Tyler Cooney

Tyler Cooney

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“Some days he’s normal, some days not. Just like the rest of us.”

Favorite films

  • GoodFellas
  • Fanny and Alexander
  • Short Term 12
  • The Dark Knight

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  • The Power of the Dog

    ★★★½

  • The Santa Clause

    ★★★

  • Wanda

    ★★★★

  • A Touch of Zen

    ★★★★★

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  • Fanny and Alexander

    Fanny and Alexander

    ★★★★★

    Ingmar Bergman has many masterpieces, but Fanny and Alexander is his magnum opus. Elegantly drawn out as a TV miniseries (which is the only way to watch this film, as each detail is essential to the overall plot and themes of the film), this highly-personal fairy tale set in a highly realistic setting provides Bergman the opportunity to both explore previous thematic and philosophical ideas with more subtlety and maturity and cathartically flesh out his own upbringing near the end…

  • GoodFellas

    GoodFellas

    ★★★★★

    Paulie knew...

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  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★½

    Real conflicted by this one. Found the first half slower than it needed to be, and the second half beautiful. Loved the direction but quite peeved by the heavily-digitized cinematography (were the logs during the rabbit scene CGI???). Loved the relationship growth by Peter and Phil only to be unwound by an infuriating (for me) twist ending. I find Campion’s eye fascinating but her stories contradicting to my sentiments, which is fine, of course.

    I think the themes are quite…

  • The Santa Clause

    The Santa Clause

    ★★★

    Cute and a classic. Forgot how bad the music/sound choices and the mom’s acting were

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  • Three Colors: Blue

    Three Colors: Blue

    ★★★★½

    Wow, what can I say. Probably the best use of color in a film I’ve ever seen (Heat could never), thematic yet flexible, not just focusing on the melancholic depression of blue as a color but the hopefulness, lightness, and and comfort of its presence. Julie, portrayed by the legendary Juliette Binoche, tries to run from her traumatic experience but can’t; instead of being a nihilistic affair, Blue is an exploration in purpose, hope, and love. Visually stunning with quite…

  • Three Colors: White

    Three Colors: White

    ★★★½

    Welp, in my naïveté I mistook the first film as a first in a narrative, rather than thematic, trilogy, but such is the joy going into classics as blind as possible. I still very much enjoyed the White piece of the series, a sort of black comedy centered around an utterly delightful protagonist who overcomes a series of unfortunate events to find catharsis in light of his tragic divorce. 

    I’m not sure White hits on its metaphors and satires quite…