Julian (The Film Seeker)

Julian (The Film Seeker)

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No longer the Cynic.

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Favorite films

  • Moonlight
  • Chungking Express
  • Parasite
  • An Elephant Sitting Still

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  • Blonde

    ★★

  • The Lady Eve

    ★★★½

  • But I'm a Cheerleader

    ★★★★

  • Thumbsucker

    ★★★

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  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    Steven Spielberg had already made two films—one of them theatrically released—by the time Jaws reared its legendary dorsal fin above the shallows. No disrespect to Duel and The Sugarland Express (both great films in their own right), but no one will argue that it was in 1975 when "Steven Spielberg: Cinema Icon" was born. Out of stress-inducing budgetary constraints and animatronic malfunctions was birthed one of the seminal pieces of New Age American cinema, spawning instantly recognizable iconography, oft-repeated quotes…

  • Three Thousand Years of Longing

    Three Thousand Years of Longing

    ★★★★

    Seven long years have passed since George Miller flailed aggressively onto our screens with what was simultaneously one of the most ambitiously worthwhile and arguably overhyped films of the 21st century. In a career defined by many genre detours seeming to instill a sense of longing in anyone getting too comfortable with any single setting of the Miller dial, it only seemed fitting that the perpetually energized late-septuagenarian would set his eyes towards that sentiment more directly. The undeniably mixed…

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  • Blonde

    Blonde

    "Tragic, hot mess" is probably the most common—if not entirely accurate—descriptor used when facing the towering persona of one Marilyn Monroe, filtered by decades of revelations that would add further context to the initial misperception of a ditsy airhead with delusions of genuine acting prowess. Hers is a tale ripe for sympathetic, cautionary recounting, if only to shed light on how every one of those three deadly words is fuelled through no fault of the actress's own, but rather the…

  • But I'm a Cheerleader

    But I'm a Cheerleader

    ★★★★

    What's this? A camp film... inspired by John Waters... that's good? Like, not ironically good, but GENUINELY good? And not only is it good, it's... great? Such a proposition sounds almost like a concept straight out of the Twilight Zone, but Jamie Babbit's But I'm a Cheerleader strikes that perfect balance of absurdity and sincerity befitting a story of the misplaced intentions birthing ideas such as conversion camps.

    Tonally a far cry from similarly plotted films like The Miseducation of…

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  • Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

    Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

    Let this be a lesson to all you self-proclaimed Oscar pundits out there: no matter how airtight the perceived top 5 list for International Feature may be, always expect whichever committee votes on these nominees to throw in at least one curveball to fuck with everybody! This year, I learned that lesson the hard way when perhaps the easiest slam dunk category of the year was upended with the untimely demise of Asghar Farhadi's best movie in almost a decade.…

  • Blue Collar

    Blue Collar

    ★★★★½

    Today, shifting attitudes towards empathy (and union rules not unlike the ones baked into the very premise of this film) would make it difficult to support the old school notion that a great picture is worth the on-set hellfire that its production might stoke. Well, Paul Schrader is very much of the old school, so when one gazes in slack-jawed awe at the absolute masterclass of his directorial debut Blue Collar, one can't help but at least consider whether the…