Patrik Sandberg

Screenwriter & Cinematic Apologist.

Favorite films

  • Eyes of Laura Mars
  • The Hunger
  • Showgirls
  • Cruising

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  • Infinity Pool

    ★★★★

  • Blood Simple

    ★★★★★

  • The Whale

    ★★★★★

  • RRR

    ½

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  • Infinity Pool

    Infinity Pool

    ★★★★

    An interesting idea benumbed by a very peculiar script. Impressionism cascades into a fetishism for stupor, and incoherence becomes a placeholder for bravado, which is too bad because the film’s most stunning and impactful scenes are actually its most lucid and interpersonal. There are certain sequences that evoke cinema du look, shot with more romance and visual depth than you might expect. But in terms of content, what passed for provocation in the old days is much more vapid now, and…

  • When You Finish Saving The World

    When You Finish Saving The World

    Julianne Moore scratches so close to the bone her performances should come with a warning.

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  • jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy

    jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy

    ★★★★★

    PART 1:

    Radiant, ecstatic, vérité work that can only come from a second-nature reflex on the part of the directors. The durational nature gives a rare “all-along” backstage account of an artist—as singular as we’ll ever see—as he plots his own meteoric rise, unleashing his nascent talent casually in unexpected bursts. Spellbounding, sobering, emotional cinema. I can’t wait to see the next two installments.

    Watched at AMC Sunset 5.


    PARTS 2&3:
    Watching the making of “Through the Wire” was a…

  • Zola

    Zola

    ★★★★

    A vérité celluloid drift in place of a neon-drenched spree, Janicza Bravo directs Zola with the wry desolation that defined a certain brand of idiosyncratic, independent, director-driven comedies of the 1990s, only updated for the iPhone generation. It’s a starkly confident choice that pays off consistently, as often as the writing defies expectations. I was taken with Bravo’s perspective, the way she makes big moments small and small moments big, and yet despite some necessary mocking, keeps all her characters…