asterixes

I'm an American lawyer with no formal film education.

Favorite films

  • Through the Olive Trees
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Andrei Rublev
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

    ★★★★

  • Sans Soleil

  • Mandabi

    ★★★★★

  • Key Largo

    ★★★★

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  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

    ★★★★

    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels derives its laughs not from punchlines or visual gags, or even particularly comic twists of plot. Instead, it's a somehow understated comedy of irony and error--all in a film with Bren guns, massacres, Greek henchmen, and Cockney accents.

  • Sans Soleil

    Sans Soleil

    I could not finish this and can't really give a star rating. Simply not for me, I think. I guess I'm just not that interested in what Marker thinks about the world--most of the observations our nested narrator makes stank faintly of triteness--nor am I beguiled by travelogue imagery.

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  • Stroszek

    Stroszek

    ★★★★

    Do not make the mistake of changing your surroundings in the hopes of changing your life.

    Bruno Stroszek is an alcoholic, recently released from prison, with few skills besides looking a fool playing the accordion. Harassed by pimps in Germany, he decides to move to America in the hopes of turning his life around. Maybe there he can make his fortune; get his girlfriend Eva out of the cycle of prostitution; find a semblance of self-respect. Predictably, nothing changes. The…

  • Le Cercle Rouge

    Le Cercle Rouge

    ★★★★★

    Le Cercle Rouge is the Alpha and Omega of heist movies. It has an expository first act, where our partners in crime meet and test the boundaries of their trust; a gripping second act, where our criminals execute the perfect heist; and a delicious moral fable for its third act, where our protagonists get double-crossed on their way to the morgue. If you meet someone who has never seen a heist movie, show them Le Cercle Rouge; they'll never bother…