Favorite films

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • Harakiri
  • Cries and Whispers

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  • The Tender Bar

    ★★

  • Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

    ★★★

  • Maborosi

    ★★★★

  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★★

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  • The Tender Bar

    The Tender Bar

    ★★

    The Tender Bar is offensively unremarkable and takes up no space in my memory. It's unbearably innocuous. The coming-of-age structure gives it the feeling of some importance but there's no story. It feels closer to a memory piece with the nostalgia substituting for the plot. Ben Affleck and Ty Sheridan have their moments, but few and far between. It's conventional storytelling and presents old ideas with nothing new to say. Furthermore, the lighting and sharpness of digital photography undercut the direction. A misfire with unnervingly bad needle drops – not worth the effort

  • Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

    Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

    ★★★

    Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House is the most domesticated film I've ever seen. Cary Grant and Myrna Lou as an idealistic married couple that is lodged in the grips of chasing their version of the American dream, building the big white picket fence house. The plot is essentially the home inspection process and all the hidden costs of buying a home. The slapstick humor has its moments in these unfounded issues around their purchases and the crippling self-doubt of…

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  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★

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    I'll keep this brief, Spider-Man: No Way Home is one of the most gimmicky film experiences I've ever had. We've reached a point where telling compelling stories isn't necessary, as long as there's an overabundance of superhero/villain introductions to make up the plot. Original stories are out, and slamming every idea over the last two decades, in regards to Spider Man, into a single blender are in. In fact, the main reveal of Andrew Garfield, Toby McGuire, and Tom…

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★★½

    Mank is impeccably made - a towering achievement for David Fincher, as a film that succeeded on every conceivable creative level, expanding on the Kane legend and not misrepresenting the people the original Herman Mankiewicz Citizen Kane script portrayed. Bombastic, overtly provocative, dripping in narcissism writing that would've made Herman Mankiewicz proud. A gorgeously shot homage to the masterpiece Citizen Kane, the old studio system, and the levity of the situation with the Hearst family's friendly relationship with Mankiewicz and…