A.C. Webster

A.C. Webster

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“He's got a girl, I got a cat.”

Favorite films

  • Blow Out
  • Le Cercle Rouge
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • The Green Knight

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  • Park

  • Phantom of the Paradise

    ★★★★★

  • Citizen Kane

    ★★★★★

  • The Piano

    ★★★★½

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  • The Piano

    The Piano

    ★★★★½

    An enlightening rewatch. The haunting sentimentality of The Piano shone through what I initially found cold and distant. To be sure, the film is a strange romance that is not particularly warm towards its audience. However, Jane Campion uses these as methods to construct a beautifully realized story about communication beyond speaking.

    Ada's selective muteness is such a fascinating character choice because it creates a reliance on other means of interaction, whether written, translated, or seen directly through her facial…

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★★

    31 Days of Halloween 2021: Day 2, Film 2

    On its own merit, Titane is a bold, provocative, incredibly French film that takes body horror to audacious new heights. As a big fan of Julia Ducournau’s fabulous debut Raw, her second film is another extreme exploration of the human appetite. Whereas the central character of Raw is conveyed in some ways as a victim of circumstances, Titane’s Alexia does plenty to dissuade you of that notion here despite her own tragic circumstances. It’s…

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  • Beyond Therapy

    Beyond Therapy

    ★★★

    Baffling, even for Altman. Beyond Therapy lands squarely in the director's fallow period three years after the excellent Secret Honor and five years before his semi-revival in the 90s thanks to The Player and Short Cuts. This film retains all the loose, free-wheeling elements of Altman's past ensemble comedies, but with fewer engaging characters and scenarios.

    At the behest of their respective therapists, Jeff Goldblum and Julie Hagerty go on a date that ends horribly--primarily due to their own personalities…

  • Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    ★★★

    A friend of mine was in his early twenties when he and a group of friends ventured to a refitted Air Force base in Rome, NY to Woodstock '99. As he recalls it, there were memories of great bands alongside his specific anecdote of sleeping in shit-infested dirt next to a police line on the final day of the festival. This sums up much of what Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage attempts to convey--a third crack at the Woodstock…

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  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★

    Charlie Kaufman's career is paved with example after example of putting his ideas over form, and I'm Thinking of Ending Things is perhaps his most ambitious and least concrete. I'm sure the buzz surrounding this film will be its "inaccessibility." In a narrative sense, this tracks: the basic outset of a young woman meeting her boyfriend's parents at his childhood home quickly gives way to shifting realities and esoteric conversations on poetry, aging, and film criticism. This ambiguity can be…

  • Jeremy

    Jeremy

    ★★★★

    A tremendously sweet and gentle film that tells you everything from its tagline: "it's about the first time you fall in love." Jeremy Jones is a reserved and precocious high schooler in New York City. A chance encounter with a girl named Susan sends Jeremy into the melodramatic throes of teenage romance. The heightened drama of every shy glance or awkward phrase perfectly captures the feeling of a teenager's first real moments of love. The entire film is predicated on…