E.L. Carpenter

E.L. Carpenter

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PTA, I worship at your cinematic altar.

studying computer science to up my film stats game

Favorite films

  • The Earrings of Madame de...
  • Le Notti Bianche
  • Brief Encounter
  • The Green Ray

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  • Edward, My Son

    ★★

  • Thief

    ★★

  • Black Narcissus

    ★★★★

  • Nothing Sacred

    ★½

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  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★½

    I'm honestly not sure how I feel about it.

    I didn't really get the New Yorker thing until the third act, once Jeffrey Wright's character was on and it was evidently based on James Baldwin. I think if I had made that connection earlier on, I would have enjoyed it more.

    Not to say I didn't enjoy it - for instance, I loved Frances and Timothée together. But speaking as President of the Christoph Waltz Fan Club, I was very…

  • Stalag 17

    Stalag 17

    ★★★★

    Why I have continually put this off, I don't know. Billy Wilder is clearly one of the most versatile writers and directors to have ever lived.

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  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★

    Don’t do our boy Orson like that, Finch

  • Close-Up

    Close-Up

    ★★★★★

    I don't think I've ever felt so under-qualified to write about a film before.

    I honestly had low expectations because I hadn't greatly enjoyed my first and only film of Kiarostami, Certified Copy. I didn't think one film would be enough to completely change my mind about a director, but, here we are, bowing at his alter, as a master of his art and craft.

    Unbelievable.