Favorite films

  • The Fabulous Baron Munchausen
  • Citizen Kane
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • There Will Be Blood

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  • Encanto

    ★★★½

  • Something to Remember

    ★★★½

  • Licorice Pizza

    ★★★½

  • Dear Evan Hansen

    ★★

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  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★

    This is a classier version of Roland Emmerich’s Anonymous, and I can’t really recommend Mank without a series of asterisks and a FilmBro explanation filled with Well, actually’s.

    I had really hoped that Fincher would remove the elements of Pauline Kael’s debunked and ill-informed article that Fincher’s father had based the original screenplay on.

    Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, and the unfounded and disproven allegations that Orson Welles had nothing to do with the Citizen Kane screenplay get to live on.…

  • Capone

    Capone

    ★★

    The word for this movie is “gross.”

    That’s the word that kept coming back to me throughout watching. This is a gross movie.

    I don’t even mean that in pointedly derogatory way. It just is.

    What Capone lacks in visual acceptability it also lacks in coherency. You can argue that the story of a senile man with neurosyphilis is intentionally presented in that way, but I’m referring to the fact that this feels like a piecemeal patchwork movie.

    I’m unaware…

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  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★

    This really opened my eyes to the everyday realities for the deaf community. It also made me sad for the U.S. healthcare systems, and scared for the volume that I listen to podcasts at. 

    This told a compelling social narrative with some of the best performances of the years, but unlike Beautiful Boy, did so without coming across as preachy.

  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense

    ★★★★

    I went into this not knowing if I had ever heard a Talking Heads song before (I recognized “Psycho Killer” and “Once In A Lifetime,” which, could somebody tell me what intro or trailer or thing that song is used in? It’s driving me crazy). The only thing I did know about the band was that David Byrne made the movie True Stories.

    I also thought this was going to be a traditional doc following a band on tour, so…