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.

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  • Juliet of the Spirits

    Juliet of the Spirits

    ★★★★★

    a kind of daytime giallo, like film soleil is to film noir, and also a one-sided fantasy comedy of remarriage; almost a reverse shot of 8 1/2 cut across gender lines

  • 8½

    ★★★★★

    I don’t know why this/Fellini is considered overrated Arthouse Cinema or whatever by some people nowadays…. in terms of mid-century European modernism this is up there with any of the Renais, Antonioni, Godard, etc. from that circa 1960 period; and as great as those films are I’m not sure any of them have the same kind of tenderness as I detect in this one

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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…

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★★★★

    I've been reading a bit of Joseph Campbell lately -- aka the guy who talks about myth and who Lucas took a bunch of ideas from -- and the one thing he talks about that I find to be quite true is that we've lost our ability to relate to myth, in the sense that we no longer go to it for spiritual edification. Tradition & ritual & myth are things that people don't really respond to anymore. I don't feel confident…