Favorite films

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Tree of Life
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Do the Right Thing

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  • The Green Knight

    ★★★★½

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★½

  • The Virgin Spring

    ★★★★

  • Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★½

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★½

    Perhaps the most important and hardest job for a director is maintaining a consistent tone or mood throughout a film and that's especially hard in fantasy films that are meant to evoke worlds beyond our own. By that definition this is perhaps one of the best directed films I've seen in some time.

    The world created by David Lowery is so distinctive that even if you have no idea what's going on in the movie you know very well what…

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★½

    An easy way for a marvel movie to be good is to have an interesting villain. I don’t know why more of these movies don’t do that. Shang Chi features one of the best villains of the MCU, not just because the character is played by an incredible actor but also because there’s a real honest dynamic between the hero and the villain. 

    Now that dynamic between father and son isn’t entirely new, it’s straight out of Star Wars, but…

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★★

    On a second viewing it's not quite as good. I suppose this is because the tone and humor aren't as unexpected, the novelty kind of wears off. Also, the really bland and silly story comes to light a bit more. I still love the characters and look forward to further adventures Rocket and Groot but I hope they are complemented by foes that are much more well-written in addition to introducing some more unique and novel ideas into the space opera genre.

  • Dazed and Confused

    Dazed and Confused

    ★★★★

    Similar to American Graffiti, Dazed and Confused is a film meant to simply show you how kids hung out with each other after school was over. The environment, the characters, the thing they do, the things they talk about all felt so authentic and lived-in right off the bat. At the same time it functions as a coming-of-age story about kids about to enter the next phase of their lives. As evidenced by Boyhood, this is the kind of stuff Richard Linklater does best.