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Favorite films

  • Pit Stop
  • Contempt
  • Harper
  • Blind Spot

Recent activity

  • Don't Play Us Cheap


  • The Drifting


  • Cyborg 2087


  • The Hourglass Sanatorium


Pinned reviews

  • Jaws



    Jaws is many things, among them: a spectacular economic success, a western on the ocean, and a fraught, triangular romance. I'm far from the first person to say any of these things, but the film's craftsmanship, perfect pacing, and status as the summer flick that started it all nevertheless tend to overshadow its genre qualities, qualities which are just as flawlessly constructed as the more eye-catching aspects of the film.

    There are countless westerns about small groups, trapped together and…

  • Double Indemnity

    Double Indemnity


    I love this movie beyond measure. I love its chokingly lyrical (and so very Raymond Chandler), inch perfect screenplay. I love its dark humor, and the absurdity of glamorous Phyllis and anxious Walter skulking around a grocery store so aggressively sterile it seems to come from inside the monolith in 2001. I love the long takes, and the way the austerity of Billy Wilder's shooting style contrasts so perfectly with the labyrinthine language and tale it's recording. But, most of…

Recent reviews

  • Don't Play Us Cheap

    Don't Play Us Cheap


    Don't Play Us Cheap is just glorious, a celebration of undaunted joy, strength, and community. Living in a country that forces them to the margins, this multigenerational collection of Black friends pays that country no mind, learning from and supporting one another and moving ever-forward, confident in their power and ability to persevere, regardless of the obstacles in their way. After all, if the minions of the Devil himself are so easily faced down, what real challenge could any mortal…

  • The Drifting

    The Drifting


    The debut feature from Paula Delsol, The Drifting is a striking illustration of the limitations of our collective memory when it comes to the French New Wave, a movement declared by a voice as authoritative as Criterion to feature only one female director, Agnes Varda. Delsol, who wrote, directed, and financed the film herself, would beg to differ, as would her friend and collaborator François Truffaut, as well as the notoriously masculine Cahiers du cinéma, to which she was a…

Popular reviews

  • Pather Panchali

    Pather Panchali


    Women are alone.

    Sarbajaya is alone. She has time only to prepare food and care for her family. Sometimes, she can eat, but we never see her sleep — not once. There is no Sarbajaya, apart from her responsibilities.

    Her husband gives their children money because he loves to see them joyful; Sarbajaya is miserly so that she can give their children the food they need to stay alive, if only just. She is the source of discipline in their…

  • Cat People

    Cat People


    Spoilers ahead.

    Cat People is a quietly devastating look at one woman's life, and the impact social pressures and expectations have on her ability to live freely, told through the vehicle of horror. Irena Dubrovna (Simone Simon) is deeply alone, telling Oliver Reed (Kent Smith) on the very day they meet that he's her "first real friend." (Her word choice is terribly touching, suggesting a hopeful optimism that "only friend" would not have conveyed.) It's hard to tell if Irena…