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I watch films, I write about them in books and magazines. You know, no big whoop.

Favorite films

  • Touch of Evil
  • Barton Fink
  • Yojimbo
  • Mulholland Drive

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  • Blow the Man Down

    ★★★

  • Mahler on the Couch

    ★★★

  • The Gentlemen

    ★★★★

  • Jimmy Carr: His Dark Material

    ★★★½

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  • Blow the Man Down

    Blow the Man Down

    ★★★

    Was ready to live this, giving the setting, the very obvious homage to the Coens, and Margo Winkdale.   There are some glaring narrative problems that deal specifically with character. But there’s real potential. Go in with expectations really low.

  • Mahler on the Couch

    Mahler on the Couch

    ★★★

    It wants to be offbeat but often turns out to be kind of goofy. Romaner is amazing however: sexy, heartbreaking—I simultaneously couldn’t stand her but nevertheless fell in love.  I guess that’s the point!

    This is the kind of movie that keeps telling us someone is a genius but never actually shows it.

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  • Fargo

    Fargo

    ★★★★★

    What’s left to say about this brilliant film? The very first time I saw it, I felt let down a little after the dizzying stylistic innovations of the previous Coen brothers films. But after my second viewing I could see them grounding themselves and finding ways to work with idiom grounded in region rather than referring back to cinema. 

    I have a new theory that in the scenes in which Macy and MacDormand are talking, the actors aren’t actually together…

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★★½

    If Jacques Demy made a giallo…

    I loved this.  It’s visually brilliant…practical effects and often “in camera.”  

    It subverts the usual (and classist) premise of city/ suburbanites go into the country and get attacked.  Here it is the reverse.   Also we get to see the main protagonist well before stuff goes wrong; in fact we see her really happy up in Cornwall.  Wright knows we really have to see “The before”  to really get “the after.”  Anyway it bucks the current template of horror films that begin at the point of crisis.