Simon Woods

Avid cinephile looking to expand my horizons.

Top 4 are my favorite first-time watches of the past month or so.

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  • A Woman Under the Influence

    A Woman Under the Influence

    ★★★★★

    No words. Absolutely devastating. Gripped and entranced for two and a half hours. Falk is revelatory, Rowlands is in a class by herself. What a livewire of a movie, despite how little actually happens.

    I feel like I have more to say, but genuinely cannot articulate right now. Powerful shit.

  • Make Way for Tomorrow

    Make Way for Tomorrow

    ★★★★★

    "You don't sow wheat and reap ashes, Bark."

    Genuinely one of the best films I've ever seen. I want to go cry in a corner and never emerge. Victor Moore is exceptionally natural and likable. Beulah Bondi gives one of the best performances I've ever seen. Her monologue on the telephone broke me. Goddamn everything about this broke me.The whole thing is astonishingly raw, heartbreaking, real, astonishingly candid and never lags for a second.

    As good a film as any produced in the golden age. Perhaps my new favorite of the 1930s.

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  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★½

    Did I really just watch this twice in the span of 24 hours? You bet your ass I did!

    Well, to be fair, the second viewing was with my music-obsessed girlfriend. And I don't regret it one bit, because holy shit this was great. I love being able to feel this exhilarated by a new film, it's something I haven't felt to this extent in a while. Definitely something I know will be pretty consistently in my rewatch cycle from now on. And that soundtrack will be on repeat for a while.

  • Christmas in July

    Christmas in July

    ★★★★★

    So... I think I found the perfect movie?

    My God, Sturges was WAY ahead of his time. This film is hilarious, moves at LIGHTNING pace, full of genuine, committed performances, and contains one of the most beautiful and resonant anticapitalist messages I've seen in a film in a long time. Can't begin to overstate how much I enjoyed this, and can't wait to obsessively watch every Sturges film I can find.