Favorite films

  • Come and See
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Yi Yi
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

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  • Night on Earth

    ★★★★

  • The Great Escape

    ★★★★½

  • Drug War

    ★★★★½

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    ★★★★

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  • Night on Earth

    Night on Earth

    ★★★★

    Fun anthology film that takes place almost entirely inside taxis around the world, aside from the occasional loving moments of cityscape. As someone who at one point taxid to work at least once a week, this film, while quirky, is a pretty honest portrayal of the types of conversations and dynamics you'll find yourself having while cabbing.

    One time, I had a cab driver offer to share a joint on my way to work, and yet other drivers would start…

  • The Great Escape

    The Great Escape

    ★★★★½

    Watched on Criterion Bluray.
    The third of my Criterion Christmas gifts, and while this gift was certainly influenced by my father's tastes, I've always loved prison break/POW narratives, so this is still right up my alley.

    And this features everything that's great about those stories. Meticulous planning and collaboration in face of insurmountable and oppressive odds, an inherent constant tension, and a witty cast of heros, all with their own job.

    This cast is stacked! Sure, McQueen is cool as…

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  • Angst

    Angst

    ★★★½

    A home invasion psycho killer movie from the perspective of the killer. Typically killers in these films are calculated and effective, two steps ahead of their victims, and scarily competent at murder. But in Angst we get the opposite, we see plans fail, we see the killer scared and on the run himself. He lucks into his murders, and when it comes time to kill he's flustered and sloppy.

    This sounds sorta like the premise to a funny movie, (side…

  • Drug War

    Drug War

    ★★★★½

    Drug War is slick and tight and anchored by two great leading performances. While this could have easily been an ok procedural, Johnnie To adds so much spice and flavor to his characters and story that it's engaging from the start. What an incredible climactic shootout!!!!