Favorite films

  • The Godfather
  • The Irishman
  • Citizen Kane
  • The Graduate

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  • The Barkleys of Broadway

    ★★★

  • Navy Blue and Gold

    ★★★½

  • That's Entertainment, Part II

    ★★★

  • Meet Me in St. Louis

    ★★★½

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  • (500) Days of Summer

    (500) Days of Summer

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    (500) Days of Summer is a film with many fantastic moments but is unfortunately held back from being great.

    I really loved the style of the film, with the "expectations and reality" montage being one of my favorite scenes in any rom-com. This quirky, indie style allows the film to stand above most of the other films in its genre.

    Unfortunately, when the film loses its style, it becomes dull and uninteresting. The biggest offender of this was the architecture…

  • The Magnificent Ambersons

    The Magnificent Ambersons

    ★★★½

    I would love to see Orson Welles’ original cut of The Magnificent Ambersons. The acting is superb, the dialogue is incredibly well written, and the aesthetic is really elegant. 

    Unfortunately, studio interference clearly cheapened what could have been a phenomenal movie, making it simply a good movie. 

    The plot feels a bit rushed at times, because of the studio trying to cut the run time. More time would have allowed the character development to be a bit more natural. That…

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  • Bicycle Thieves

    Bicycle Thieves

    ★★★★½

    It is easy to see why Bicycle Thieves (1948) is hailed as one of the greatest accomplishments in global cinema. Through the casting of non-actors and grounded cinematic techniques, Vittorio De Seca crafted a truly beautiful film with awe-inspiring cinematography, stunning production design, and a haunting score.

    To begin with what I believe is the most important aspect of a film, the performances are utterly heart-wrenching. De Seca made the conscious decision to cast regular people in the lead roles…

  • The Gentlemen

    The Gentlemen

    ★★

    Narratively half-baked and tonally jarring, The Gentlemen is a mess of a movie. At one moment it is a self-aware, tongue and check, crime film and at the next it’s taking itself seriously, with neither tones sticking the landing. The film also thinks it is way cleverer than it actually is, as it doesn’t realize that referencing cliched story beats does not put you above them, as the film is incredibly formulaic and forgettable. 

    The performances fall into this inconsistency,…