Todd Hill

Todd Hill

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Todd Hill's full-length film articles reside at warm3wind.medium.com.

Favorite films

  • Some Like It Hot
  • Five Easy Pieces
  • The Fabulous Baker Boys
  • Children of Men

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  • The Reader

    ★★★½

  • Vertigo

    ★★★★

  • The Citadel

    ★★★½

  • Midsommar

    ★★½

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  • The Reader

    The Reader

    Possible alternative title -- "I Had Sex With a Nazi."

    That snarky comment is just a nod to all those who not only slam this movie today, but did upon its release as well. For the record, I was a fan of this film in 2008, and remain so now, having just done a re-watch in preparation for writing a piece on the Best Picture nominees of 2009 (and should've-been nominees; there were a couple of major omissions that year).…

  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★

    I haven't seen every film Alfred Hitchcock directed, but I figured I had seen enough of them to identify the problem I've had with so many of his pictures -- an unfortunate tendency of this director's to bring his clearly impressive filmmaking talent and ability to the service of so many creaky, convoluted plots that are hard to take seriously. Seeing "Vertigo," however, has finally allowed me to look past storyline to what Hitchcock was sometimes able to accomplish despite…

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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★

    I didn't drink the Kool-Aid, and that made all the difference. I was aware of the hype surrounding this film -- oners! told in real time! -- but never really paid attention to it. The worst thing about film hype is that it leaves me going too far in the other direction ("Really? That's it?"). That's probably what happened to me with fellow Best Picture nominee "Parasite," for instance. But because I watched "1917" in a relatively hype-free environment, I…

  • Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind

    We, as a society, cannot address our problems with race by hiding our problems with race. This movie is a specific example of that problem, and it should not be canceled by our indignant, easily outraged culture. I'm not here to defend the film. I fully respect anyone's desire to criticize the picture, ignore it, write it off the face of their own personal earth. But it should not be canceled.

    The problem with "GWTW," as I see it, isn't…