Favorite films

  • Yi Yi
  • There Will Be Blood
  • A Separation
  • The Tree of Life

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  • Extraction 2


  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse


Pinned reviews

  • Farewell My Concubine

    Farewell My Concubine


    Watched this 172-min film, then read up on it and basically went back to watch it again. My goodness, it’s on another level. Chen Kaige, DP Gu Changwei, Leslie Cheung, Gong Li and Zhang Fengyi. What a team. 

    So much emotion in this film. So much Chinese history. Tackles such massive issues. Every single frame in this film is packed with not only crucial story beats and the most minuscule and important character development but it is composed and lit…

  • Still Walking

    Still Walking


    This film is a defining example of how the art of cinema can evoke such personal, specific, and powerful emotions within viewers. In this case, me. There is something special about watching this story unfold in the patient way that it does, and in doing so, feeling the sensation of my own memories ebbing and flowing until they eventually consume all my thoughts and feelings. The emotional experience is unlike anything else. I don't feel this by looking at paintings,…

Recent reviews

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life


    Expands cinematic medium. 
    Poetry in motion.
    Life. Love. Loss. 
    Childhood. Innocence. 
    Fatherhood. Discipline. Grace.
    Motherhood. Expression. Nature. 

    One of its kind. 

    GRADE: A+
    Rewatched Extended Edition on Criterion Blu-ray (APR 13, 2023).

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King


    Epic beyond measure. 

    GRADE: A+
    Rewatched Extended Edition on HBO Max (MAR 15, 2023).

Popular reviews

  • Warsha



    Best short at 2022 Sundance Film Fest.
    One of the best shorts I’ve seen in years.

    This film has everything you want in a top-notch film: 

    - strong social commentary about a specific place that also reflects the greater society as a whole

    - an engaging lead actor surrounded by an array of characters who are well-directed - they are entirely natural and believable and all lend to both impressive authenticity and subtle character-building (love the scene on the bus…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza


    Meandering. Unfocused. Weak character development. Feels like an assortment of unfinished plot lines with scenes that aren’t as funny as they want to be. Handling of time and structure is also off-putting. The weird old white dude who mocks his Japanese girlfriends is baffling; it clearly is not supposed to paint him in a good light, yet the PTA bros in the audience howl in laughter, so.. not sure if the right point comes across. Not sure what the rave…