my first viewing.

    So what pulls it over the edge? Partly it has to be my greater understanding of film as an art form, as well as extended knowledge on American history thanks to a particularly enlightening module on…

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  • Funny Games

    Funny Games

    ★★★★

    Haneke is relentless and doesn’t shy from showing you every grotesque detail: a disturbing watch.

  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    ★★★★½

    I’d forgotten how methodically this is plotted; Scorsese and Schrader really do find a fantastic way to build this all-encompassing study of a deeply-flawed and disturbed figure. De Niro is obviously great — but perhaps in ways that I hasn’t picked up during my first viewing: his small mannerisms are really impressive, and the many closeups of only his eyes can convey such meaning. The second act is still a little too slow for me — I understand its significance in Bickle’s overall arc, but I just find myself longing for that bloody conclusion to bring its wave of catharsis a little bit sooner.

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  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    ★★★★½

    Genuinely some of the most staggering animation I’ve ever seen.

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★★

    There are singular moments, plotted deftly in the opening act of Interstellar, that mean nothing at the time; merely a motion or an action that can be disregarded straight afterwards. But they’re not completely forgotten. 

    Chris Nolan throws us into a world with no context. It’s Kubrickian-esque: he presents us with a scenario and we just have to accept everything that is shown to us. It’s like a shadow. He conceals information - letting us ponder on its meaning, speculating its place…