Favorite films

  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • The Place Beyond the Pines

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  • The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★

  • The Paper Tigers

    ★★★★

  • House of Gucci

    ★★★

  • The Beta Test

    ★★★

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  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★

    An unexpected film in every way. Knew nothing going in, so I as able to approach it fresh. Gave me a lot of George Stevens' Giant vibes (1956) with the power struggle between family members and new blood coming into someone's sacred circle of protection. I did not see the ending coming at all. The slow-burning Western vibe was such a contrast from the passionate, generous storytelling in Campion's The Piano. Yet the movies have things in common, as well. Campion is very interested in repressed desire and what that does to a person's soul. Really liked the score, too. Benedict Cumberbatch gives an enigmatic performance.

  • The Paper Tigers

    The Paper Tigers

    This Cobra Kai fangirl truly enjoyed The Paper Tigers, the closest watch-alike yet to the popular Karate Kid reboot. Three childhood friends, all who trained under the same sifu (master father), reunite as middle-aged men when said sifu dies. Although the death was named a heart attack, the trio wonders if foul play was at hand, and set out to find the truth. Their skills have taken a nosedive as they aged (Jim, who still trains fighters in a gym…

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  • Eternals

    Eternals

    ★★★½

    The newest entry in the MCU introduces us to a whole new set of characters. I had my heart set against the Eternals from the get-go. I am one of those who wonders if we really need to keep this thing going. Unless you are a total Marvel zombie, the average moviegoer has already invested a lot of time in the MCU. With a world of stories to tell, what's the incentive to keep going and giving Disney more dollars?…

  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★★

    Like Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, Minari is a heartland tale of family, finding a home, and growing up, with an immigration twist. A Korean American family tries to find their own version of the American dream. It boasts unforgettable performances from main and supporting characters alike. We all need a grandma that swears while she plays cards and teaches us the joys of wrestling. What could have been an unbearably heavy story manages to seep sweetness and charm with slice-of-life images of the family cooking and eating together and discovering Mountain Dew.