Favorite films

  • Taxi Driver
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • I Hired a Contract Killer
  • Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana

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  • The Sleepwalkers

    ★★★

  • P.S. Burn This Letter Please

  • Martin Eden

    ★★★½

  • Memoria

    ★★★½

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  • Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana

    Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana

    ★★★★½

    If anyone wants a fast, concise introduction to Kaurismäki, Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana is exactly that. It has the depressed, quiet characters defined by a few traits like coffee addiction, the romance that seems repressed and immature but brings a relief to every day grayness, the often present road trip element, obviously the absurd and deadpan jokes, the side characters who are realized brilliantly in only a couple scenes, the musical act, the few second misdirections and the…

  • I Hired a Contract Killer

    I Hired a Contract Killer

    ★★★★½

    We see Henri, an ostracized immigrant in a corporate environment played by Jean-Pierre Leaud, get fired from work so he decides to commit suicide. But he can't go through with it so he hires a killer to finish the job. After that the film becomes a casual cat and mouse game full of side events and quiet moments with barely any tension that would usually come from death hanging above someone's head. Because death isn't really about death. It's about…

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  • P.S. Burn This Letter Please

    P.S. Burn This Letter Please

    Experiencing a little festival fatigue and I haven't gotten much schoolwork done so I'll write just about one of the three movies I saw yesterday (Martin Eden and The Sleepwalkers being the other two).

    P.S. Burn This Letter Please focuses on the New York drag scene and recounts some stories from gay men who paved the way for current and future generations. It's hardly an all encompassing history lesson and takes a long time to acknowledge the drag scene in…

  • Memoria

    Memoria

    ★★★½

    HIFF 2021 #13

    My first Weerasethakul film and I think I could become a fan after the second one. The sound design is monstrously good and incredibly varied from loud car alarms and metallic balls to complete silence that lasts minutes, and everything in-between. Chatter in an academic setting, vehicles in crowded streets, animals in a jungle, rain coming down, distant diegetic music. It's a sonic dreamland and Joe eases you to it with the help of his still images.…

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  • What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?

    What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?

    ★★★★

    HIFF 2021 #11

    Koberidze's second feature brings elements of magical realism to a small Georgian town. Two people, Lisa and Giorgi, meet and fall in love but a curse strikes them overnight and changes their appearance so that they won't recognize each other ever again. But What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? is much more than its narrative silliness makes it sound like it. It’s a unique experimentation of various formal techniques that alone wouldn’t make…

  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★★½

    HIFF 2021 #10 (halfway there)

    I loved this so SO much! Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy is a three part anthology about love and (less assuring) human connection, misunderstandings and chances, desires and disappointments. You know like life, man. Dialogue-heavy and explicit in its statements but finds an insane amount of nuance thanks to how honest, unapologetic, funny and touching the writing is. And the performances are absolutely pitch perfect. My favorite ensemble work in a long time.

    A couple…