Collin Brinkmann

Collin Brinkmann

Just gonna use this as a place for rough thoughts on things--star ratings are purely polemical and no word is final.

Favorite films

  • A Hidden Life
  • The Yards
  • The Godfather: Part III
  • Heaven's Gate

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  • Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★★

  • The Sweet East

    ★★★★★

  • Perfect Days

    ★★★★★

  • The Kiss of Death

    ★★★★★

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  • Perfect Days

    Perfect Days

    ★★★★★

    Not quite as bizarrely productive as, say, Werner Herzog's Family Romance LLC (to name another recent Japanese film by an old German great) but still weirder than the praise & publicity this one has been getting suggests. Tension-less, near drama-less digital video poem.... Wenders/Yakusho's How Do You Live?.... odd movie, don't let the Academy types flatten this out for you...

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★★

    tectonic plates shifting against each other over thousands of years type cinema

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  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★★★

    why do you love me?

    With Fincher it always comes back to this: loneliness, plus its attendant causes and effects -- alienation and self-isolation, ambition and failure, love and disappointment, desire and loss, etc. etc. The questions of why certain people stick around and others leave when someone is who they are and does what they do. I find Mank and his wife's relationship quite moving, and as such is a great example of how Fincher subtly operates with this…

  • Blonde

    Blonde

    ★★★★★

    idk.... I'm at a loss here because I can't remember the last time I watched a film this long & this resistant to caring about conventional narrative rhythms, standards of character psychology, the purpose of images, time/audience management, etc etc etc etc. ...
    I'm skeptical of those who are quick to hate it / or quick to love it, I can't imagine having a Definitive Take on this messy movie. The film seems to be asking the question of me: why…

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