Favorite films

  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • The Lego Movie
  • Fargo
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

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  • All Too Well: The Short Film

    ★★★★

  • The Many Saints of Newark

    ★★★

  • Prescription: Murder

    ★★★★

  • Free Guy

    ★★½

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  • All Too Well: The Short Film

    All Too Well: The Short Film

    ★★★★

    This was pretty damn good. I’m unfamiliar with Taylor’s previous videography (I believe she’s directed a few of her more recent music videos, which I haven’t seen yet), but I was pleasantly surprised by how strong her direction is here. Sadie and Dylan were great as well; thought the age gap was a bit icky at first, until I realised that was the whole point. Their argument in the non-musical scene in the middle was probably the highlight. I don’t…

  • The Many Saints of Newark

    The Many Saints of Newark

    ★★★

    It was ok. An inessential, but perfectly serviceable accessory to the Sopranos universe.

    Most of the acting was pretty great. Vera Farmiga was probably the highlight for me; she completely nails Livia. Michael Gandolfini doesn’t have much to work with here, but he fills his father’s shoes seamlessly. A few of the other characters from the show felt a bit off, either leaning too far into a caricature (e.g. Silvio) or just not being very recognisable (e.g. Paulie), but I…

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  • The Lobster

    The Lobster

    ★★★★★

    The Lobster, funnily enough, seems to have a lot in common with Rick and Morty. They’re both works that are praised by some for being deep and meaningful, and blasted by others for failing to do so. But what makes both of them so great is that they aren’t deep and meaningful. They’re both comedies with stupid premises that are stretched to their most logical conclusions. And that’s the joke.

    I don’t love The Lobster for its commentary on relationships or whatever.…

  • Thomas and the Magic Railroad

    Thomas and the Magic Railroad

    ★★½

    A movie with a lot of heart, but a distinct lack of narrative cohesion. 

    This was my favourite childhood movie, and I hadn’t seen it for at least a decade. But oh boy, what a mess this is. It’s not good.

    Britt Allcroft had struck gold by adapting the Rev. W. Awdry’s Railway Series into Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, a pretty fantastic TV show if you ask me. She gained further success by introducing Thomas to Americans via…