Joel Mandelkorn

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Favorite films

  • Ikiru
  • Certified Copy
  • Mistress America
  • Burning

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  • House on Haunted Hill

    ★★★½

  • Reflections in a Golden Eye

    ★★★½

  • None But the Lonely Heart

    ★★

  • Nashville

    ★★★★★

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  • House on Haunted Hill

    House on Haunted Hill

    ★★★½

    "She's so amusing."

    So simple, yet so confusing. The classic and pitch-perfect music is the real winner. And, guns in little coffin boxes... The perfect party favor? Not sure Carolyn Craig gets the scream queen credit she deserves.

  • Reflections in a Golden Eye

    Reflections in a Golden Eye

    ★★★½

    <insert horse metaphor>

    Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando work the room like few others, and this film provides plenty of space.

    This movie is easily one of the best looking John Huston films. It's a tightly wound domestic drama with thriller underpinnings and a thoughtful study of self-control or control, in general. Sex and violence are intertwined, sometimes on the surface, sometimes underneath - always with an implied threat. Huston seems to earnestly be trying to dig into unspoken social…

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  • Nashville

    Nashville

    ★★★★★

    Observer's delight.

    Ambitious and intimate, this film is a wonderful piece of American zeitgeist. It's a grand ode to an earnest, yet stunted culture. It's a treat to view a story effortlessly assembling a collage of perspectives - adjoined with both curious warmth and soft ridicule. The layered and lived-in sound design and visual stoicism are exciting, creating the kind of film that feels singular and timeless.

    Absolutely love the hard cynical turn the final 45 minutes.

  • The Comedy of Terrors

    The Comedy of Terrors

    Extreme ham alert.

    If this were only watching Vincent Price and Peter Lorre argue and break into fancy houses, I'd be all in. A sleepy and confused Boris Karloff is fun but superfluous to anything else going on.