Favorite films

  • Landscape in the Mist
  • The Bad and the Beautiful
  • Still Walking
  • Brief Encounter

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  • The Last Duel

    ★★★★

  • They Live

    ★★★★

  • Juliet of the Spirits

    ★★★½

  • Creature from the Black Lagoon

    ★★★

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  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★★★

    There's something hilarious to me about how much the marketing for this leans on it being a "true story" when its set so far in the past with details so generic. Is anyone on the fence going "ooooh this really happened? NOW I'm in!" Marketing aside I thought this was pretty great! A Rashomon-inspired medieval epic that tells its story, or at least parts of its story, three different times from the key perspectives. We have Jean de Carrouges (Damon)…

  • They Live

    They Live

    ★★★★

    Blank Check podcast watch along:
    John Carpenter

    A lot of Carpenter's films are political in one way or the other but up to this point in his career they have not been this naked in their ideology. Basically the ultimate conspiracy theorist movie which takes on a weird subtext in today's world but when its executed this well it's easy to hone in on its attack of the wealthy and distaste for authority while ignoring the "only I can see…

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  • Creature from the Black Lagoon

    Creature from the Black Lagoon

    ★★★

    Second half of a Universal monsters double feature and definitely the weaker of the two after loving The Invisible Man. Outside of that fascinating romantic subtext that Del Toro turned literal in The Shape of Water and impressive underwater photography there's not much I loved here. What's interesting is that the monster itself is not even what dates this the most (and it's a guy in a rubber suit!)- the repetitive music sting makes this play like a comedy sometimes…

  • Satantango

    Satantango

    ★★★★★

    Thanks to Criterion Channel (and Arbelos for the wonderful restoration) I have finally tackled a "white whale" of world cinema: Hungarian auteur Béla Tarr's seven and a half hour slow cinema masterpiece Sátántangó. It is a film that demands your complete focus and that you don't think about focusing, not necessarily an easy place to get. If you can get yourself in that mindset and stay there it is capable of inducing a cinematic trance unlike anything I've experienced.

    Tarr…