José Rodriguez

José Rodriguez

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24 | Lover of films. Editor at heart. IT student. Partial to westerns. Audrey Hepburn enthusiast. I like a good pasta.

Favorite films

  • Mulholland Drive
  • Barry Lyndon
  • Beau Travail
  • There Will Be Blood

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  • Grizzly Man

    ★★★★

  • Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

  • The Trouble with Being Born

    ★★★★

  • 025 Sunset Red

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  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    ★★★★★

    "I'm no good. I never pretended to be."

    Based on the book of the same name, Nightmare Alley chronicles the pessimistic tale of Stanton Carlisle, a carny turned showstopper by a cruel turn of fate. Director Edumund Goulding delivers a genuine tale on religious hypocrisy and the inescapable web of faith through a uniquely idiosyncratic addition to the noir genre during the late 1940's. Starring the charismatic Tyrone Power in a role very much against type, Nightmare Alley invites the…

  • Lost Highway

    Lost Highway

    ★★★★★

    "It's been a pleasure talking to you..."

    An elusive yet highly intoxicating tale involving murder, sex, deception, and the destructive force of desire, Lost Highway is a living piece of cinematic brilliance from the one and only David Lynch. The film captures a chaotic essence of hatred through emasculation in this constantly shifting psychological horror. Through it's surreal lens, Lost Highway presents its themes on identity, repression, and ultimately rebirth through a distinctly Lynchian visual flare that blends reality and…

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  • Grizzly Man

    Grizzly Man

    ★★★★

    “I see only the overwhelming indifference of nature.”

    A portrait of a deeply troubled man brought down by his unshaken hubris in a misguided, yet sympathetic attempt to live amongst wild bears to protect them — somehow. Director Werner Herzog uses over 100 hours of footage taken by Timothy Treadwell in a breathtaking dissection of the man himself, crossing the boundary between observer and an active influencer much like Timothy crossed the line between man and nature. Werner Herzog delivers…

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    “It’s no longer your film...”

    Undeniably masterful, Mulholland Drive is one of those rare films that simply encapsulates you in it’s strange and inspired world, calling out to be indefinitely dissected and theorized over. David Lynch delivers a masterclass experience through his distinct visual style and narrative flourish, all while touching on varying themes of love, envy, regret, and self-discovery. 

    I’ve gone on about this film before, so there really is no point in repeating myself, but I just needed to…

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  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★★

    "It was hard. It was really hard for a long time."

    Understated in its beauty, Columbus tells a tale old as time — a story of yearning to be heard, to be loved, to be understood. The minimalist lens in which this realistically optimistic story is told, lends itself to a deeper meaning as it invites us to reflect on the many facets of life that we use to build healthy relationships. 

    A contemplative narrative centered around two characters unknowingly crying for…

  • The Trouble with Being Born

    The Trouble with Being Born

    ★★★★

    "You smell like cigarettes and sunscreen."

    Going into this blind I had no idea there was such a degree of controversy surrounding Sandra Wollner's audacious science fiction feature when it initially premiered during the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in 2020. Following several outraged reviewers citing the film normalized sexual behavior towards children, the Melbourne International Film Festival decided to pull the film out from roster which was denounced by several critics. Having seen so many films in my life,…