Amy Hensarling

Amy Hensarling

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If one does not want something, it disappears
—Krzysztof Kieślowski

Favorite films

  • Wild Tales
  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
  • Adaptation.
  • The Red Shoes

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  • Compartment No. 6

    ★★★

  • Bad Lieutenant

    ★½

  • Together Together

    ★★★½

  • Petite Maman

    ★★

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  • Compartment No. 6

    Compartment No. 6

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Compartment No. 6 falls in a tricky category for me. I couldn’t connect/wasn’t feeling it on the whole, but certain parts were outstanding. Three parts, in fact. Tried to construct a general review for this & realized I just want to write about what I liked most, so everything below is a spoiler if you want to go in cold. Don’t read further if you do. 

    1. The movie doesn’t really start ‘til an hour in, so when something finally happens…

  • Bad Lieutenant

    Bad Lieutenant

    15 minutes in, I figured out the problem. Bad Lieutenant is my 5th Ferrara, but the first I’ve seen not penned by Nicholas St John. He & Ferrara were childhood friends & made 9 films together—St John’s last being The Funeral in ‘96. I’m not entirely sure why he didn’t write this one, but Ferrara says of their parting:

    We were making bread, we were making movies, and then he just said basta, man. No more. He walked away when he was…

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  • Petite Maman

    Petite Maman

    ★★

    Welp, going to go ahead & file this under Movies I Feel Terrible For Not Loving, & we can call it a day. 

    Having a hard time discerning what didn’t work, and why. The little girls are the direct opposite of the annoying precocious kid in C’mon C’mon. Like, straight out of a Wes Anderson film (minus the comedy). Mature, bright, comforting. Perceptive. Easy to love.

    Petite Maman also brings a surprising premise that’s an interesting kind of hybrid between Back to the…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★½

    The heart wants what it wants, or else it does not care.
    —Emily Dickinson

    In one of his many terrific Inherent Vice reviews, my friend Frank quoted an excerpt from a Marc Maron interview with Paul Thomas Anderson. Maron asked what Inherent Vice was about. PTA replied: 

    "It's about Pynchon. That's the first thing that pops in my mind. Followed really quickly right behind that, it's about the ex-old lady—that you may have, or I may have, or we all may have—who…